Friday, September 21, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The one fruit that my children will eat all the time are bananas. Many times I have walked into the kitchen to see brown mushy bananas hanging from the banana tree stand. I catch my self standing and staring at these bananas contemplating what I am going to do with them. As my mind races a thousand miles an hour staring at the bananas, the solution is inevitable....banana bread. Who doesn't love banana bread? Regular banana bread wont work for me though. Chocolate. Have to add chocolate. I mean, what doesn't taste better with chocolate. 

Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 50 min


2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated white sugar

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)

1/3 cup plain low fat yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In a separate large bowl, beat the sugar and butter in a stand mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir in the flour mixture; just until moist. Don't over-mix. Stir in the chocolate chunks and then gently stir in the walnuts. If you want, you can sprinkle a few additional chocolate chunks on the top to make it look pretty.
4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

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