Chocolate banana bread had to be made. I couldn't take it anymore!
There are a billion food posts right now on Foodgawker, Tastespotting and Foodbuzz all featuring bananas. We all know this house is a fruit free zone but OMG, I really really needed some banana bread in my life, and it had to involve chocolate.
So the other day I went to the market and actually purchased bananas.
I know! I wasn't given someone's old bananas, I actually paid $0.66 for bananas! (I even accosted some poor woman while I was at it asking how long it takes for a banana to go from green to brown. She looked at me like I was dumber then a bag of bricks.)
After securing my bananas and waiting a few days for them to turn brown, I was shocked to find that not many of my current on hand cook books had recipes for banana bread or muffins, much less a recipe for chocolate banana bread. It was narrowed down to Baked and Baking Illustrated rather quickly.
Baking Illustrated won only because I wasn't feeling espresso powder at the time.
Chocolate Banana Bread
Inspired by Baking Illustrated, obliterated and destroyed by me
- 2 cups unbleached All-purpose flour
- 10 tbs sugar
- ¾ teas baking soda
- ½ teas salt
- 2 ½ ounces grated bittersweet chocolate
- 1 ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbs (¾ stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 tbs Kahlua, or other coffee flavored liquor
Preheat your oven to 350. Great the bottom and sides of a 9x5 loaf pan.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, grated chocolate, and chocolate chips together in a large bowl; set aside.
Mix the mashed bananas, sour cream, eggs butter and Kahlua with a wooden spoon in a bowl. Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined and the batter looks thick and chunky. Pour batter into the prepared load pan.
Bake until loaf is golden brown an a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 55 minutes*. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. (The bread can be wrapped with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.)
*Baking was tricky for my loaf. It took 1 hour and 5 minutes to finish. Normally, my oven cooks things fast, but the center of this bread did not want to set for me.
Fail for me on this one because I am pretty sure I jumped the gun on the bananas. Though they were spotty and brown, the banana flavor didn't permeate through the bread in the way that I wanted. The Kahlua was a nice touch, and so were the chocolate chips, but this was not the chocolate banana bread that I was longing for.
It did have a great crust, though. I guess I'll just have to try again. Dang.
Tanya C. says
I just made the same recipe but minus the chocolate and coffee yesterda
That's cus great minds think alike 😉
Tanya C. says
sorry- wasn't finished.. it was so good! I got the new bakers edge pan for christmas which I LOVE for banana bread and brownies, bakes everything perfect!
Lora @cakeduchess says
Your banana bread looks wonderful! We make it almost once a week. My kids get anxious when I forget to make some, the sour cream makes it so moist;)
Kate @ Diethood.com says
Oh that's brilliant - chocolate and banana in bread - I'd never stop eating it!
I wonder if one banana would have added that taste that you're looking for. Nevertheless, it sounds so yummy good!
Mary at n00bcakes says
I'm a huge fan of banana bread; back in college when I had a bread maker I used to make chocolate chip banana bread all the time (delicious when fresh out of the oven...or baking machine!). Maybe next time I'll try adding some Kaluah and see how that tastes. ^_^
I love banana and chocaolte together, and your bread looks like the perfect morning treat!! Or maybe dessert...with some ice cream 🙂
There can never be enough chocolate and banana recipes. Those loaves look wonderful.
Kimberly (Unrivaledkitch) says
This looks wonderful. If only I liked banana but I'll have to keep it in mind for the banana eaters around me. I want to make something like this into a bread pudding with white chocolate whiskey sauce yum 🙂
I love the interplay of the banana and chocolate. A flavor parade!
Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen says
I love a good banana bread! This sounds amazing with the addition of the chocolate and Kahlua! Mmmm! I am bookmarking this one to make the next time I find myself with overly ripe bananas! 🙂
Sounds delicious. I'm not a cooked banana fan and was never tempted by banana bread -- but, I did bake it for my family. They just got more! Will have to try this at the next get-together. Thanks for sharing and finally getting it done! Come visit when you can...
Kat @ Cupcake Kat says
This sounds amazing. Chocolate, banana, and coffee I could eat a whole loaf!
Awesome post. 😉 The bread looks delicious....I think I feel a new craving coming on. Fortunately I do have some bananas sitting on the counter.
I have soooo many bananas in my freezer just waiting to be turned into this banana bread. I am inspired. Your photos are just getting more and more gorgeous x
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Your chocolate banana bread is so yummy, and beautiful. Would love to try your recipe, since I make banana bread just about once a week, but never a chocolate one!
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