Chocolate banana bread

Late call on Internal Medicine is when you admit patients from 4-7 PM, and end up staying past then to work their problems up. What better prep than bringing banana bread, and that too, chocolate:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large brown bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Mash bananas in a bowl and add melted butter, oil and stir. Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt. Combine dry & wet ingredients and stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle more chocolate on top. Bake for 1 hour at 350*F.

[adapted from here]

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Deliciously overloaded with chocolate. You almost can’t taste the bananas (which I personally can’t complain about!)

Banana chocolate cake {lighter}

I finally made a somewhat healthy recipe that tastes good!!!! (notable failures: avocado cookies, black bean brownies, yogurt cookies……..)

I used this recipe.

Ingredients
  • 3 medium bananas
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips for topping
Mix the bananas and brown sugars. Add the applesauce, vanilla & egg and mix. In another bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine the wet & dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into a prepared 8×8 pan. Sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips. Bake at 350*F for 35 minutes (check the center to make sure it’s done).
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Fudgy & delicious and somewhat light enough to justify being eaten for breakfast :9

Chocolate chip banana bread

Banana bread has two special qualities: 1) it can be masked as a somewhat appropriate breakfast food and 2) its aroma instantly makes your apartment homely. So when my eyes snapped opened too early graduation morning, I knew just what I needed.

I looked at a variety of recipes online and came up with the following:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 large bananas, finely mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup 60% chocolate chips (I used the fat Ghirardelli ones)

Cream the butter and sugar together. Then, add the eggs and mashed bananas. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture. Add the vanilla and mix. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. I slightly undercooked mine (50 minutes).

I’m not going to pretend I know anything about serving sizes.

Refrigerate the leftovers!

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Modifications: I want to try this again with rolled oats, yogurt and/or walnuts.