Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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During the past few weeks I have been thinking about restarting my blog so here it goes! Residency has been busy, busy, busy but it’s amazing how much I have learned and how much I have yet to learn at the same time. With these new times of social distancing, you really want to minimize the number of trips you make to the grocery store as much as you can. For me, this translates into relying on ingredients I have in the fridge or pantry rather than making multiple trips to the store.

I have numerous recipes that I’ve been waiting to share with y’all and will start with this simple, moist, double chocolate chip banana bread! It is the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee and will fool anyone into thinking it is chocolate cake.  It’s a great way to use up those ripe black bananas you have stashed in your freezer (if you don’t have any, consider starting a habit of putting your old bananas in the freezer instead of throwing them away). These ripe bananas also have a higher content of sugar compared to green bananas (20% vs 1%) which is why they are used in banana bread recipes.

Want a 4 ingredient banana bread? Check out this previous simple Banana Bread recipe!

Interesting fact:

  • Bananas produce ethylene which helps ripen foods so if you have some firm avocados or tomatoes that you want ripened, then place them next to your bananas! (alternately, if you don’t want certain foods to ripen too quickly, keep them in a separate area)

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • Servings: 10
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed (2 brown/black ripe bananas)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or dark)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F
  2. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper (alternate option would be to butter the pan and lightly coat with flour OR to use non-stick cooking spray)
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium mixing bowl
  4. Mash the bananas with a fork in a separate bowl. Mix in the melted butter and brown sugar. Then mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and yogurt.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips and lightly stir (do not over mix or your bread will have a tough texture)
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Oven times vary so check on it at 50 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Use a knife to loosen the edges of the bread from the pan.
  8. You can enjoy this all at once or can save some to freeze up to a month for later cravings (to freeze- make sure the bread is completely cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and place in a freezer bag).

Tips:

  • Add extra ingredients as you like- walnuts, dried fruits, etc.
  • Plain yogurt can be replaced with sour cream, greek yogurt, or buttermilk
  • Butter can be replaced with coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • If you don’t have brown sugar, you can replace with coconut sugar, turbinado sugar, white sugar or maple syrup
  • If you have a third ripe banana that you really want to use, then go ahead and throw it in the bowl
  • For the cocoa powder, if you want extra dark flavor then use the Hershey’s Special Dark 100% Cacao

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Piece of Cake

Sometimes it’s nice to make a tasty dish without turning the whole kitchen upside down. You know, flour all over the countertops, dirty mixing bowls stacked on each other, and countless ingredients scattered about. Well, the Banana Bread recipe below was made with only 4 ingredients! Not only that, but the four ingredients are basic and found in almost any kitchen. Definitely saves you an unneeded trip to the grocery store to get that one rare ingredient.

You can find more 4 ingredient recipes at :

http://www.4ingredients.com.au/

My last experience with bananas and baking didn’t go too well. I was making banana cupcakes and apparently put too much bananas because after an hour the cupcakes were still runny! So as expected, I was a bit skeptical about making this. Too bad this recipe was a failure too :o haha just kidding, it actually turned out quite amazing! Unsurprisingly, the banana bread disappeared in one day. It is a light snack that tastes like cake though it is bread. You could eat it bare to savor the simple flavors or you could spread some butter, jam, or whatever you have handy.

Banana Bread 

Preheat: 350 F

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of whole egg mayonnaise
  • 2 cups of self-rising flour (CRUCIAL that it is self-rising)
Directions:
  1. Mix together the mashed bananas and sugar
  2. Add the mayo and sifted flour and mix until combined
  3. Pour into a loaf tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until well done

The Perfect Breakfast Food Too!