If you like banana bread, you are going to love this! Chocolate Banana Bread – with chocolate chips too!
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Chocolate Banana Bread
Have you ever bought a bunch of bananas, only to have the last few turn all brown and mushy? Well, those are the perfect ingredients for banana bread!
If you don’t have time to bake right away, just peel the bananas and freeze them. Most recipes call for 3 bananas, so I mush 3 per container and pop them into the freezer. Be sure to label that container though!
This recipe is really simple, and clean-up is a snap if you use a KitchenAid mixer!
- 3 mushy bananas
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark – doesn’t matter)
- 1/4 cup Splenda (you can use regular sugar)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp 100% pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups unbleached flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (use the whole nutmeg & a grater if you can rather than the ground stuff in a jar. The flavor is so much better!)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a 1.5-quart glass loaf pan with baking spray.
In a Pyrex 2 cup measure melt the butter in the microwave. Do this 30 seconds at a time until the butter is melted.
Insert the paddle attachment into the KitchenAid mixer, and put the bananas in the mixing bowl. (Be sure to lock the machine before starting it!)
Mix the bananas on the first speed setting (1) and keep the mixer running
Once the butter is melted, add that to the bananas and continue mixing on 1.
Add the brown sugar, Splenda & salt – keep mixing at 1.
Add the egg, and turn the mixer up to speed 2.
Once all those ingredients are thoroughly combined, turn the speed down to 1 and add the vanilla extract.
Turn the mixer off while you prepare the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and spices. Whisk together with a metal whisk, which will also break up any clumps.
Turn the mixer back on to speed 1, and slowly add the dry ingredients.
Turn the mixer off and scrape the sides with a rubber spatula.
Back to speed 1, and add the chocolate chips. No need to mix for any longer than a few seconds!
Using the rubber spatula, scrape the batter into the greased Pyrex loaf pan. Smooth out the top of the batter with the spatula.
Place the loaf pan on the center rack of the preheated oven.
Bake at 350°for 55 minutes.
Let the Chocolate Banana Bread cool a little before you eat the whole thing!
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