Banana Chocolate Bread

“Good bread is the great need in poor homes, and often times the best appreciated luxury in the homes of the very rich.”
Bread may have started out into the world as a basic everyday food. As with everything else, it too has evolved into flavors for the various taste buds. Banana bread is not just another flavor in the category of baked delights, but a sure easy way to use those ‘not a pretty sight  bananas’ ,  that were meant to be eaten as fruit, but got neglected as the days rolled by. As  much as we all hate when that happens, it is inevitable. But the good news is, the rotting fruit has hope, since it can be resuscitated into palatable goods and no one has to know 😉 What say?
Try this Banana Bread  recipe with a chocolate twist and leave your loved ones asking for more!!!
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Recipe ~
Ingredients : 1/2 cup (55 grams) toasted walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch processed or regular)
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (85 grams) white, dark, or milk chocolate chips
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 ripe bananas (approximately 1 pound or 454 grams), mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Method :
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack to middle position. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan.
Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 – 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients until just combined and batter is thick and chunky. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips.  Scrape batter into prepared pan and sprinkle the top of the bread with coarse brown sugar (optional). Bake until bread has risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Can be covered and stored for a few days, or frozen for longer storage.

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