September 27, 2015

Healthier Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

So the other day during work hours, I had some down time.  Claire was (finally!!) napping and so I decided to look up recipes that included bananas. I had three very ripe-on their last leg- bananas that I didn't want to waste.  I rarely make any kind of breads because from experience, they've turned out not so pretty.  One time, one wasn't even fully cooked through. *See below*

 This was a cranberry, banana and orange zest bread.  It looks good, but it was not.

I googled 'healthy banana bread' and came across a recipe that sounded fairly simple , the ingredients sounded good and basic and I had every single one of them on hand. Well, unfortunately, I can't completely give credit where credit is due because after writing down the ingredients, I eventually had more work to finish up, Claire would wake up and the day got away from me.  I'm glad I jotted the ingredients down. I took a shot and guessed at how I'd prepare this banana bread and it seemed to work!  Because this is probably the best banana bread I've ever made and I think I've made two others before.

It's got a nice crunchy, baked texture on the outside, and moist and fluffy and chocolaty and banana-y on the inside.  The only thing I changed from this recipe was using dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.  I slightly recall the name of the website: something Rasha...I think she was a pretty Indian woman.

Thanks pretty Indian woman! Your recipe for this healthier chocolate chip banana bread is simply wonderful!

Now that it's Fall, I'm all about baking a little more and having a yummy and warm fresh baked item for breakfast with my coffee.  It seems so fitting.

I really think you'll love this banana bread.

Healthier Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 Makes 1 loaf

What you'll need:

1 cup AP Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 -3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk (I use skim)
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup or a little more!  dark chocolate chips or semi-sweet.

What you'll do:

1) pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, milk, olive oil and brown sugar. I like to use a whisk.
3) mash the bananas well with a masher or fork and add them to the egg mixture.
4) combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a smaller bowl. 
5) add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
6) Fold in the chocolate chips.
7) grease a loaf pan with cooking spray (8.5inch)
8) pour the batter in the greased pan and bake for 50-60 min until the top is golden and the toothpick/tester comes out clean.  
9) If you like, scatter a few more chocolate chips on top of the batter before placing in oven.

All ovens are different.  I baked mine for an hour, but next time I might try 50-55 minutes. It was still cooked through wonderfully and very moist on the inside.

 Hope you like it!



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