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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Best. Banana Chocolate Bread. Ever.

   Never been a fruit and chocolate person.I have never really enjoyed chocolate-dipped strawberries and unlike my mother,I don't like chocolate-dipped candied orange peel.My friend Amanda leaps at the chance to get a frozen,chocolate dipped banana at the fair every year.Oh but wait,people there is hope.Banana and chocolate,what a tasty combo. I know the excitement is overwhelming and let me tell the fact that I like this bread so much amazed me too. Amanda is on to something,but I'm talking banana and chocolate in bread form. Cinnamon,sugar,chocolate banana goodness in one 8x8 baking pan,I'm a changed woman.
And not to mention that this bread is so good and legendary in my house that my husband requested it the other night.We were picking up some groceries at Kroger . I am wondering around the produce section,slowly crossing things off my list when he comes up to me with a question: Him: " many bananas does it take to make that bread you make?" Me: "What bread would that be honey?" Him: "That banana bread with chocolate." Enough said,I told him to pick out 3 ripe bananas. He did.I made the bread and we were both happy campers the next night. Yep the best banana chocolate bread I've ever tasted,trust me. Make it. Enjoy.

Banana Bread with Cinnamon Sugar & Chocolate
(this amazing recipe comes from an amazing blog called Orangette . It's written by an incredibly talented writer and chef,Molly Wizenberg She's got her own restaurant and she's written a book and you can catch her monthly column in Bon Appetit,this lady has got it goin on. SO here's the plan Stan,go buy her book A Homemade Life make this bread,pour up a big glass of cold milk,chocolate milk if you're that adventerous and read her book. You'll love the book and the bread.)
3 very ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 c granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
For Topping:
2 TBL granulated sugar
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
-preheat your oven to 375 deg.Butter or spray with a cooking spray an 8x8 sqaure baking pan.
-in a medium mixing bowl mash bananas with either a potato masher or fork.Add eggs and stir in well to combine.Add the sugar,vanilla,flour,baking soda,and cinnamon,stir to mix well. Add 3/4c of the chocolate chips to the mixture and combine.Pour the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.
-in a small bowl mix together the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter.The sprinkle the remaining 1/4 c of chocolate chips over the batter.
-bake 35-40 minutes,let cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes.
Thank you Molly Wizenberg.


  1. Ummm...Hello!!!! Yes, I am your banana chocolate friend! :) I am going to have to try this recipe! Looks amazing!

  2. I love that bread too, I make it all the time! Yum!