‘Everything goes as long as it has chocolate in it’ ! And that’s very true about any thing (baked or otherwise) that comes out of my kitchen. Hardly surprising is it? I think I won’t be terribly way off if I stated that ‘Chocolate makes the world go around’ 🙂 While we are on this topic – here are some delectable quotes on chocolate:
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.”― Katharine Hepburn
“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.”― Sandra Boynton
Now that I have convinced everyone about the goodness of chocolate (not that I needed to try ‘hard’! ) , I present you with my ‘Chocolatey Banana Bread’ ! I cannot take credit for coming up with this idea – Julie from ‘Julie’s family kitchen’ sometime back baked a chocolatey banana loaf which was my inspiration! Thanks Julie!. The moment I saw that I wondered why I had never thought of it myself considering my thoughts on chocolate above and the fact that I bake banana bread relentlessly – yes! almost every weekend!.. (in fact I would be making it every single weekend if my husband did not end up sometimes stealing and eating my left over ripe bananas 🙁 ). So anyways, as far as adding chocolate – better late than never, right!? So basically I just decided to stick to my original banana nut recipe (I have it by heart now, gosh! baking it so often!) and just made some changes – replaced part of the flour with cocoa and then also replaced some part of the flour with whole wheat and finally also decided to add dates last minute which also helped to cut down on the sugar! See the amazing impact of chocolate ? – It even makes you think healthier ! 🙂 I also added chocolate chips to make it ‘double chocolatey’ and also walnuts which we all love in our banana bread.
So as you might have guessed by now, this chocolatey banana bread will replace the banana bread in my house now ….and I made an additional loaf this weekend so I can bring it over to Angie’s for Fiesta Friday party! Cheers to Chocolate! I think it pairs well with Angie’s Latin Lovers 🙂
Chocolatey Banana and Date Bread
This recipe makes a 9 inch loaf pan
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 ripe medium size bananas
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp lime/lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup dates,chopped
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped finely(optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350 deg C. Grease the loaf pan with butter and also lightly dust with some flour and keep aside.
Take a bowl or a large plate and mix the dry ingredients flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda and salt well. Keep aside.
In a medium size mixing bowl, take the butter (that has already been softened) and add the sugar. With a hand mixer (or any other mixer) mix the butter and sugar well. Slowly add one egg at a time and again keep mixing. Then add the bananas and again mix till its nicely mashed and blended. Then add the milk and the lime juice. Now slowly add the cocoa-flour mix 1/2 a cup at a time and keep mixing. Add the vanilla essence and mix again.
Lastly, add the chopped dates, chocolate chips and the walnuts (if adding) and mix by hand slowly.
Now pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake in the oven at 350 deg C for about 38-40 minutes.
Keep checking after 35 minutes (since oven times vary depending on the type of pan used etc.) When a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, then you know its done. at this point, even the sides and top of the cake should look nice dark brown.
After taking the cake out of the oven, let cool for about 5 minutes and then just scrape the sides of the pan with a knife and turn the pan upside down onto a plate to get it out. Cut into thick slices and enjoy with a nice warm cup of tea or coffee.! 🙂