Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chocolate Banana Bread

Banana bread. The staple that gets me through so many things in life. Husband going to China? Make banana bread. Extended house guest's first day of work? Banana bread. No job? Banana bread. Nervous for an audition? BANANA BREAD. You get the picture. I don't need an excuse for this classic. Just give me the bread.

And God forbid it be dry. I can't deal with that. That is just too upsetting. Do not give me dry banana bread.

There's a banana muffin recipe floating around here somewhere that I am very proud of. It is no where close to dry. That is why I am proud, you see.

And happily, I now bring to you my new chocolate banana bread recipe. Truly moist and pretty delicious. And suitable for any emotion.

What's your go-to baked good? And has anyone heard about the potential for bananas to be extinct in ten years? WHOO that makes me upset!! Quick!! Start a banana farm!!!!!

See that dog eyeing it up? Bad. Very bad.

Chocolate Banana Bread

1 stick of butter, softened
1 c sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas, ripe, mashed
3 tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 3/4 c flour
1/2 c baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 c chocolate chips (I used 60% chocolate)

-Preheat oven to 350 and grease loaf pan. Combine butter, sugar, eggs, bananas, vanilla, milk and vanilla in a mixer on medium speed until incorporated. Lumps are ok!
- Stir the dry ingredients together with a fork in a medium sized bowl and slowly add to mixer to incorporate. Fold in chocolate chips and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Tent with foil for the last 10-15 minutes if the top appears to be browning quickly.