What do you do when when you find some extra ripe bananas at the local supermarket on the clearance rack? You buy them to make banana bread of course! And thats exactly what I did. Now I don’t want to toot my own horn, but it turned out to be delicious! And really so easy to make. Which is important for me as I’m not a very experienced baker by any means. So after the coffee fudge brownies, I thought it would be fun to share another one of my tried and tested, simple yet yummy recipes.
If you haven’t had banana bread yet, first why? And second, you simply must try this recipe! Its super simple, you literally just mash up 3 or so soft ripe bananas and chuck the rest of the ingredients in the same pot, mix well and then put it in the oven to bake. Thats it, really. I made it last weekend and it was divine. It made the whole house smell heavenly, and once it was ready I had to control myself and my husband not to eat the whole thing in one sitting. I made mine with chunks of a giant chocolate fruit and nut bar that I chopped up, and with chocolate sprinkles on top. Can you tell that I love chocolate 🙂
The recipe can be modified to add chopped up fruits, berries, nuts or anything else you might like. You can even do a mix of chocolate and berries or fruit. It will be delicious. I made it once with chocolate chips and blueberries. It was amazing. Now that I’m thinking about it, I absolutely need to make that again. The problem is that though I love baking, I enjoy having generous portions of what I bake as well. That results in many many extra hours in the gym, and that I absolutely do not enjoy. Its a vicious cycle. But this banana bread was totally worth it 😛
I hope you make it too, and if you do be sure to let me know how it turned out! Also let me know if you have some fun recipes, I’d love to try them out.
3 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks or chips
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or sprinkles
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit or 175 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf pan with butter.
Mash bananas in a large bowl. Add melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Whisk till combined.
Then sift in the baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Stir mixture with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Then gently stir in the 1 cup of chocolate chunks or chips.
Transfer batter to the prepared pan, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles, and bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Keep bread wrapped tightly at room temperature for up to 4 days, or serve immediately.