Thursday, January 9, 2014

Chocolate Banana Bread

I had some very ripe bananas on my counter earlier this week, so I thought I would make up a batch of Banana Bread. Not just any banana bread, but Chocolate Banana Bread! Lets rewind just a bit shall we, because chocolate banana bread was not my intention. This is just what happens when you don't have a yellow cake mix on hand.  

A delicious accident if you ask me. My favorite banana bread recipe is one I've been making for over 15 years. I got this recipe from a sweet elderly lady name Ophelia and it's just the best if you ask me, well and Ophelia. Anytime I have very ripe bananas that's the recipe I use. While I was poking around in the pantry I realized I didn't have a yellow cake mix, but I had a box of devils food.

I thought to myself how would a chocolate banana bread taste? The combination sounded wonderful to me, so that's what I made. This recipe only has 6 ingredients, so it's really easy to make. It smelled wonderful as it baked and as soon as I pulled it out of the oven I knew this bread wasn't going to disappoint. 

As soon as the bread cooled down I sampled a slice and it was really moist and delicious. Everyone in my house agreed that this recipe was a hit. If you have some very ripe and browning bananas hanging out on a counter top, go and make this recipe. Chocolate and bananas are the perfect combination.

As you can see by the photo above I didn't mash the bananas before adding them into my mixing bowl. The bananas I used were very ripe and very soft. Just using the paddle attachment and the mixing of the batter smashed them up perfectly. I love that this recipe uses just one bowl.

For double chocolate goodness you can also sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top before baking.

Chocolate Banana Bread

1 - devils food or chocolate cake mix

2 - eggs
1/3 - cup, canola or vegetable oil
1/2 - cup milk 

3 - very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and mash bananas and set aside. In a large bowl combine the dry cake mix, eggs, oil and milk. 

Blend on low speed with a hand mixer or use the paddle attachment to your Kitchen aid mixer.  Add  mashed bananas and the vanilla extract; mix t combine. 

Pour the batter into a large loaf pan (2qt or larger) or two smaller loaf pans that have been sprayed with baking spray. If using chocolate chips sprinkle a few on top before baking.

Bake for 40 - 45 minutes (depending on your oven and pan size) or until the bread springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

Remove from oven and let cool before serving. Wrap leftovers in plastic wrap. 

Cook's Note: I used one 12x4x3 inch loaf pan (2 quart) that I purchased from Ikea.
These are my favorite bread pans.

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Loretta Russell said... #

I make chocolate banana pudding & we love it .

Tina Butler said... #

Now that sounds good Loretta.

Colleen said... #

Have never made Chocolate Banana Bread but have added mini chocolate chips to my batter.
Your bread looks wonderful and will be making this for sure.
Oh, I bet cream cheese would taste good on this.
I have 2 bananas in the freezer that should be used so all I need now is the cake mix.
Thank U 4 the recipe

Marsha Baker said... #

I can't wait to make this Tina. YUMM! So glad you shared. Pinning for now.

Cheryl said... #

This looks so interesting, not of thought of chocolate but plan on giving it a try.

April Jackson said... #

This looks really good. I love banana bread and chocolate so putting them together might be really good.

Gayle Shepherd said... #

I am having trouble printing the recipes. I click print friendly but, it won't print. Can anyone help me? Thanks

Tina Butler said... #

I just verified with someone that the printfriendly button is working. Once you click the red button it will generate your page to print.

Anonymous said... #

No made this yesterday, it's really good, but it don't seem like bread more like a cake, do anyone else's turn out like that.....

Tina Butler said... #

It isn't going to have the consistency of a bread like yeast bread. Regular banana bread is a quick break like muffins. So this is what the chocolate banana bread is like.

Anonymous said... #

Ok thanks. I'm not complaining. I really like it. I was just wondering. Thanks again....

Anonymous said... #

How would i use this to make a 2 layer cake? My sons birthday is coming and he loves bananas! I had already planned ro make a chocolate cake with peanut butter feosting, but i think a chocolate banana cake with the frosting would blow his mind! :-)