If you’re like me at all, you have a collection of overripe bananas in your freezer, destined for bread. I have a pretty fool-proof (and delicious) recipe for banana bread given to me by my mother, but I wanted to change things up this time around. And what better way to do that than with chocolate?
I was reminded of a batch of chocolate-banana ice cream I made for my friend Matthew as a Christmas gift. I asked he and his wife, Sarah, what their favorite flavors of ice cream were, and that is what I gave to them as gifts. I much prefer giving edible gifts over anything else for holidays and birthdays. Matthew said he loved the combination of chocolate and banana, and I totally agree. Why not turn that into a bread?
The bananas (minus one) are still a little frozen in this photo, my apologies.
I was hoping for a bread that was more dessert-like in texture, and I think this was a success. It had the dense consistency of pound cake, and the banana flavor was just subtle enough not to be overpowering. However, I would probably omit the chocolate chips in my next batch of this bread. I say this only because (as you might know if you read this blog) I don’t prefer overly-sweet dishes. The chocolate powder was perfect on its own and needed no extra help from the chips.
All-purpose flour sifted with cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.