Wow, it's been forever since I posted something chocolate-y on here!! Looking through the archives... Back in March? Jeepers! It's about time I share this one then! This is the second attempt to post this recipe, the pictures from the first attempt I just... couldn't. Nope. I'm off to run errands and finish re-painting the basement, so until tomorrow, friends!!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled a bit
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used half regular cocoa powder and half Hershey's Special Dark)
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease/line a loaf pan. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas and stir in the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Add to the banana mixture and stir until just combined, with no more dry floury bits. Gently stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.
Pour batter in your prepared pan and generously sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips, and bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick/cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
I'm not going to try and convince you that this is healthy in any way. It's basically chocolate cake, let's be honest. But hey! There are bananas in it! Surely that counts for something, right? I like to warm my slices up in the microwave so those chocolate chips get all warm and melty again. Mmmm...
If you're craving some rich, moist, chocolate cake, but don't want to bother with layers or having a huge cake to yourself, grab some chocolate chips and bananas and whip up a loaf of this gorgeously scrumptious chocolate banana bread. I am learning that chocolate and bananas are very good friends when baking!!