Dark Chocolate Banana Bread Loaf

I really enjoyed my banana bread muffins but I had to take this recipe one step further! I modified the recipe to fit to my liking by adding in some dark chocolate cocoa powder and chunks because who doesn’t like chocolate?! Well I’m obsessed!

Ingredients:

FOR THE WET MIX:

  • 3 ripe/very rip bananas, peeled
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, unsalted or salted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (3/4 cup if you want more sweet)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE FLOUR AND CHOCOLATE PORTION:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (or milk) 
  • dark chocolate chunks chopped up or mini chocolate chips on top if you desired

Instructions:

FOR THE MUFFINS:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Coat loaf pan with non-stick spray or paper liners
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork until as smooth as you can get it and almost no lumps
  4. In another bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt
  5. In the bowl of mashed bananas, mix in the sugar, extract, egg and melted butter with a spatula
  6. Fold in the flour mixture to the banana mixture until it is all smooth and combined well
  7. Pour final mixture into loaf pan and spread evenly with spatula
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chunks or chips over the top – make sure the chunks are small enough or they may not melt all the way!
  9. Bake loaf for 40 – 50 minutes (this depends on the strength of your over)
  10. With a toothpick, check to see if it comes out clean from the center — then it’s ready
  11. Let it rest for 5 minutes then enjoy!

Tips/Notes:

  • If you don’t intend to eat the banana bread right away, then after it cools for five minutes, wrap it in saran-wrap (clear plastic wrap) or an air-tight container and store for a week.
  • Place in the fridge if you wish to keep it for more than a week (lasts possibly another few days)
  • The last photo shows the chocolate chunks on top instead of like the other photos where they melted – flavor was still just as tasty – whatever you prefer!
  • Slice with bread knife recommended

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