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Double Chocolate (Whole-Wheat) Banana Bread

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Double chocolate whole-wheat banana bread.

It’s good for you, but it’s not.

There’s the banana and whole-wheat flour, but there’s also the chocolate and the oil and the sugar.

It’s called bread, but it tastes like cake.

You can eat it after dinner for dessert, or waaaaay after dinner for breakfast. 

It’s double chocolate whole-wheat banana bread!

Double Chocolate (Whole-Wheat) Banana Bread (adapted from this recipe at Former Chef)

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 3/4 C skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C whole-wheat flour
  • 2/3 C sugar
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t instant mocha (optional)
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • heaping 1/2 C dark chocolate chips/morsels

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the wet ingredients in your mixer bowl and mix on medium until bananas are mashed (alternatively, mash them first.  You don’t have to be lazy like me). 

Here’s where the important guys come into play:

Add the dry ingredients (salt, baking powder, sugar, flour, cocoa powder, mocha powder, chocolate chips) and combine until just mixed.  This should be more like brownie batter than bread dough.

Lick the spoon, and pour the batter into a sprayed bread pan.  Lick the spoon again.  Now the bowl.  Now steal another spoonful of batter from the pan.

Do this at your own risk.  There are eggs in there.  Raw ones. 

I’m willing to risk it.  I’m also willing to forgo lunch, because at this point I am full of banana bread batter.  Totally worth it.

Bake on the middle rack for about an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Don’t over bake it, ’cause no one likes dry banana bread, especially when it’s already dark brown.  Also, don’t mistake melted chocolate chips for wet dough on the toothpick.  Allow to cool, and run a knife along the edges and flip out of the pan. 

Technically, you should allow it to cool completely before slicing, but who am I kidding?  Your husband has probably been finding excuses to linger in the kitchen for the last 30 minutes (“oh, I’m just grabbing a, uh, towel to wipe down this here, um, counter”).  As if he’s ever wiped down a counter in his entire life.

So, cut him a slice.  Let him eat it warm.  He’ll pledge his undying, eternal, unconditional love to you. 

Allow him to eat another slice.  He may even wipe the counters down for you.

Yeah.  It’s really good.  Very moist and unexpectedly rich.  At first taste I thought it was a bit bland, but I think it’s because I tried it right out of the oven.  When I went for the second taste about an hour later…BAM!  Full flavor.  First intense chocolate, then a tiny bit of coffee, and finally the sweet, sweet banana carrying it all.

Definitely going in the top list of breakfast breads to make next time I’m invited to a brunch (hear that? Invite me!) .  And yes, there’s already a list for that.

As an aside, I am just getting over being sore from the gym class I went to on Friday.  Same class I go to every Friday, and usually don’t get sore from.  Must have thrown myself hardcore into that workout–my pecs, quads, adductors and hamstrings were on fire yesterday!  So weird.  I’m also planning on starting up yoga again now that my nerve problem seems to have settled down–I just have to remind myself that it’s not a competition and I don’t need to overstretch just to be the best in the room.

It’s all about what’s good for your body.  As far as reaching my happy weight–getting even closer to my goal (just goes to show–you can eat double chocolate banana bread, sweet potato cinnamon rolls, and have your chocolate chip cookies, too, as long as you balance, balance, balance!).

Wish me luck on my finals tomorrow!

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PB&B(anana) Chocolate Chip Cookies

We brought our rapidly browning bananas home with us, only to find that M&D also had a stash of hastily ripening bananas of their own.  Some might call that a baking crisis; others–a baking heaven.

Plus, one of the many things that I love about being home is that the cabinets are stocked with three times as many ingredients as mine is (“Mom! Do you have chocolate chips?  Coconut?  Peanut butter? Old-fashioned oats? Madagascar bourbon vanilla?  A one-person soup crock that I can take pictures with and then eventually sneak into my laundry to take home without your knowledge?  Yes!!?!”)

So yes.  I love baking at home.

Also, I’ve been taking pictures with Mom’s Canon–you’ll probably be able to tell, because even though I’m only using the most basic auto setting, the pictures still look a million times better.  We might be buying our camera really soon!

PB&B(anana) Chocolate Chip Cookies (original recipe here)

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C peanut butter
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/3 C shredded coconut
  • 3/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mom kept sneaking small objects into my ingredients picture until it looked like an I Spy book.  What can you find?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl, mash the banana with the canola oil and peanut butter.  Add the baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix.

Add the remaining ingredients (oats, chocolate chips, coconut, and vanilla) and combine thoroughly.  Lick the spoon/beaters/rubber spatula.

Peanut butter, banana, coconut, and chocolate?  Yes, please.

Lay a piece of parchment paper over the baking sheet and drop spoonfuls of batter closely together.  The cookies don’t rise or spread much during baking, so press them into the shape you want (and don’t worry about them running into each other).

Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 15 minutes or until browned.  I underbaked them because I wanted them to be ooey-gooey banana-y bites (and since there’s no egg in these, you can do that).  They are warm, cosy, oozy perfect cookie bites.

So comforting.

Get your milk ready, because between the peanut butter and the chocolate chips, you’re gonna need it.

That’s the soup crock I’m stealing (look away, Mom).

These are also just the thing to recover from a cold workday outside:

Even Henry was found peeking around corners looking for a cookie.

And avoiding the wolfhound.

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