Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Chocolate Banana Bread

This is one of my 'go-to' recipes that I know my kids will love. "Cub's" best friend actually asked for this recipe when I gave it to them as a snack during a playdate so that his mom could make it for him at home (needless to say I gave him the recipe and an extra slice for such a sweet compliment!).

This bread makes 2 loaves and is awesome for freezing so you can eat one and save one for later.
1 cup butter or margarine, softened (see Tip)
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
6 bananas, ripe and mashed
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup sour cream
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease TWO 9"x5" loaf pans.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and eggs. Stir in bananas and vanilla.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cocoa; mix well. Add banana mixture to flour mixture and mix until just blended. Stir in sour cream and chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of each loaf comes out clean.

Tip: You can cut the amount of margarine/butter in half. Use 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce as well as 1/2 cup of butter/margarine. You still need the fat in baked goods but you can usually cut the fat in half by using applesauce while still maintaining moistness.


Anonymous said...

It's in the oven as we speak. Batter tasted good! I had to make amendments 'cause I only had 3 bananas but I think it worked!

Laurie said...

In my kitchen, once bananas start getting too dark/old I pop them in the freezer. If I had the time I'd mash them up beforehand and put 3 banana servins in a freezer bag ... but I never seem to have the patience to do this. :) Before we moved last year I literally had over 30 bananas in my fridge freezer (eeks!) ... I have seens down scaled my banana freezing lol.

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