Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium-to-large very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (145 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (about 6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chunks

Heat your oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a nonstick baking spray.

Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. (You’ll have a little over 1 cup mashed banana total.) Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together baking soda, salt, spices (if using), flour and cocoa powder. Stir dry and wet ingredients with a spoon until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips.

Pour into prepared pan and bake 55 to 65 minutes, until a tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out batter-free. Cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert it out onto a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

From Smitten Kitchen

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