Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Have you ever had a moment where you craved chocolate but weren’t sure what to make? While looking in my cupboard I saw chocolate chips, cocoa powder and flour. I saw two ripe bananas on the counter and immediately knew I wanted delicious banana bread. While looking for recipes most called for three ripe bananas. But I only had two, what in the world was I going to do? I was determined to make chocolate banana bread so, I tried something new!

Below is a recipe that will solve all of your issues when you are short one banana for a delicious banana bread. Yum!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf (for me this is about 8 servings)

Ingredients:
1 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. dutch process cocoa powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 large bananas (1 C. mashed)
1/4 C. oil (canola or vegetable work best)
1/4 C. melted butter
1/2 C. cream cheese
3/4 C. packed light brown sugar + 2 T.
1 large egg
2 t. vanilla extract
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips


Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9X5 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
2. Measure the flour, dutch cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and dump into a medium sized bowl. Mix well with a fork or a whisk. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, mash the two ripe bananas with a fork and set aside.
4. Melt the butter in a small pot/pan over low heat. Turn off the heat and add the cream cheese and mix well. Add this mixture to the mashed bananas and mix well until combined.
(You have two options here, you can wait until the butter has cooled slightly and you can set your cream cheese to warm to room temp and then combine the two, or if you are impatient like me, you can use the cream cheese to cool down the butter while softening the cream cheese. If you use the second method, make sure you break apart the cream cheese into smaller chunks before adding to the butter. The trick is to keep stirring and mashing the cream cheese with a spatula to combine it with the butter. You do not want the cream cheese to melt, you want it to soften. Once its soft and the butter is cooled slightly, you can add it to the next step).
5. Add in the oil and mix well. Now add in the brown sugar, egg and the vanilla extract. Stir until you have a smooth consistancy.
6. Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture and stir with a spatula scraping the sides of the bowl until combined (don’t overmix). Stir in 3/4 C. of the chocolate chips.
7. Pour the batter into the pan sprayed with nonstick oil. Top the batter with the remaining 1/4 C. chocolate chips. Put the pan into the oven and bake for about 50 – 60 minutes. It really depends on your oven and elevation here. To test if the bread is done, stick a toothpick in to the middle of the bread, it should come out mostly clean. If there is a little chocolate from a melted chocolate chip that is ok, but there shouldnt be sticky bread batter on the toothpick. If there is, keep the bread in for an additional 5 minutes and keep repeating until the toothpick comes out clean.
8. Remove the pan from the oven using oven mits and set on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool for about 10-15 minutes before taking it out of the loaf pan. Run a knife around the edges of the pan before taking out the bread, and slowly turn the pan over to get the bread out of the pan. Set bread on the wire cooling rack to cool. Let the bread cool completely before slicing (or dont, again I am very impatient and always take a slice after about 30-45 minutes, but if you wait until the bread is completely cooled its also very delicious). It is a preference and a patience thing.
9. The bread will keep on the counter for about 4 days (in my household it doesnt last that long because we eat it way faster). You can also wrap in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil and then put into the freezer. It will probably be good up to a month in the freezer. I havent tested this bread specifically but other breads last about that long that I have made in the past.

Tips:
1. I use trader joes semi-sweet chocolate chips. They are a bit larger than other brands and work wonderfully in this bread.
2. If you have three bananas, you can use three bananas and take out the cream cheese and the extra 2 T. of brown sugar.

We hope you enjoy this double chocolate banana bread! Its absolutely delicious and makes for a great snack morning and night. From our kitchen to yours!
Enjoy! 🙂

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