Chocolate is delicious with just about everything, and whoever first thought of matching it with bananas is a genius! Combine them in this delicious chocolate banana bread and you can have a sweet treat that also has some good health benefits!
I am Joan and Gail’s Aunt Kit. I have two daughters who were very picky eaters when they were young. One wouldn’t eat anything green and the other wouldn’t touch anything red. This proved challenging when trying to put together meals for everyone. To this day my youngest (who is in her 40’s) does not like bananas. She says it has something to do with the texture. However, she does like chocolate banana bread as does the rest of my family.
My husband likes bananas on his cereal in the morning but is always buying more than he needs at one time so we watch the extra one or two sit there and get riper and riper until they are almost black. While they don’t look all that appetizing when they get that ripe, this is the perfect time to use them for my chocolate banana bread. Because you don’t usually have a full batch of over-ripe bananas all at once, I’ll save them until I have enough to make this recipe. I smush them into a 2 cup freezer container, making sure to get the air bubbles out, and place it in the freezer. As I get more over-ripe bananas, I add them to the container and place it back in the freezer. When the container is full, I know that I have just the right amount for the recipe. I then thaw them out in the refrigerator for a day
and, voila! I haven’t wasted those extra bananas and I’m ready to cook.
This chocolate banana bread is really popular with my husband. He likes it fresh out of the oven, but if there is any left on the second and third day, he will pop a slice or two in the toaster. The sugar content in the banana bread makes for a nice crispy outer layer, and makes the house smell wonderfully sweet. (Just make sure you don’t overcook as it will then make everything smell like burnt sugar!) And if you want an easy to grab and go option, you can make muffins instead of a loaf.