Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
Happy Belated Victoria Day to all you Canadians out there 🙂
One of the hardest parts about working all day is not being able to whip up some baked goods whenever the mood strikes.. Weekdays are out and weekends are usually filled with chores (read: sleeping) so I haven’t had time to get creative in the kitchen since I made these double chocolate chip cookies.
So, with Monday off I decided to spend some quality time with my new oven.
Last weekend, Sobeys had a sale on their aging bananas and of course I had to pick up a bag. I can honestly say that I’ve never turned down half priced bananas 😉
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, those bananas remained untouched for more than a week. So, when I was trying to think of what to bake I knew I had to incorporate bananas somehow and put mine out of their misery.
Chocolate Banana-Nut Bread
I decided on banana bread and started by trying to clean up this banana bread recipe. But when I substituted whole wheat flour for white flour and maple syrup for sugar I ended but with an uneven dry/liquid ratio.
I could have added more flour or even oats, but I went with cocoa powder instead. Because really, chocolate makes everything better 😉
And so the Chocolate Banana-Nut Bread was born.
This loaf was super easy to make with only about 15 minutes active prep time. But the hard part was waiting an hour for it to bake with that mouthwatering banana bread scent everywhere.
And then I had to wait for it to cool completely before I could cut it and take pictures. I swear, I waited more than 2 hours to sample this chocolate banana-nut bread.
The things I do for y’all 😉
- 1 cup ww flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 medium bananas
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup nuts
- Preheat oven to 350C
- Grease an 8½" x 4½" x 2½" loaf pan and set aside
- In a medium bowl. whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
- Mash the bananas in the bottom of another bowl and whisk in the coconut oil, maple syrup and eggs until well blended
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently until the batter is smooth
- Fold in the nuts
- Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean
- Allow the loaf to cool for 5 minutes then remove from the pan and place on a wire rack
- Cool completely before slicing
What about you?
What do you do with extra-aged bananas?
What other ways to you spice up banana-nut bread?
Share in the comments below!