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Saturday, February 21, 2009

chocolate banana bread

I made some chocolate banana bread from a recent issue of Sunset that caught my eye. It was realrealgood, even if it does look like blood pudding. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Even The Hulk, in all his idiosyncracies, liked it. This is the child who won't eat pie, but will-and does-eat cat food. Maintenance Cat from Costco, if you're curious.
Here is the recipe for those of you who are not able/willing to click on the link (I used plain whole wheat flour, Dutch cocoa, and left out the walnuts, because of my aversion to nutty inclusions):

Chocolate Banana Bread

Yield

Makes 1 loaf (20 slices)

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pitted prunes
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or whole-wheat pastry flour (or 1/2 cup of each)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup banana chips, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

1. In a small saucepan, bring prunes and 2 cups water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until prunes are very soft, about 20 minutes. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter a 5- by 9-in. loaf pan and line bottom with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit.

3. In a food processor, whirl prunes and bananas until very smooth. Add eggs and whirl to combine.

4. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in banana mixture until evenly moistened. Stir in nuts, banana chips, and chocolate chips. Scrape the thick batter into pan and spread level.

5. Bake bread until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a little chocolaty but not gooey, 45 to 50 minutes. Loosen bread from pan with a knife and invert onto a rack. Remove parchment. Turn bread right side up and let cool at least 1 hour before slicing.

Shortcut: Substitute 12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) unsweetened prune baby food for the pitted prunes, and omit water and cooking in step 1.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per slice.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
174 (41% from fat)
Protein:
3.5g
Fat:
7.9g (sat 2.7)
Carbohydrate:
27g
Fiber:
3.2g
Sodium:
153mg
Cholesterol:
21mg

5 comments:

tipsybaker said...

That is a very strange recipe -- which makes me want to try it, despite my misgivings about chocolate. Banana chips and prunes?

Layne said...

I know! But the prunes are totally inoffensive and undetectable. It's really moist.

tipsybaker said...

Ok, I'm going to make this. I will not mention the prunes to my guinea pigs.

mmm.chocolate said...

Not a big fan of regular banana bread, but this I must try!

All8 said...

That looks incredibly moist and delicious. It's chocolate and our little Dutch babies would scarf it up. (No need to mention the prunes and such.)