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Chocolate Banana Bread

I don’t know about you, but there are two wonderful things in this world: Chocolate and homemade banana bread, so why not have both? Here is a recipe by Rancho La Puerta.

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This bread is chocolate heaven, really—a rich, dark, dense loaf, made with ripe bananas and pureed prunes, that tastes far more sinful than it really is. Serve warm, sliced thin, with fresh fruit, or freeze for up to one month. 

Makes 1 loaf.

Ingredients

2 cups water

12 ounces pitted prunes

2 medium ripe bananas

2 large eggs

1 cup unbleached all-purpose or whole-wheat flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chopped walnuts

½ cup banana chips, broken into small pieces

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350° degrees F. Lightly butter an 8-cup loaf pan, and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, combine the water and prunes and bring to a simmer. Simmer slowly until the prunes are very soft, about 30 minutes. Drain any excess liquid.

Puree the prunes, bananas, and eggs in a blender until smooth.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in the banana mixture and combine thoroughly. Gently stir in the walnuts, banana chips, and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean (or with only a bit of melted chocolate chip on it). Turn the loaf out onto a rack to cool, and remove the parchment from the bottom. Cut into thin slices to serve.


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Healthier Banana Banana Bread

I love banana bread! Warm from the oven with just a dab of soft butter…delicious! However, eating this daily (and I could eat it everyday I love it so much) would not be the best for maintaining a healthy diet. I was beyond excited when I came across this recipe for a healthier version of Banana Bread on allrecipes.com. This recipe uses non-fat yogurt and eliminates the salt to create a very moist and great tasting banana bread.

INGREDIENTS:AppleMark

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter, yogurt, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into butter mixture before adding the next. Stir in mashed bananas until well blended. Pour banana mixture to flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Transfer batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean, 60 to 65 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely.


Recipe by MakeItHealthy as printed on Allrecipes.com