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Chocolate Banana Bread

17 Apr

INGREDIENTS
3 large ripe bananas (easily mashable)
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed, light or dark)
1 teaspoon salt (1/2 a teaspoon if using salted butter)
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) with a rack in the middle. Butter or spray with cooking spray the inside of a 5×9-inch loaf pan.
  2. With a fork, mash the bananas until smooth (you can also use a blender or food processor to purée bananas). You should have 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups of banana purée. Whisk to break up any clumps of brown sugar. Stir in the beaten egg and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and allspice.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Place in a 350°F (175°C) oven and bake for 1 hour. (Note that because of the chocolate chips that melt in the bread as it cooks, it’s hard to check for doneness using a tester that you insert. One way to test is to gently push the center top of the chocolate banana bread down with your finger. If it feels relatively firm and bounces back when you release your finger, that’s a good sign that it’s done.)

Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

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Banana Crumb Muffins

7 Jul

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These didn’t taste a whole lot like bananas (I only had two bananas on hand when I made these, so that might be why), but they’re still pretty good. The crumb topping is what makes it. Next time, I’ll try it with two or more bananas and see if they’re even better. I also want to try using melted butter instead of vegetable oil to see if that makes the muffin more moist.

INGREDIENTS

Muffin
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or fill cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients for muffins — flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugars, egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes