Sunday, January 31, 2016

Simple Sunday: Chocolate Banana Bread

Easy as a Sunday morning is my constant life goal. Not that I'm avoiding hard work or complex life situations- bring it on! But sometimes you just need simplicity. Like right now I want to be in bed, drinking a chai latte and doing the Sunday crossword with my boyfriend with our dog at our feet. The simple life.

This Sunday series will be filled with delicious, easy, go-to recipes that won't aggravate you on a Sunday. They will fit right in with Sunday living. And we are kicking it off with Chocolate Banana Bread. It takes regular banana bread just a simple step forward and you can use this bread as a brunch side, a dessert with vanilla bean ice cream or even make it into french toast!

Chocolate Banana Bread

1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg

3 overripe bananas

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (or banana extract if you have it on hand)
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid form (you can microwave for 15 seconds if solidified)
1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, mini or regular
canola oil spray or butter for pans

2 large mixing bowls
1 whisk
1 spatula
1 9x5 inch bread pan
Electric hand mixer

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In one bowl add the bananas, cooled melted butter, both sugars, egg, sour cream, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Using electric mixer- mix together well.

In the other bowl add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Mix together well.

Using your spatula, slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowl. Add the chocolate chips and mix until just incorporated.

Spray your bread pan with canola oil spray and pour the batter into it. Place into the oven and bake for 50 minutes to an hour- checking after 40 minutes. I like to turn my bread around half way to ensure even baking.

Remove from oven when top feels spongy and light to the touch. Allow to cool (if you can!) for 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy! xo

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