Monday, December 28, 2009

Chocolate banana bread

These are my favorite! I like to make them into muffins and freeze them for quick breakfasts. Sadly, they don't usually last that long.
4 very ripe bananas(about 2 cups mashed)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Lightly coat four mini-loaf (2-cup) pans with cooking spray. Place bananas and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 2–3 minutes. Add butter, egg, and vanilla extract, mixing well. Scrape down bowl sides and add flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nuts, if using. Mix to combine.
Fill pans about half full with batter. Bake until firm in the center and a toothpick inserted comes out with a bit of crumb on it, 35–40 minutes. (Or use 16 muffin tins and bake 15–18 minutes, or a full-size loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.) Cool completely. To freeze, wrap in plastic and then in foil; freeze up to one month.

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