Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Whole Grain Chocolate Banana Bread

from Whole Grain Gourmet

This bread was great, 100% whole grain and studded with sweet, chocolaty goodness. Mine came out a bit crumbly, and next time I may add a tablespoon of lemon juice or oil to help it hold together better. Still, the taste was great and I will definitely be making this again.

1/3 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (about 3-4)
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (King Arthurs has extra gluten to help hold it together!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips (dark is best!)

Preheat the oven to 325, and lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Combine flour, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk and set aside.
In a larger bowl, combine butter, honey and sugar and beat for two minutes. Add the eggs and lightly beat until just combined. Mix in the bananas and vanilla, being careful not to overmix. Slowly add the flour mixture.
Put the hot water in a separate bowl, and add the baking soda. Then beat it into the batter. Gently fold in the nuts and chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the pan and bake at 325 for 52 minutes. A knife should come out clean when stabbed through the bread, if it is not, put it in for another couple of minutes.

Allow to cool for 30 minutes and enjoy!

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