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Monday, November 17, 2008

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

When bananas pass their prime, sugars caramelize into a sweet symphony. Not to be eaten on their own, but rather materialized into something better. Sweet and creamy bananas swirl with light hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and molten chocolate. This banana bread bares the sinfulness of chocolate and yields a few healthy ingredients as well. Enjoy this light and hearty fair with your afternoon coffee and a few of your closest friends. But don't expect much chatter, this tasty treat will be sure to keep their mouths full of surprises!

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

Juice of 1 small lemon
3 very ripe organic bananas
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 canola oil or unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour
3/4 cup organic stone ground whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Hodgson Mill wheat germ with cinnamon & milled flax seed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2-1 cup Starbucks 'Double Delish' Drinking chocolate chunks
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1-2 tablespoons organic raw sugar

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a loaf pan. In medium sized mixing bowl, mash bananas, brown sugar, and lemon juice together. Add oil and stir until well combined. In a small bowl combine flour, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Sift flour mixture together with a fork and add to bananas, stir well. Fold in Chocolate chunks and walnuts reserving some for topping. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Top with reserved chocolate, walnuts. Finish with a sprinkle of raw sugar. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes. Let cool and serve warm with a dab of butter. Enjoy!

yields: 1 loaf

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