This is my Cinco de Mayo Banana Bread! It’s only Cinco de Mayo in that I sprinkled the top with cinnamon sugar, so after May 5 you might call it Chocolate Banana Bread. Or better yet, Dark Chocolate Banana Bread because it is very dark.
It’s made with Dutch Processed Hershey’s Dark Cocoa and dark chocolate chips. The flavor is better than I expected, and there’s a good balance of banana and chocolate so neither gets in the way of the other.
As for when to eat this, unlike the Silver Palate Banana Bread which is perfect for breakfast, Dark Chocolate Banana Bread would make a great breakfast OR dessert.
- 1 cup sifted flour, measured after sifting (or just weigh out 125 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons (50 grams) Hershey’s Dark cocoa powder (or Dutch)
- 3 very ripe bananas, large (12 oz/340 grams weight after peeling)
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (114 grams), melted
- 1/2 scant teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, use more if desired
- 2/3 cup roasted and chopped pecans (I use Trader Joe’s pre-roasted)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar (or mix ¼ teaspoon cinnamon with about 1 teaspoon sugar)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. I like using a Pyrex loaf pan that I’ve greased and lined lengthwise with a sling of parchment or foil. The parchment/foil is optional, but good insurance.
- If you do not weigh your flour, sift it and then measure one cup. Mix the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together very well and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the egg until well mixed, then stir in the butter and salt (if using unsalted butter). Stir in the vanilla and brown sugar. With a heavy duty scraper or mixing spoon, gradually stir in the flour mixture. When well blended, stir in the chocolate chips and half of the pecans.
- Spread mixture in the loaf pan, then sprinkle top with pecans and cinnamon sugar
- Bake the bread at 350 for about 1 hour (check it after about 45 minutes) or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let the bread cool for about 20 minutes, then gently run a knife between bread and sides of pan to loosen. Do not remove bread from pan quite yet. Allow it to cool completely, then turn from pan or lift.