I got the idea for Mexican Chocolate Banana Bread on Twitter. However, the version someone tweeted called for actual Mexican chocolate, and I didn’t have that. What I did have were 3 very ripe bananas, some good quality cocoa powder and cinnamon. Here’s the result!
Coming up with this recipe was pretty easy because there are already a lot of chocolate banana bread variations. In fact, I even have one I haven’t made in a while that is in muffin form. But this time I wanted something different and since I’ve been on a Smitten Kitchen kick, I tried hers. Or started with hers.
To make it my own, I used oil in place of some of the butter and modified the mixing technique so I could skip sifting and use just one bowl. The loaf was excellent! The banana flavor is pretty robust, but so is the chocolate so it works out well. I would definitely put this in the cake category rather than bread, but since it’s baked in a loaf pan we’ll just go ahead and call it bread.
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, dark
- 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (reduce to 1/4 if using salted butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (4 1/2 oz) all-purpose flour
- 1 generous cup of mashed bananas (about 3)
- 3/4 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips.
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan or line the inside with nonstick foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, oil, brown sugar and cocoa powder until smooth. Whisk in the egg, and vanilla.
- Whisk in baking soda, salt and cinnamon until fully blended.
- Add flour and stir until it is absorbed, then stir in mashed bananas and chocolate chips.
- Transfer to the loaf pan and sprinkle more chocolate chips on top if desired.
- Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for 10 to 15 minutes, then loosen with a knife and let cool completely before removing from the pan. If you used a foil lined pan, just let it cool in the pan and then lift it out.