Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Triple Chocolate Banana Bread from Five Heart Home

If you read the blog on Friday, you will know that we have a new blog partner (we call them Advertising Affiliates) named Samantha and that she is a wonderful, witty, type-A, perfectionist who created a fabulous food blog called Five Heart Home. We are thrilled to share one of her tantalizing recipes, complete with gorgeous (read: way-better-than-you-get-from-me-because-I'm-just-learning) photos.


You'll probably see more from Samantha and Five Heart Home here on the blog as our partner-friend-ship grows, but you should definitely show some love and like her on Facebook and follow on Pinterest and, I suppose I should say it but you should have already done it, visit/follow her blog.


We will be sharing more about the affiliate program soon. Right now we are in beta test mode and all signs are showing us that this could be a great way to build the ST Community and grow our fair trade mission (let's be frank, growing sales is really the only way to work with more artisans and work more with our current partner-artisans). My favorite part of Scarlet Threads has been working with new people and watching them fall in love with the work we do, the people we work with, and the products that we create - and then watching them become our cheer leaders and prayerful supporters.

-- Thank you to one and all! Here's more from Samantha! --


Hi, everyone! It's Samantha from Five Heart Home and I'm so excited to be visiting Scarlet Threads today to share one of my family's favorite quick bread recipes!
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | FiveHeartHome.com
 
So who else buys way more bananas than you can possibly eat before they start to turn brown? I'm guilty of that almost every time I go to the grocery store. You'd think I would have learned my lesson by now, but the truth is, I somewhat do it on purpose because I love baking with bananas! I have lots of banana-loaded goodies in my recipe file, some of which I've made just a few times and others that my family requests again and again. And this Triple Chocolate Banana Bread is definitely on the frequent flier list!
 
After all, who doesn't love banana bread? And this is banana bread with chocolate. Three kinds of it, to be exact. Not only do you sift a bit of cocoa powder into your dry ingredients, but you also stir some melted baking chocolate into your batter and then add plenty of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips to take it completely over the top!

  Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | FiveHeartHome.com

The resulting banana bread is soft and moist and oh-so-chocolatey, delicious for breakfast or a snack. It's perfectly tasty at room temperature, but it is amazing still-warm out of the oven with a pat of butter slathered on top. You can definitely make this recipe with regular all-purpose flour, but I typically make it with whole wheat pastry flour to make me feel better about eating it for breakfast. ;) I love baking quick breads, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and such with whole wheat pastry flour because it is 100% whole wheat flour but has a lighter taste and texture than regular whole wheat flour. By using whole wheat pastry flour in a chocolate-infused recipe like this, I don't think anyone would ever guess that it wasn't made with regular white flour.

Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | FiveHeartHome.com

One of the things I've learned about baking quick breads is that I almost always prefer the outcome when I divide my batter between mini loaf pans instead of baking a full-sized loaf. Full-sized loaves are great but, at least in my experience, it's sometimes difficult to get the center to the desired level of doneness without overcooking the edges. The other bonus of baking smaller loaves? They're done -- and ready to slice into! -- that much quicker. Multiple loaves also make sharing and gift-giving possible...if you can restrain yourself from eating them all first. ;)

So the next time you have a couple of overripe bananas longing to be put to use, I hope you'll try this Triple Chocolate Banana Bread! And in the meantime, I'd be honored to have you stop by for more quick and easy, family-friendly, kid-approved recipes!

  Triple Chocolate Banana Bread | FiveHeartHome.com

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour OR whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 medium bananas, mashed (equaling approximately 1 cup)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or spray with cooking spray) three 5 3/4" x 3 1/4" x 2" mini loaf pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter until smooth, and then beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in egg, vanilla, melted chocolate, banana, and sour cream until fully incorporated (batter may look curdled at this point...it will smooth out with addition of flour). Gently mix in dry ingredients and chocolate chips until just blended.

Evenly divide batter between prepared pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

NOTE: Instead of mini loaves, you may also bake bread in a full-sized loaf pan for 60 minutes or until bread tests done.

I'd love to have you visit Five Heart Home sometime or join me via social media! Here are some of my latest goodies...

Recipes by FiveHeartHome.com
 
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

15 comments:

  1. Saw you over on the Kitchen Fun link up. This bread looks and sounds so good! Of all the banana breads I've ever made, I have yet to make one with chocolate. Will have to try!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love trying different variations of banana bread, but I have to admit, this is one of my favorites! Hope you enjoy it if you have a chance to try it. :)

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    1. Thank you! It disappears pretty quickly every time I make it... ;)

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! I made a few changes to amazing results! Instead of melting chocolate I used the new Hershey's chocolate in a jar (like Nutella), unsweetened dark chocolate chips, brown sugar instead of white and added caramelized walnuts! Again, thank you for inspiring us! Have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Your version of this bread sounds wonderful, Julie! I'm so glad you were able to adapt it to your preferences and the ingredients you had on hand. I haven't tried the Hershey's spread yet but it definitely looks like it has potential...glad to hear it worked in this recipe! :)

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  4. What can I use other than sour cream....can I use mayo?

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    1. Hi Amy! I apologize for my delayed response...I just saw your comment. I'm not sure how mayonnaise would end up tasting in this recipe in lieu of the sour cream, but I think you could use plain yogurt (regular or Greek) with good results. I hope it works out for you if you try it! :)

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  5. I see the melted unsweetened chocolate in the ingredients, but nothing in the directions. Where do you add it? I just added it before the chocolate chips! Hope it works It's in the oven right now! ☺

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    1. Hi Dorie! I am SO sorry about that! The ingredients are listed in the order in which the recipe mentions them, so I inadvertently left out 'melted chocolate' in between adding the vanilla and bananas. But I bet (and hope!) it worked when you added it before the chocolate chips. :) I think you could probably add the melted chocolate at just about any point after whipping the butter and sugar with good results. I apologize again for my mistake...thanks so much for making me aware of it!

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  6. I used Nutella instead of melted chocolate, I added it right after I added the banana. I also added an extra tbl spoon of cocoa powder. It was excellent.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this bread, Liz! I apologize for leaving an ingredient out of the directions...it sounds like you figured out exactly when to add it. :) I'll have to try this with Nutella sometime...what a great idea!

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  7. Oh. My. Gosh. This looks great! Thanks a LOT, from, Julia's hips

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  8. Has anyone tried this as muffins? I like them better for regular banana bread as they are more single serving ready for hurried breakfasts.

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  9. Hi I was thinking of making this tomorrow for my sister's birthday! I was wondering what sort of flavor to expect? Will the chocolate over power the banana flavor?

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