Chocolate Banana Bread for National Banana Bread Day!

February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day, but you don’t need a special holiday or excuse to make this delicious and healthy recipe! Here is my favorite banana bread recipe which is sweetened with dried prunes, some chocolate chips, and banana chips, too, if you choose. There are some over ripe bananas on the counter…off to make a loaf of this now!

chocolate banana bread

Chocolate Banana Bread  (courtesy of recipegirl.com )

  • 10 oz. pitted dried prunes
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 and ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup banana chips, chopped coarsely (optional)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a small saucepan, bring prunes and 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until prunes are very soft, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly butter a 5×9 loaf pan and line bottom with a piece of parchment paper, cut to fit.
  3. In a food processor, whirl prunes and bananas until very smooth. Add eggs and whirl to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in banana mixture until evenly moistened. Stir in banana chips and chocolate chips. Scrape the thick batter into pan and spread level.
  5. Bake bread until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a little chocolately but not gooey, 40 to 50 minutes. Loosen bread from pan with a knife and invert onto a rack. Remove parchment. Turn bread right-side up and let cool at least 1 hour before slicing.

Servings: 16    Yeild: 16 slices    Each serving is 162 calories, 5.5 grams of fat

Shortcut: Sub 10 oz. (1 ¼ cups) unsweetened prune baby food for the pitted prunes, and omit water and cooking in step 1.

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