cocoa banana loaf

for all of you chocolate banana gurus, this is breakfast on sunday morning with a cup of tea and a good book. or indulge in this dessert topped with a banana frozen custard to accompany your post-dinner movie before returning to the office in approximately 9 hours. yes, this is it.

what this is not is the dessert Fido has in mind for sunday morning [or sunday night]. well maybe they think it is, but… warning: it’s not.

baking with cocoa powder takes me right back to the moment i found kona [head fully enclosed between the two zippers of my gym bag] chowing down on a plastic Tupperware full of fresh made double chocolate brownies. the moment that had me running to the computer to find out how many ounces of theobromine a dog can consume before poisoned at fatal levels (which by the way is 0.02 ounces per/pound of body weight, or ½ ounce of bakers chocolate for my little heat slut). 5 minutes later, we were out the door to the only open emergency vet in the city.

of course she was A.O.K. –  after a stomach pump and a hefty unexpected vet bill. let’s be honest, i couldn’t t dare make those double chocolate brownies again… but i will share the recipe at the end of this post.

chocolate banana bread

2 ½ c flour

1tsp baking powder

1 ¼ tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

4 tbsp butter

¼ cup of natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c sugar

¼ c brown sugar

½ sour cream or plain yogurt

3 eggs

1 tbsp of milk

1 cup of chocolate chips

2-3 bananas

preheat oven to 325˚. sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cocoa powder together. in a separate bowl beat butter, eggs, and sugar. add sour cream, yogurt, and milk. using your paddle mixer, combined flour mixture with the egg mixture slowly.

once just blended, add mashed bananas and chocolate chips. transfer to a well greased bread pan. bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick confirms the bread is thoroughly cooked. remove from oven, cool in bread pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. slide a knife down the sides of the bread pan to loosen. gently turn the bread pan over to release the loaf from the pan. Serve slices warm with butter or ice cream.

deadly double chocolate brownies

1 c butter

4 oz bittersweet chocolate

1 3/4 c sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 c flour

1/4 c cocoa powder

2/3 c chopped nuts (optional)

preheat oven at 350˚. prepare a 9×12 pan, greasing thoroughly. in a medium bowl, beat sugar & eggs with an electric mixer for several minutes, until whipped thoroughly (recommend 4mins). while your eggs are beating, melt butter & chocolate over low heat on the stove. remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. returning to your eggs, add vanilla. fold in chocolate once cooled. add flour, cocoa and walnuts until just blended and spread the batter into your prepared pan.

bake for 25 minutes. test with toothpick. allow brownies to cool thoroughly before cutting.

enjoy & keep away from animals!


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