Kids’ Play: Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread from bibberche.com   My children do not like banana bread. Here, I admitted it with a heavy heart. As it is not possible to bake a single piece, I have to go without and hope that one day soon they will realize how wrong they are. They like bananas, but only before they start showing brown spots, which, as far as I am concerned, marks the nadir of their ripeness. Inevitably we end up with at least a couple of pieces of fruit that no one wants to eat and these specimens end up in the freezer, safely tucked in a Ziploc bag, awaiting their uncertain future. Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread from bibberche.com After a few days in the sub-zero temperatures, bananas turn very dark brown, almost black. When I drag them out to defrost, my children scream in fright, as if I presented them with decomposing alien fingers. This simply does not deter me, as I concluded that if I mix some cocoa in the banana bread and add ground walnuts instead of chopped, they will devour the whole pan within an hour or two, even if I remind them of their squeamishness. In their heads it stops being banana bread and becomes a chocolate cake. I am not complaining, nor arguing, as long as I get to liberate some precious space in the freezer by pulling the blackened bananas out and using them. Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread from bibberche.com This time I decided to utilize my brand new WonderMill and substitute a portion of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. The kids could not detect any changes in appearance, as the chocolate banana bread is already pretty dark (using Dutch-processed cocoa ensures that), and espresso, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and bananas add so many different nuances to the flavor, that it would take a super-taster to pick up on the subtle earthier taste of whole wheat. Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread from bibberche.comI love to use my imagination, to mix and match, to substitute, and satisfy all my what ifs. Thanks to my grain mill, my horizons are much broader and the possibilities for experimenting seem endless. Next time there might be some rice flour in the batter. Who knows? Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread From bibberche.com

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: International
Serves: 4-6
 
Quick and easy banana bread transforms into a rich, chocolate cake with the addition of cocoa, coffee, and cinnamon.
Ingredients
  • 1½ whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cups cocoa powder (I prefer Dutch processed)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cups ground walnuts
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup sunflower oil (I find that it has the most neutral taste)
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ cups espresso or really strong brewed coffee
  • 3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grease and flour one 10-inch loaf pan.
  3. Sift flour and cocoa together in a large bowl.
  4. Add cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground walnuts.
  5. Stir well to combine.
  6. In a medium bowl add sugar and oil, and mix using an electric mixer until even.
  7. Add eggs, one by one, mixing after each addition.
  8. Pour in the coffee.
  9. Stir in mashed bananas and pour into dry ingredients.
  10. Mix until there is no more flour showing.
  11. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  12. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until done (insert a knife or a toothpick to check).
  13. Let it cool in the pan on the rack for 10 minutes.
  14. Remove from the pan and allow it to cool for another 10 minutes on the rack.
  15. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

About Lana Watkins

I was born and raised in Serbia and most of our food came from the local sources. I enjoyed fresh milk, produce picked the same day when it was sold, and grains processed in stone mills operated by the energy of small water streams. My three daughters are as enamored with good good as I am . One of these days I will have my own small chicken coop in the back yard, which would make me immensely happy. Until then, I'll keep planting vegetables and herbs wherever I live.

Check our my Blog: Bibberche

Grain Mill Wagon Experience: I reluctantly admit that I am a techno-peasant and I was pretty intimidated when I unpacked my brand new WonderMill. But I read the instructions once and never again looked at them. It is simple and easy to use and maintain, and whatever grain you grind will come out fast and with no fuss. I pride myself on being creative, but this mill has opened new horizons for me and I cannot wait to explore all the roads it will lead me to.

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2 Responses to Kids’ Play: Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

  1. Cassi says:

    Is the espresso solely for flavor? How strong is the coffee flavor? Also, if I’d like to leave it out, will that change the consistency?

    Thanks!

  2. Lana says:

    Cassi, the coffee only accentuates the chocolate and you cannot really taste it. It adds just another layer and is not the key player here. You can definitely leave it out, as it would nto change the taste:)

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