Chocolate Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
The cool weather is back and right on cue, so is my desire to make baked goods. First off: banana bread – a vegan recipe with a little bit extra with the addition of chocolate and macadamia nuts. It’s a little indulgent to be sure but banana bread is easy to justify since I always seem to have extra bananas past their prime. This recipe was pleasantly moist and rich. I mean there’s not much else to say really! Bananas and chocolate = always super yum.
(Adapted from here)
1 cup mashed very ripe banana
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons boiling water, divided
1 cup chocolate chips, white chocolate discs & macadamia nuts
1 – Boil water. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 – Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl until relatively smooth. It should take 3 average sized ones, but spoon the mashed ‘nanas into a measuring cup to make sure, then return to the mixing bowl. Beat in the sugar, canola oil, milk and vanilla.
3 – Add in the flour, baking soda and salt and gently mix just to incorporate.
4 – Scoop one cup of the batter up and transfer it to a separate mixing bowl.
5 – In a small bowl mix the cocoa powder with 3 tablespoons boiling water and stir vigorously with a fork until the chocolate is dissolved. Add this chocolate mixture to the one cup of banana and mix until incorporated.
6 – Add 3 tablespoons of boiling water to the regular mixture and mix the batter just until relatively smooth.
7 – Lightly grease an 8×4 loaf pan. Scoop alternate 1/2 cupfuls of chocolate/banana batter into the loaf pan. Add in chocolate and macadamia nuts. Using a butter knife, swirl the two together with the chocolate and nuts.
8 – Bake for 55 minutes. Use a butter knife to test for doneness. Cool and enjoy!
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