Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread – this EASY banana bread is the BEST RECIPE! It’s my mom’s banana bread recipe and thanks to my partnership with Almond Breeze, it’s got TRIPLE the chocolate!
As you all know, my daughter loves dancing. This year she is on a jazz production team at the local studio; it’s kind of a competition team light. The regular competition teams require 5-7 hours of dance per week, plus do all the competitions (about one a month January-July). We only have 2 hours of dance and 2 competitions, which I needed to ease myself into this whole “dance mom” life. Even though I am the furthest thing from a dance mom, I’m happy she found something she loves. She even tried out for – and made – the middle school dance team for next year.
Last weekend we had the second of two competitions. Luckily this one was close, only a 30 minute drive, in downtown Sacramento. The way these comps work is that you’re in limbo until a few days before and then you get your time of arrival, which is two hours before your dance time. Jordan’s call time was at 7:43am. In the morning. On a Saturday. **crying**
Basically that meant that we had to get up earlier on Saturday than we do for school during the week, so breakfast had to be FAST. Luckily, I still had some of the chocolate banana bread left over. Sure, it’s full of chocolate, but it’s banana bread and I served with with eggs, so that’s good right? 😉
This TRIPLE Chocolate Banana Bread is a variation of my mom’s BEST banana bread recipe. That recipe has never done me wrong and I’ve made so many variations on it, including peanut butter banana bread, blueberry banana bread, and banana muffins with it. But I’ve never turned it chocolate before, and now that I have, I’m mad at myself because it’s OH SO GOOD.
If I’m being 100% honest with you, the bread I gave Jordan was loaf #2…because I ate loaf #1…by myself.
One of the best things about this banana bread recipe is how versatile it is. I’ve made it lower fat by substituting some applesauce for oil. I’ve made it lower sugar by reducing the amount to 3/4 cup. I’ve made it with whole wheat and white whole wheat flour. I’ve used milk, nonfat milk, buttermilk – it pretty much works with almost any substitution.
This time I made the bread, I added cocoa (obviously) and I also made it accidentally dairy-free by using vegetable oil instead of butter and almond milk instead of regular. Plus, the almond milk is CHOCOLATE, hence the TRIPLE chocolate in the title.
As you all know, I’ve worked with Almond Breeze for a long time now. I absolutely love their almondmilk and I use it almost every single day in my cereal and smoothies. I also try and use it in baked goods whenever I make them for the family, and I often test recipes from this blog (like vanilla cupcakes or coffee cake) to see if the sub works and if I can add it as an option for people allergic to milk or dairy. Guess what: it works in banana bread, fabulously.
You’ll notice that I use a blender to combine the wet ingredients. If you want you can smash the banana with a fork, but there’s something about that blender that just makes the bread so good. I don’t know why, but it’s how mom did it, and mom knows best!
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
Yield: 8 servings
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread – this EASY banana bread is the BEST RECIPE! It’s my mom’s banana bread recipe with TRIPLE the chocolate!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tired bananas
- 2 eggs
- 7 tablespoons Almond Breeze Chocolate Almondmilk
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips, plus a few more for the top of the bread
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9×5” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Stir sugar, oil, and cocoa in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Add the bananas, eggs, almond milk, vinegar, and baking soda to a blender. Mix until liquefied.
- Pour half of the banana mixture into the sugar mixture with 1 cup of flour and mix until just combined. Repeat with the rest of the liquid and flour. Do not overmix!
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour into loaf pan. Sprinkle top with a sprinkling of chocolate chips.
- Bake approximately 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean from the center of the bread.
This post has been sponsored by Almond Breeze. All opinions are 100% my own.