Triple-chocolate banana bread

Triple Chocolate Banana goodness for the kid in all of us! Kid tested, adult approved!

Have you ever tried to wrestle a couple of really energetic, curious (and cute!) monkeys while attempting to accomplish a task? This is my life. I am constantly trying to get things done while also wrestling two monkeys. Which is great! It has made me an excellent multi-tasker and it certainly keeps me on my toes. Plus I have found that certain tasks aren't hindered much by them. I can clean and cook and wrestle monkeys with ease. But activities that require concentration and thought do not mix well with the monkeys.

So here is my equation from the past 10 days: Lots o' Monkey Time + Cleaning/Organizing + Cooking/Baking = A Really Clean Home + Lots of Food to Eat + Tons of Photos on Camera + Very Limited Time on Computer.

In other words, I'M BEHIND! I still have Super Bowl goodies that I haven't gotten off my camera. I'm hoping to get to them all this week!

I made this bread a few weeks ago and shared the cute teeny lil' loaves with my sister and her family. The consensus: KIDS LOVE THIS BREAD! My boys adored it and my niece did, as well. I love the triple-chocolatey-ness involved and also the addition of the bananas. 

Back to the monkeys! I hope you enjoy the bread! 

Triple-Chocolate Banana Bread

Triple Chocolate Banana goodness for the kid in all of us!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Feb. 13, 2012

Serves: 4 Mini Loaves

Total time: 1 hr 20 min

TripleChocolateBananaBread"

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray four 5 ¾ x 3-inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the ½ cup butter and brown sugar together with a hand-held mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add eggs, bananas and vanilla, and mix until incorporated. Slowly add the flour mixture until just incorporated. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir into mixture with a wooden spoon.
  3. Divide the batter evenly between the four loaf pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the 1 tablespoon of butter with the bittersweet chocolate chips. Microwave for 1 minute, followed by 30-second bursts until melted. Add heavy whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until combined. Drizzle the glaze over breads.