Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso

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An ultimate chocolate lover’s dream — Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso. With it’s rich, moist texture and superb banana chocolate flavor, and that hint of energizing espresso, it’s a treat you’ll make often.

First, let’s talk about espresso powder… and chocolate.

While espresso powder is a completely optional ingredient in this recipe, I have to be honest, it’s like a secret ingredient. You won’t taste the espresso at all. What you will taste, however, is a complex, rich and velvety chocolate flavor.

Baking with espresso powder simply makes chocolate taste even more like… chocolate. It simply enhances and intensifies that chocolate flavor we all love.

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso | 31Daily.com

Secondly, let’s talk about banana bread. It seems to be a staple in our house. And often there’s an extra loaf in the freezer. When unexpected guests pop in or we’re looking for a treat with tea, having a banana bread in the freezer is a welcome option.

But when you combine chocolate and banana and espresso, magic happens. Really!

You’ll have to try it to believe me. Let me know how you like it!

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso | 31Daily.com

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Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso | 31Daily.com

An ultimate chocolate lover’s dream — Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso. With it’s rich, moist texture and superb banana chocolate flavor, and that hint of energizing espresso, it’s a treat you’ll make often.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon espresso (optional — but I love the complex richness it adds to chocolate.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips + 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with a nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and add the butter, brown sugar, and espresso powder. Stir until combined and then add the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients; flour cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until just combined and fold in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top of the bread. Bake for 50-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. I also begin checking at 50 minutes.

Let the bread cool for at least 30 minutes before running a knife around the perimeter of the loaf pan and inverting the bread onto a cooling rack. Slice and serve.

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Espresso | 31Daily.com

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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