Banana Chocolate Bread


Banana Choc Bread

Thirty things that make me smile…

A perfectly baked sponge cake with jam and cream.

Photographing in natural light.

Reminiscing about my first kiss.

Soulful music.

Eating anything wrapped in pastry.

Laughter and uncontrollable giggles.

Receiving a compliment from a stranger.

Birthday and festive season celebrations with family.

Deep and meaningful conversation with close friends.

The kind of love that makes your heart ache when you’re not with them.

Ice-cream in summer anytime of the year.

Kindness. Gentleness. Understanding. Patience.

That look on someone’s face when they open up their gifts.

Farmers’ markets and fresh, seasonal produce.

Shopping until my feet hurt and so much money is spent.

Cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles.

Making new friends.

Flicking through design magazines for inspiration.

A coffee made from ground beans, perfectly steamed milk and served at the right temperature. Then drinking another one.

Fruit smoothies with honey.

Being loved for who I am.

Spending hours and hours in a bookshop, trying to find the right book to take home.

Turning the mobile/laptop off and being disconnected.

Being appreciated and acknowledged.

Log fires, hot chocolate and marshmallows in winter.

Watermelon, floral dresses, flip-flops, last minute BBQs and trips to the beach in summer.

Finding that perfect dress/top/skirt/jeans/shoes that actually fit for a bargain price.

The sense of accomplishment when something difficult has finally been completed.

Reading a book from beginning to end in one sitting.

Thick slices of banana chocolate bread, still warm from the oven…

Banana Chocolate Bread

250g plain flour

2.5 teaspoons baking powder

big pinch of salt

125g dark or milk chocolate, finely chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup caster sugar

2 large eggs

4 large, ripe bananas, mashed (don’t add anymore bananas – it will be too stodgy).

  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Grease and line a loaf tin and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir through the chocolate.
  3. In a larger bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and banana.
  4. Gently combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and be careful not to overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack, but eat it warm. It tastes good toasted the next day too :)


16 Responses to “Banana Chocolate Bread”

  1. one thing that makes me smile: lovely emails from the adorable Linda!! This looks damn good. If I could turn on my oven without burning up, I’d be making it in a flash :)

  2. 2 dani

    what a cute post – and some great looking bread!

  3. banana and chocolate = loveeee:)))))

    looks yummy!

  4. Yes, chocolate. Great idea to add to banana bread. I might even get more gluttonous and add nuts.

    Your post made me smile on this Monday morning.

  5. 5 Betty

    I agree with everything on your list! I too can have ice cream anytime of the year! The banana chocolate bread sounds divine, yum!
    Love the blog! Everything looks so tasty :)

  6. 6 joey

    Banana bread is definitely something that makes me smile…and chocolate banana bread makes me smile even more! :)

  7. Lovee the list!! And the cake looks gorgeous!!

  8. So my first pregnancy has made it very difficult to keep up with blogs, i.e. I haven’t read any in three months. You are the first one on my bookmark list of food blogs, and I have now added my own “favorite thing” to the list – reading about food, looking at pictures of food, enjoying the passion of people who love food. And I have a handful of overripe bananas that need a home. Wow. It could not have been a better visit.

  9. 9 diva

    this is gorgeous banana bread and your post made me smile!! :) definitely reminiscing on the first kiss xx

  10. 10 sammi

    wow that looks delicious! i am always searching for good banana bread recipes to use. does this version really have no butter/oil in it?! :D

  11. my two favorite things: bananas and chocolate. holy cow! this recipe features both of them…ahem…together! this is a must!

  12. I smile at your list of things and agree with every one of them, especially that last one. There’s nothing better than a thick warm slice of banana bread, with chunks of chocolate inside, and a good knob of butter melting into it….YUM!

  13. 13 yvette

    this looks like heaven heaven heaven! :)

  14. Just made this recipe and loved it! thank you for blogging :)

  15. 15 Carlota

    I was sceptical about this (I must admit) and read the recipe through a number of times thinking you must have missed the liquid and also the oil/butter. Gave it a go and it was wonderful – our new favourite. Very healthy option too, you’d never know it had no butter in it. I passed this on to a co-worker who also loved it too – and her family just devour it when she bakes it. Thanks so much for posting this!

  16. hi! I just discovered your blog and i love it! this recipe seems so delicious and easy, and i just happen to have ripe bananas that need a home.. also ive been looking for recipes without butter or added fat and this seems like the perfect one! thank you so much! :)
    im definitely going to try this soon :)

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