Banana and Chocolate Chunks Loaf

A recipe for banana bread that is buttery, sweet and most definitely a diet-be-damned treat.

I use squares of chocolate rather than chocolate chips because I like a good chunk of chocolate. Don’t you?

So last week I discovered that I hadn’t updated all the recipes on the old twimii recipes page. I was certain I had updated everything there. But no. There was no update to the Banana Apple Loaf. So this loaf is the alternative loaf recipe I’m going to offer for that.

Now I know what you’re thinking, a Banana and Apple Loaf sounds very different to a Banana and Chocolate Chunks Loaf. And to be honest you’re on to something there. But doesn’t the one with the chocolate sound much more appealing?

I do want to get some sort of proper alternative to the old recipe.  The old recipe was supposed to be a “healthy recipe” but it didn’t really work. It’s a mix of egg, oil, ground almonds, polenta, bananas and apples. It’s terrible. I want to make some fruit and nut rich vegan loaf, but to be completely honest I’m just not in the mood for healthy food at this time of year. I’m being healthy – but in a sort of indulgent way. Yes, that’s a thing. Well, I like to believe it is…

So the alternative I’m going to offer for the old (and terrible) – but presumably healthy – banana apple loaf, is this really simple and yummy – and not at all diet-friendly – banana and chocolate loaf.

Sure it’s only a small one. A teeny tiny 7 inch loaf. What harm could that do?

ingredients
Softened butter, gluten-free self raising flour, ground almonds, just-ripe bananas, eggs, sugar and milk chocolate – and a tiny pinch of salt.

Banana and Chocolate Chunks Loaf

Makes a 7 inch (18 cm) loaf

Ingredients

  • 55g softened butter plus more for greasing
  • 60g golden caster sugar *ordinary caster sugar will work fine it will just be a little sweeter
  • 2 just ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75g self raising gluten-free flour
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 60g milk chocolate

Instructions

  1. Grease and line a 7 inch (18cm) loaf tin and turn on the oven to 160 C.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together. Mash one of the bananas to a gooey consistency and beat this in well also. Beat in the two egg. Finally, beat in the flour and ground almonds.
  3. Slice the other banana into long thick slices. Divide up the chocolate into chunks - or squares. Add a thin layer of batter to the loaf tin and add a couple of slices of banana along with three or four chocolate squares. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up.
  4. Put the tin into the oven and bake for hour.
  5. When done, take the loaf out of the oven, let it cool for just a minute and then remove from the tin and baking paper and allow to cool for 40 minutes to an hour.
  6. Enjoy with a good cup of black coffee.
http://twimii.com/recipes/banana-and-chocolate-chunks-loaf/

assembly
So even though these loaf tins are tiny (18cm x 11cm x 6cm) this makes just one loaf.
assembled
Ready for baking.
out-of-oven
Bake for a full hour.
allow-to-cool
Leave to cool for just a minute in the tin. Then take it out and leave to cool for 40 minutes to 1 hour.
banana-and-chocolate-chunk-loaf
Leaving it to cool means it will then be easy to cut and – I think – more flavourful.
just-a-bite
Indulgent, sweet, buttery yumminess – with a nice big bite of chocolate.
have-a-slice
The big slices of banana and chunks of chocolate are what make this so good.

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