Saturday, January 1, 2011

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

Check out this recipe for a delicious chocolate banana bread from Glamour's Vitamin G blog. The found this one from RecipeGirl who found it in Rancho La Peurta's cookbook.

Chocolate Banana Bread
Recipe courtesy of; created for Rancho La Peurta


10 ounces pitted dried prunes
3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
2 large eggs
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup banana chips, chopped coarsely
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. In a small saucepan, bring prunes and 2 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until prunes are very soft, about 20 minutes. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 5ÿ9-inch loaf pan and line bottom with a piece of parchment paper, cut to fit.

3. In a food processor, whirl prunes and bananas until very smooth. Add eggs and whirl to combine.

4. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in banana mixture until evenly moistened. Stir in banana chips and chocolate chips. Scrape the thick batter into pan and spread level.

5. Bake bread until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a little chocolatey but not gooey, 40 to 50 minutes. Loosen bread from pan with a knife and invert onto a rack. Remove parchment. Turn bread right-side-up and let cool at least 1 hour before slicing.

Servings: 16
Yield: 16 slices
Each serving is 162 calories, 5.5 grams of fat

Cooking Tips
*Shortcut: Sub 10 oz. (1 1/4 cups) unsweetened prune baby food for the pitted prunes, and omit water and cooking in step 1.


MelissaPont said...

oooo sounds delicious!