Hello sweets fans, this is a recipe just for you! This also has a lot of good ingredients like bananas and almonds so you won’t have to feel guilty about having another slice (or two!)… Make a cup of tea or cocoa and enjoy this yummy treat!
1/2 cup of unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature plus more for pan
3-4 ripe bananas (a little more than 1 cup), mashed
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 TSP pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of natural sugar
1 TSP salt
1 TSP baking soda
3 TSPs cocoa powder
4 ounces chopped dark/bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Heat the oven to 350 degrees and butter the 5 x 9 loaf pan.
Assemble your ingredients. (Note: Take out the butter and eggs ahead of time to allow to come to room temperature. Ideally about 30 minutes ahead.)
Cream the sugar and butter using either a handheld electric mixer or a KitchenAid-style mixer. Once they are light and fluffy, about three minutes, add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl. (Note: Crack the eggs into a small bowl to make sure there are no flaws before adding to the mixture.)
Sift the dry ingredients and add half a cup at a time to the wet ingredients. Again, scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add the bananas. (Note: Throw your overripe bananas into the freezer to have on hand. Brown spots mean sugar! Take them out about 15-20 minutes ahead of time and simply cut off the top with a knife. The ripe, soft and sugary mixture will slide right out and into the mixture!)
Add the sour cream, vanilla and cocoa and mix well.
Mix in the chocolate and nuts by hand. (Note: Chocolate chips would be a fine substitution here. If using a chocolate bar, a rough chop along with the small bits will distribute wonderfully throughout the loaf. Also, use your favorite nut in this recipe. Pecans or walnuts would be delicious too!)
Pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Test with a toothpick or cake tester to make sure the center is cooked and clean.
Cool on a rack for about ten minutes (if you can resist!) and cut into thick slices. Enjoy with that hot cup of tea or cocoa. Dipping is optional!
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