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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

So the texture of the Boma Banana Bread I made a couple of weeks ago reminded me of some Chocolate Chocolate Chip muffins that we buy sometimes... incredibly light, moist and delicious.  So I thought, why not play around with this recipe just a bit and see if I can't get something chocolaty out of it?

I read up a bit on adding cocoa powder and the changes you needed to make to a recipe to make sure all the flavors and texture balanced perfectly and what I ended up with was what my Mike Jr called "the best thing that (he has) ever eaten in (his) life".  He may be a bit biased when it comes to anything with bananas and chocolate chips, but I have to admit, this was pretty dang tasty.

2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups ap flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk*
1 cup mini chocolate chips

*If you don't have buttermilk on hand, put one tbsp of lemon juice in the bottom of a measuring cup.  Fill with milk to the 1/2 cup line and let sit for about 5 minutes until it starts to curdle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Cream butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low. Add in the mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix well. Pour batter evenly into the two greased loaf pans. 

Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely before attempting to remove from pans. Slice and enjoy!


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