Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Very warm hello!
Anyone here who hasn't heard about banana bread? This delicious and simply sweet treat, is apparently one of the most online searched - for bread recipes. Despite its name, banana bread has little in common with typical yeast based bread. It a 'quick' bread, and became popular with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s. It is hard to believe but today there is as many as 40 different recipes for banana bread available online!
Why is it so popular? For sure it is one of the simplest treats to prepare and it's so good, especially when it combines banana, chocolate and pecan nuts! :-)
This recipe is a little variation from the more traditional one, which makes it perhaps a bit more interesting. :-)
180 g flour
40 g cocoa
120 g brown sugar
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon salt
80 ml olive oil
3 mashed ripe bananas
60 g of natural yogurt (Greek yogurt)
Vanilla extract, vanilla paste or 2 spoons of vanilla sugar
100 g chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
50 g pecan nuts
Step by step:
Whisk together dry ingredients: the flour, cocoa, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl mix together wet ingredients: the olive oil, 2 eggs, banana puree, yogurt, and vanilla extract (paste). Now mix dry and wet ingredients, by pouring the banana mixture into the flour mixture and stir it carefully with a spatula until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix, this will result in a dry and gummy banana bread. Fold in the chocolate pieces and pecans, again just until combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared, greased 26 cm round baking form. Bake in 175 ° C for about 30-35 minutes. After 30 minutes I recommend to insert a toothpick into the center of the bread as a control. As it comes out clean, banana bread is ready. Cool it down for a couple of minutes and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Bon apetit!
A little advice: If your bananas are everything but ripe you can use a little trick. Put your bananas into oven and keep them in 120 - 150 ° C for about an hour. The temperature will ripen the fruits and deepen the banana flavor.
Also, it is possible to cut short a baking time for a few minute. By doing so, you can enjoy the sticky center of your banana bread!