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Chocolate Banana Loaf

Makes 1 loaf

This recipe makes a moist bread with lots of banana flavour and even more banana kick with the added surprise of a banana in the middle!
What You Need
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup +2 Tbsp (for greasing) butter
3/4 cup light or golden brown sugar, lightly packed
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups mashed over ripe bananas (approximately 6 bananas) + 1 whole banana, sliced lengthwise
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced almonds with the skins on
What you Do
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Liberally grease loaf pan (approximately 2 Tbsp butter) and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together until combined.
  4. Mash six bananas. Stir beaten eggs and mashed bananas into the butter/sugar mixture until blended.
  5. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just mixed or moistened.
  6. Pour the batter until the loaf pan is about half way filled. Slice the whole banana lengthwise and place both pieces into the batter then sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Use the remaining batter to cover the banana and chocolate chips. Finish with a sprinkle of sliced almonds.
  7. Bake for approximately 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool, slice and serve slightly warm with a dollop of butter. This loaf is meant to be made and eaten right away. If it is left to sit for an extended period of time the banana in the middle will make the bread soggy.
Sweet Advice:
*For a rustic look, turn loaf out onto a cutting board and slice. Wrap each chocolate banana slice in parchment or wax paper then return to the loaf pan making for easy individual servings.