Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread just going into the oven.

Did you know that there will be chocolate in heaven? I have it from a reliable source. (Well, I know it must be somewhere in the Good Book. I don’t have the exact scripture reference handy, but just trust me – it’s in there.)

I logged onto Pinterest today to look for a recipe to take to small group Sunday afternoon. I had planned to make these Coconut Almond Muffins from my friend Tara’s blog but lacked a couple of ingredients and didn’t want to go to the store. (I’m going to try the muffin recipe soon, though.)

On Pinterest, I stumbled across the Smitten Kitchen’s page and, because I hadn’t visited the SK in forever, I browsed. I used to love the SK website – the beautiful photos, the step-by-step recipes, the witty writing – so I lingered for a few minutes. And then I stumbled upon …

… oh, my, dare I say it?

[Cue the music of the angels…]

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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This is the pan with the nuts. Those white lumps are white chocolate chips. I had a few left in the freezer and decided to finish them off.

My friends, when I can combine two of my favorite things – chocolate and bananas – I need look no further. The angels are tuning up.

This recipe lured me from my typical low-carb, high-protein search because, well, who can resist banana bread with DOUBLE CHOCOLATE in the title?

By the time I needed to start making the recipe, I was tired and just wanted to call it a day, but I decided to put a movie in the VCR and spin back the clock a decade or three to put myself in a good mood.

Yep, one of my favorite movies, Broadcast News, kept me motivated, repeating most of the lines and laughing out loud while I mashed bananas, cracked eggs, measured liquids and sifted dry ingredients. Finally, the “bread” (aka manna from heaven) was in the oven, the movie’s final credits were rolling, and I couldn’t wait to slice a warm piece of this chocolate heavenly mess and let my eyes roll to the back of my head.

I started writing this post before I even took the loaves out of the oven. How could I gush about the recipe before I’d even tasted it? Three reasons:

  1. It’s from the Smitten Kitchen.
  2. The aroma was wafting over here from the oven, and it smelled GOOD.
  3. It’s from the Smitten Kitchen.

As a longtime fan of the Smitten Kitchen, reasons 1 and 3 were enough for me. But now that I have tasted its marvelousness and texted my husband this message: “I just took two loaves of Double Chocolate Banana Bread out of the oven. Holy crap, it’s good,” I can assure you that I’ll be rewarding him with a slice as soon as he gets home from the state track meet. I made two loaves – plenty for small group tomorrow.

I know you wish you were a member of my small group, but you’ll just have to make this recipe for yourself. If you’re a baker, you’ll have everything you need in your cupboard, fridge or freezer. (Note: I doubled the recipe and added walnuts to one of the pans; nuts are not in the original recipe.)

Make it, and let me know how you did. Then we’ll both hear angels singing.

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5 thoughts on “Double Chocolate Banana Bread

  • Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 9:51 am
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    I’m exactly the same way! Even if I’m apprehensive about a recipe, I know it will ultimately be good if it comes from XYZ favorite blogger.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:34 am
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    This looks delicious, Suzy! Thanks for introducing your readers to the Smitten Kitchen site. It looks like a good one. Speaking of looking good, I love what you’ve done with your blog design, too. (Sorry I’m a little late … I’ve been meaning to tell you this for several weeks now!)

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm
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    I think I pinned this one too, Suzy. Lord knows I have a dozen frozen bananas that need to be used, so I think I might try it soon…maybe gluten-free. This looks incredible!

    While we’re talking about Smitten Kitchen, if you really love a dark chocolate/cocoa-y flavor and you enjoy cake, you gotta try this one: great for entertaining http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/11/ganached-guinness-goodness/

    Thanks for sharing this, Suzy!

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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    Lois, I’m surprised you hadn’t heard of the Smitten Kitchen. Maybe I was just in my crazy baking years (when I actually had time to do it) when I discovered Deb. It’s just a fun site – I love her writing style. She’s a hoot!

    Nydia, obviously you are familiar. Thanks for passing along the other recipe! Feel free to pass along any low-carb or gluten-free recipes to me, especially if you’ve tried and loved them.

    And, Lois, thanks for the feedback on the site. I’m working hard at getting the second blog up and running soon. In fact, I’m taking Wednesday off work to try to wrap up all the things I need to do to take it live. Stay tuned …

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