Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

chocoalte muffins by As promised, I’ve put together the recipe for the Chocolate Banana Bread I demonstrated at last week’s Baking Demo in Naperville, IL. At the demo, I discussed baking tips and halal substitutes for particular baking ingredients, which you can find a summary of on one of my previous posts. To the demo I also brought samples of my Banana Blueberry Loaf and Cranberry & White Chocolate Mini Muffins, both of which you can find recipes for here.

Just about everyone loves chocolate and lots of sweet breads are made with banana. Combine the two and you get a very healthy snack or breakfast on the go. You can even spread this batter into paper-lined muffin tins to make large muffins or mini muffins like the ones pictured here. Do it your way. Have fun with it!

Makes about 8-12 slices, depending how you cut them.

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups pure cane sugar, granulated

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup banana flavored yogurt
  • ½ cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup vegetable OR Grape seed oil. I don’t recommend any strong oils such as olive oil because it tends to take over the flavor of the blueberry and banana.

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 large, very ripe banana
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Measure all dry ingredients into a metal or glass mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, add the eggs and yogurt. Using a wire whisk, mix together well. Next, add the vegetable oil and whisk again until all three ingredients are well-blended.
  4. To the egg-yogurt-oil mixture, add the banana by mashing it into the mixture. Then, using a strong whisk, blend everything together.
  5. Using 1-2 cups at a time, add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture. Using a wooden spoon or heavy wire whisk, blend all ingredients until there are no lumps.
  6. Gently fold in the chocolate morsels.
  7. Pour mixture into a large, oiled (spray) loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven and bake for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick or flat knife comes out clean from the center and the top is golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool before turning out of pan, approximately 30-40 minutes.

chocolate morsels by stockfood.com

On a couple of other notes…

We’ve been partnering up with some great companies that are striving hard to bring natural and halal products to market: Apriori Beauty, Shabazz Cola and Insane Jerky,  just to name a few. Another one I’m really excited to have just learned about is CSN Stores. They list 200 + websites, selling a variety of products for the home and office, ranging from kitchen bar stools to kitchen tables, sofas and floor lamps. I may even be testing some products in the future to show you what works in the kitchen and what doesn’t.

It’s been a very busy few weeks around here. Spring is coming, which means I’m very excited to begin shopping for produce at local farmer’s markets and to even begin planting my own herbs and vegetables on my balcony to enjoy all summer. I’m also very excited to announce that I’ll be gearing up to bring My Halal Kitchen recipes to your home or event for more baking and cooking demos! More details here.  Enjoy the weather, everyone!

8 comments

  1. oh mmmmmmmmmm Yummy this looks and sounds delicious

  2. Hi,
    I found your website recently and like it very much. I was looking at some of the recipes and for one of them called for Parmesan cheese. Just curious as to where you find halal parm/grated cheese? I am in the NJ(20 mins from NYC) area…any suggestions would be helpful.

    Thanks.

    • Hello Asif, I would go with any parmesan cheese that is available and made without animal rennet. Some scholars say there is such an insignificant amount of animal (cow, in the case of parmesan) that there is no issue with the type of cheese, usually. I suggest finding a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods near you because their staff is generally very knowledgeable about products or at least helpful in getting answers; in the spring and summer, check our your local farmer’s market for vendors you can speak to directly. Hope that helps.

  3. Wow this sounds delicious! I’ll definitely give it a try insha Allah, you’re doing an awesome job masha Allah. Muslims everywhere can really benefit using these tips and recipes.

  4. I saw you on our local television a couple of days ago..As I write,your chocolate banana bread is baking in the oven.. I can’t wait to try your other recipes..On the show, you were going to prepare Strawberry Tiramisu..Do you happen to have the recipe for your readers?

    Thank you, Yvonne!

  5. @Sumitra, thank you so much! I’m really glad you’re making this recipe and hope you and your family get to enjoy it all together, insha’allah. The Strawberry Tiramisu recipe is actually available in my cookbook, which you can find here: http://www.myhalalkitchen.com/summer-ramadan-cooking-is-now-available-in-paperback/ Enjoy!

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