Thursday, 2 September 2010

Chocolate Banana Bread

I love it when you come across a new way to use up old bananas. Regular banana bread is great, but this banana bread is a bit different and it is SO easy to make. Most important of all, it's delicious!
This is a Bill Granger recipe... He is one of my Australian food heroes not only because of his fantastic food at bills and bills2  in Sydney, but also because he is a self-taught chef, and I love that about him... very inspiring.

This recipe was shared with me by a friend, and now I'm passing it onto to all of you. So go forth, and spread the chocolate banana bread love amongst your family and friends!

Chocolate Banana Bread
(recipe from Bill's Food by Bill Granger)

2 c (300g) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c caster sugar
3 bananas, mashed
125g unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c dark choc-chips
icing sugar, to dust (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Grease a 24 x 13 x 7cm loaf pan.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add the caster sugar.
3. In a separate bowl, combined the bananas, butter, eggs, vanilla and choc-chips. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
4. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 1 1/4 hours. Dust with the icing sugar, serve warm.

If the bread is browning too quickly, cover with foil and continue to bake.

Ladybird x


  1. Thanks for this recipe. Bill Granger is my hero too - I have all his recipe books but I haven't made this. I am going to make it tomorrow. I cook his recipes many times a week.

  2. I've never tried this .... i think i will soon :))) looks yummy :)

  3. mmm love the idea of chocolate + banana bread!

  4. You must try the Nigella one from 'Domestic Goddess' with cocoa in it - it is to die for!

  5. I love Bill's simple but delicious recipes. I think I've become totally addicted to his Portuguese custard tarts! :P

  6. Hi Ladybird, thanks for stopping by to visit my blog! I looooove banana bread and this version with chocolate chips in it is my favorite, the way I usually make it. I am a chocaholic and dessert just isn't desert without some chocolate in it. Will try making it following your recipe. The pictures are beautiful.

  7. This looks delicious Anna! So delicious I had to share on my sweet saturday post :D

  8. Oh my, I love banana bread, and the idea of combining it with chocolate too, must try it! My lil bro loves it when I make banana bread and with the addition of chocolate he might give me some more loving! =D

  9. I felt in love with bananas bread as I arrived in Sydney. I didn't know it before then and was intrigued to see it on every menus! I can't wait to try your recipe, must be even better with chocolate!

  10. This looks so good, I'm considering letting the 3 bananas put aside for breakfast go really ripe for use in this banana bread instead :)


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