The Baker Upstairs: October 2017

10.28.2017

Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies + 19 Decadent Chocolate Recipes

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These rich and decadent fudgy double chocolate cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!

These rich and decadent fudgy double chocolate cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!

Okay, friends, hold onto your hats... today is National Chocolate Day! And since it's a national holiday, I'm pretty sure that it's okay to eat as much chocolate as you want. Those are the rules, right? I have to confess that I'm sometimes more of a vanilla girl than a chocolate girl. Whenever we try a new ice cream place or a new cupcake shop, I always feel like I can get a better sense of the quality of the ice cream or cupcakes based on their basic vanilla. My husband thinks that buying vanilla anything is a total waste of time, and he always orders the most decadent, over-the-top, insanely rich, dripping-with-chocolate treat that he can find. It's not that I don't like chocolate, it's just that I want to enjoy it intentionally. I don't want there to be so much of it in my life that it becomes everyday and boring to me. (This does not mean that I don't have those days in which I hide in the bathroom and eat a few handfuls of chocolate chips because I just can't deal with my children for another minute.)

These rich and decadent fudgy double chocolate cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!

When I do need some chocolate in my life, though, you'd better believe that it's going to be amazing. These cookies came about as a result of an intense chocolate craving, and they are totally loaded with chocolate flavor, top to bottom. The cookies themselves are so soft and rich, and get an extra boost of flavor from two different kinds of cocoa powder. Since I couldn't stop there, I also added chocolate chips to the dough, and sprinkled even more chocolate chips on top. Chocolate perfection!

These rich and decadent fudgy double chocolate cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!

These cookies were so good that my six year old helped herself to a bite of every. single. cookie. that was sitting on the cooling rack (argh!) and I may have had to eat two of her rejects to make myself feel better. (Okay, it was more like three.) Any plans of sending the extra cookies to work with my husband were completely dashed, so there was nothing for it but to eat them myself. :) You definitely need to try these gorgeous cookies for yourself! 

These rich and decadent fudgy double chocolate cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!
Fudgy Double Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla until well blended. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips. Shape into 12 equal sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle each ball with a few extra chocolate chips for a nicer presentation. If your dough is fairly soft, I would recommend chilling it at this point for about 30 minutes. If your dough is thick (like mine was), bake in the preheated oven for exactly 8 minutes. Remove and let cool 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a cooling rack. The cookies will look very soft and undercooked when you pull them out, but they will cook more as they cool on the pan.
These rich and decadent fudgy double chocolate cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate craving!

For more delicious recipes that are perfect for celebrating chocolate day, check out these amazing posts from my Celebrating Food blogging friends!

19 decadent chocolate recipes, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth!
Perfect Chocolate Cheesecake from Life Made Simple
Chocolate Mousse from Creations by Kara
Vegan Chocolate Waffles from Namely Marly
Selfish Bars from Foodie with Family
Brownie Delight from Real Mom Kitchen
Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub from Hey Grill Hey
Fast Fudgy Freezer Brownies from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

10.23.2017

Crispy Ranch Chicken Fingers

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These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

Who else has a picky eater at their house? My daughter Lizzy has been a garbage disposal pretty much since birth, and has always eaten every possible kind of food we've thrown at her. Spicy curry, roasted brussels sprouts, hot peppers... you name it, she'd eat it. And then, about a year ago, she became the pickiest eater ever. Mealtimes have become an ordeal because not only does she not like ANYTHING, she also refuses to eat food unless it's room temperature. It takes her as long as an hour sometimes to eat her food, even when it's something she likes. (This is especially frustrating in the morning when I'm trying to get her to the bus stop on time, and it takes her twenty minutes to eat one toaster waffle.)

These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

My general philosophy is that I will just continue to cook good healthy food (including lots of fruits and vegetables), put it on the kids' plates, and eventually they'll learn to like it. It worked for my previously incredibly picky ten year old, so here's hoping it eventually works for my six year old. With that in mind, though, I like to prepare at least one thing at each meal that I know that she'll like. We have a rule that she has to try at least one bite of everything on her plate, and I'm trying to teach her to listen to her own body's cues, so I try not to make her clean her plate. There are days, though, when it seems like she's just subsisting on air and orneriness.

These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

On those days, it's time to pull out those tried and true recipes that I know for sure that she'll eat. These crispy ranch chicken fingers have a lot going for them: they're reasonably healthy, they're easy to make, they're a good protein source, and (best of all) they taste great and my picky six year old LOVES them. I've actually been making double and triple batches of these, and keeping them in the freezer so I can pull them out when I need them. They are a lifesaver on those days when everything is a struggle!

These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

These chicken fingers also make really great leftovers. My kids like them as is, but I like to chop them up and add them to a salad or a quick pasta dish. They are definitely a staple at our house!

These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
Crispy Ranch Chicken Fingers

3 pounds chicken breast, cut into 3-4 strips each
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups panko
1 packet (1 ounce) ranch dressing mix
cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Pour the buttermilk into a bowl or shallow dish. Whisk together the bread crumbs, panko, and ranch dressing mix in a bowl or shallow dish. Dip each piece of chicken breast into the buttermilk, then roll in the bread crumb mixture to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining chicken. Spray the chicken with cooking spray and bake 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve hot with ranch dressing for dipping.
These delicious crispy ranch chicken fingers are super easy to make, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters!

originally published on Somewhat Simple

10.18.2017

Chicken Pot Pie - from Scratch!

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This delicious and savory from scratch chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best!

This delicious and savory from scratch chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best!

Now that it's fall, it's time to bring on the comfort food! It's supposed to rain every day this week, and I can think of nothing better than eating all my favorite foods and staying warm and cozy in my house. I actually made this chicken pot pie way back in July, when it was way too hot to be cooking anything, and I've saved it for you until peak comfort food season. It was the first time I ever made my perfect homemade pie crust, and I was kind of shocked at how amazing it turned out. The crust is perfectly buttery and flaky, the filling is savory and delicious, and the whole thing is just the essence of comfort food. Best of all, it's easy enough that you could probably squeak it out on a weeknight, instead of needing to spend the whole day in the kitchen. This is one of the best meals I've made in a long time (and I've already made it twice since) and my whole family loved it too!

This delicious and savory from scratch chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best!
Chicken Pot Pie

for the crust:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter
1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk plus a splash of vinegar)

for the filling:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
freshly ground pepper
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

To make the pie crust, in a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour and salt. Grate the cold butter into the flour mixture, and cut in using a pastry blender or the paddle attachment, until the pieces of butter are no larger than pea sized. Add the buttermilk, and mix until the dough just starts to come together. Turn out onto a floured surface and gently work into a ball, handling as little as possible. Divide the dough in half and shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least twenty minutes, or until ready to use.

To make the filling, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour to form a paste. Let cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Slowly add the chicken broth, followed by the milk, whisking constantly and adding a little at a time to form a smooth sauce. Stir in the shredded chicken and frozen vegetables and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350. Roll the bottom half of the pie crust out to fit your pie dish, and press gently into the dish. Pour the filling into the pie crust and spread evenly. Roll out the top crust in an even layer, and cut vents as desired, or form into a lattice (this is an excellent tutorial, if you haven't done a lattice crust before). Place the top crust on top of the filling, cut off the excess crust, and fold or crimp the edges together. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Brush the egg mixture over the top of the crust, spreading evenly. Bake 55-60 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling and thick. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.
This delicious and savory from scratch chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best!

Don't forget to pin this recipe for later!

This delicious and savory from scratch chicken pot pie is comfort food at its best!

For more comfort food chicken recipes, check out some of my favorites below:



10.16.2017

90 Minute Dinner Rolls

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These 90 minute dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and taste amazing!

These 90 minute dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and taste amazing!

Whenever the seasons change, I seem to find myself in a bit of a funk. I am not great with change in general, and even the little changes to our wardrobe and diet tend to throw me off balance a little. I've been looking forward to fall for months now, but now that it's here, I just feel kind of... meh. Maybe it's the fact that it's still dark when I get up in the mornings, or the endless papers that come home from school with my girls, asking for donations of time and money. All I seem to want to do at the moment is sit on the couch with a warm drink and a cozy blanket, and watch Hallmark Channel movies.

I know it'll pass in a week or two (it always does!) but for now I'm trying to lean in to the need for coziness, instead of fighting with it. This is the time when all those glorious soups I have saved in the freezer are coming in handy! (You can check out some of our favorites here, here, and here.) We've been having soup for dinner several nights a week lately, and it is the perfect thing for me and my mood. Since we can't have soup without fresh bread, these 90 minute dinner rolls are perfect! They're quick and easy to make, and taste amazing, too. They're also incredibly light and fluffy (which is pretty surprising, with such a short rise time). I shaped mine into cloverleaf rolls, because that's the shape my mom always made when I was a kid, but you're welcome to experiment with different shapes for your rolls. No matter how they're shaped, they'll taste delicious!

These 90 minute dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and taste amazing!
90 Minute Dinner Rolls

1 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until frothy, about 5 minutes. Add the oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour, and mix until well combined. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch (be careful not to add too much flour!). Knead 3-5 minutes, until smooth. Cover and let rise 30-45 minutes, or until doubled. When the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 375. Gently punch down the dough. Divide the dough into 18 equal-sized pieces, then divide each of those pieces into 3 equal-sized pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, and add 3 balls to each well of a muffin tin sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
These 90 minute dinner rolls are so light and fluffy, and taste amazing!

For more soft and fluffy dinner roll recipes, check out some of my favorites below:



10.14.2017

Mummy Sugar Cookies

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These adorable mummy sugar cookies are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating Halloween!

These adorable mummy sugar cookies are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating Halloween!

That's right, three adorable Halloween ideas in a row this week! Obviously I am obsessed with Halloween. Our weather suddenly changed this week to cold and rainy (which I love!) and we are totally getting in the mood for fall and all things Halloween. We visited the pumpkin patch yesterday, and got totally dumped on by a surprise rainstorm. We were all soaked and muddy by the time we got home, but it was so much fun!

These adorable mummy sugar cookies are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating Halloween!

Decorating Halloween cookies is one of my family's favorite traditions. Every year I bake a big stack of cookies, make a variety of colors of frosting, pull out all the sprinkles, and let the kids go to town. I always find myself picking sprinkles out of every crack and crevice in my kitchen for weeks afterwards, but it's totally worth it to see those joyful looks on their faces as we decorate together. I made these mummy cookies during our cookie decorating session last year, and they were so fun and so easy to make too!

These adorable mummy sugar cookies are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating Halloween!

No worries if you are not an expert cookie decorator (as I certainly am not). If you can draw a moderately straight line, you can definitely make these cookies. :) The sugar cookie recipe below is my very favorite recipe, the one I've been making consistently since I was 12 or so, and it never fails me. These cookies are so good!

These adorable mummy sugar cookies are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating Halloween!
Mummy Sugar Cookies

for the cookies:
12 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

for decorating:
8 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-2 tablespoons half and half
48 candy eyes (I used Wilton brand)

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and almond extract, and beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix to combine. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour. After the dough has chilled, roll it out on a flour-dusted surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a round cutter and place on a parchment lined or greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are just slightly golden around the bottom. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter and powdered sugar. Add the almond extract, and enough half and half to make the frosting come together. Beat the frosting on high for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Spread a thin layer of frosting onto each cooled cookie. Add two candy eyes about 1/3 of the way down on the cookie. Scoop the remaining frosting into a pastry bag with a flat tip (I used a Wilton #150 tip). Pipe strips of frosting across each cookie to make a mummy design. Enjoy!
These adorable mummy sugar cookies are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating Halloween!

originally published on Somewhat Simple

10.11.2017

Halloween Oreos

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These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!

I've totally been on a roll with the Halloween projects lately, and I'm so excited to share these Halloween Oreos with you! A few years ago, I started dipping Oreos and other treats in chocolate to share with friends and family at Christmas, but this is the first year that I've tried Halloween designs. They turned out so incredibly cute, and I think they will be perfect to share with friends (if we don't just eat them all ourselves). The best part is that they're super easy to make! I made all four varieties in about an hour and a half (and spent part of that time breaking up fights between my naughty children). They're so fun, and so easy to customize in any way you can imagine!

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!

It's hard for me to pick a favorite, but I think these Frankenstein's monster Oreos might be it. I love their goofy little faces! I will confess that I wish I had gone the extra mile and picked up some pretzel sticks at the grocery store, instead of chopping up the pretzel twists I already had in the house like the lazy person I am. They're still super cute, though!

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!
Frankenstein's Monster Oreos

8 Oreo cookies
dark brown sprinkles
8 small pretzel sticks, broken in half

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power, stirring every thirty seconds, until completely melted. Dip the Oreos in the candy using a fork, coating them completely, then tap the fork on the side of the bowl a few times to shake off the excess candy. Gently place the Oreos on the prepared baking sheet. Place two eyes on each Oreo, sprinkle brown sprinkles on top for the hair, and place a pretzel piece on each side for the neck bolts. Let cool and harden, then draw a mouth with the sparkle gel. 
These jack o' lanterns were my daughter Abby's favorite, mostly because of their silly little faces. I made the stems from the rest of the pretzel pieces that I had chopped up while making the Frankenstein's monster Oreos, and used the already melted green candy melts from those as well, so they were pretty straightforward and easy. 

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!
Jack O' Lantern Oreos

8 Oreo cookies
pretzel pieces, chopped into stem shapes

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Melt the orange candy melts in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power, stirring every thirty seconds, until completely melted. Dip the Oreos in the candy using a fork, coating them completely, then tap the fork on the side of the bowl a few times to shake off the excess candy. Gently place the Oreos on the prepared baking sheet. Melt the green candy melts in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power, stirring every thirty seconds, until completely melted. Dip the pretzel pieces in the green candy and stick to the top of the pumpkins. Drizzle the remaining green candy melts on top of the pumpkins to look like vines. Let cool and harden completely, then draw a face on each pumpkin using the sparkle gel. 
These cute little cats were definitely the most challenging to make, mostly because they required the most precision. I saw these cuties on 30 Handmade Days a few weeks ago, and couldn't wait to try them! My husband and my daughter Lizzy loved these ones the best, and I can see why. They are so darling!

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!
Black Cat Oreos

8 Oreo cookies
16 small candy eyeballs
16 chocolate chips
black sprinkles
small pink heart shaped sprinkles

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Melt the black candy melts in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power, stirring every thirty seconds, until completely melted. Dip the Oreos in the candy using a fork, coating them completely, then tap the fork on the side of the bowl a few times to shake off the excess candy. Gently place the Oreos on the prepared baking sheet. Place two candy eyes, two chocolate chip ears, a heart sprinkle nose, and six whiskers on each Oreo while the candy is still melted. Let cool completely. 
Lastly, these mummies are pretty tough contenders for my favorites, mainly because they were so easy to make. They definitely took me the least time of the bunch, and I still think they are incredibly adorable and so fun!

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!
Mummy Oreos

8 Oreo cookies

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Melt the white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl at 50% power, stirring every thirty seconds, until completely melted. Dip the Oreos in the candy using a fork, coating them completely, then tap the fork on the side of the bowl a few times to shake off the excess candy. Gently place the Oreos on the prepared baking sheet. Let stand 5-10 minutes. Scoop the remaining candy into a ziplock bag, cut a small piece off the corner of the bag, and drizzle the candy over the top of the mummies. Let cool completely. Pipe two black dots for eyes using the black sparkle gel. 
These Halloween Oreos are so easy to make, and perfect for celebrating the holiday!

These adorable and delicious Halloween Oreos are so fun to decorate!

10.09.2017

3 Ingredient Halloween Slime

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This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

Are your kids as obsessed with slime as mine are? I didn't even know that slime was a thing until last year. My daughter made slime with her fourth grade class one day, and it has been a huge favorite with both girls ever since. They can spend literally hours playing with it (which is pretty amazing, given that their attention span is usually less than 10-15 minutes). It's fun, easy to make, and generally pretty mess-free. A total win, in my book!

With Halloween coming up, we thought it would be fun to make some slime with all the fun colors of glitter glue we've been seeing at Target. Making slime is so simple that my ten year old can do it all by herself! (She reluctantly agreed to let her little sister assist her for these pictures.)

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

You'll start by mixing your glitter glue and a little bit of water in a medium bowl. The water helps loosen it up and make it easier to work with.

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

Next you'll mix a teaspoon of borax into a cup of warm water until dissolved, then pour the borax mixture into the glitter glue. The borax will work its magic and turn glue into slime!

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

Mix the glue with your hands until it starts to cling together, then pull it out of the water and knead it between your hands until it firms up a little and stops being so sticky. How cool looking is that slime?

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

The slime is stretchy and a little sticky, and endlessly fun to play with. My kids like to cut it with plastic utensils and pretend that they're cooking, or wrap it around the end of a tube and then blow on the tube to make a bubble. It's endlessly entertaining!

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!
Halloween Slime

1 bottle Elmer's glitter glue
1 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water, separated
1 teaspoon borax

Add the glitter glue to a medium bowl. Add one tablespoon of water and mix until combined. In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir the borax into the remaining cup of water. Pour the borax water into the glitter glue, and mix with your hands until the slime starts to come together. Pull the slime out of the water and squeeze from hand to hand until the slime reaches the desired consistency. Store in an airtight container.
We decided to make things a little more fun and festive by decorating some jars to hold the slime. I found these cute little baby food jars at Target, and painted the lids with craft paint. We found googly eyes and multicolored craft foam at Michaels, and made some little monster faces for the jars. Seriously, so cute!

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

I used a paint pen to draw the pumpkin face, Dracula's widow's peak, and Frankenstein's monster's mouth. I would definitely recommend a paint pen over a regular sharpie. It went on thick and smooth and looks great!

This three ingredient Halloween slime is so quick and easy to make. It's the perfect Halloween activity to do with the kids!

These Halloween slime jars are the cutest thing ever, and so much fun to make!

10.05.2017

Chocolate Banana Bread

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This rich and delicious chocolate banana bread has the perfect soft texture!

This rich and delicious chocolate banana bread has the perfect soft texture!

Hi friends! I've been slacking off on posting here in the last little while, mostly because my in-laws have been in town visiting us. It has been so fun showing them all around Portland and taking them to some of our favorite places. We've visited our favorite museums, took a road trip to the coast, and have been stuffing our faces at all our favorite restaurants. We've been having such a great time that I haven't cooked much of anything in the last week! A few days ago I noticed some bananas starting to go south, and whipped up a quick loaf of this chocolate banana bread so they wouldn't go to waste. I adapted my favorite best-ever banana bread recipe by throwing in some cocoa powder and chocolate chips, and the result was a deliciously moist and tender loaf with a rich chocolate flavor. It was a huge hit with everyone at my house, and one we will definitely make again!
Chocolate Banana Bread

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, milk, and mashed bananas, and mix until smooth. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

adapted from Little Red Hen
This rich and delicious chocolate banana bread has the perfect soft texture!

For more fantastic banana bread recipes, check out some of my favorites below:



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