If you love Raspberries, you’re going to love this recipe. I’m a little obsessed with this bread at the moment and have been eating it every single day for the past two or three weeks, I can’t even remember, we just can’t get enough of it.
Dark chocolate chunks with sweet Raspberries are just the best combination ever. Put those two in a rich Banana bread batter and you are pretty much in Paradise.
I used freeze-dried Raspberries, because I happen to have them, but you can use fresh ones if you prefer. Frozen ones on the other hand will dye your bread pink.
I love dark chocolate, the darker the better but if you prefer a little sweeter chocolate, by all means use semi-sweet.
As for the bananas, use them very ripe, when they’re speckled with black dots.
I have used olive oil here, a very mild kind since I love the fruitiness it adds to the bread, perfect with the Raspberries.
- 4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cup mashed)
- 1/4 cup neutral olive oil
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour,
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dark chocolate chunks, or chopped chocolate
- 1/2 cup freeze dried Raspberries or 1 cup fresh raspberries
Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F. Lightly oil a 9×5-inch/23x13cm loaf tin and line with baking paper.
Puree the bananas in a food processor, add the oil, yogurt, sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
In a large bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
Add the (freeze-dried) Raspberries and stir until mixed thru, don’t over-mix. You want to keep the Raspberries whole.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top with the spatula.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out dry(-ish). It is still supposed to be moist since it’s a banana bread, however there should not be any batter still sticking to the skewer.
Should the bread become too dark you can tent some foil over the top loosely.
Remove from oven once it is finished baking and let it cool on a rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from tin with the parchment paper and let cool completely before slicing.