Chocolate espresso banana bread is deliciously flavored with coffee and chocolate, loaded with nuts and has the goodness of bananas in it. Made without any butter, this yogurt banana bread is perfect for a morning or afternoon pick me up and a beautiful way to treat your mother this Mother’s day!
“food is love made edible”!
Thanks Ms.Child for this wonderful quote that truly sums up y obsession with food in such a succinct manner! The very reason why most of cook, apart from feeding and staying alive is coz its such a simple way to show how much you love. I dare say, not even diamonds are as priceless as a meal cooked just for you by your spouse, or your child. Remember your proposal? Ours wasnt very official..after having been together for six years it was understood we would marry and till date I can’t remember when and how he asked, or when I said yes. Maybe its just the innate romantic in me that finds this more lovely than a staged proposal! But if he had to propose, I would expect him to cook me a meal , splurge on some really good wine and set a table fit to sweep a princess off her feet!
As far as I am concerned( and I am sure you too), love isn’t limited to our spouse. It definitely includes our family and friends. Family, that drives us mad on holidays with their idiosyncrasies and knows all our wretched past,and friends with whom you have shared more than you ever thought possible! The bond between family and friends is sacred to me. And if there was ever a chance of me doing something to make them happy, I do it in a heart beat! And how can we forget mom? Mothers are the single thread that hold entire families together, mothers are what we wish to be most like (or may be not, either ways we do love them). So this Mother’s day I have decided to show just how utterly blessed I feel I am to have her as my mom by cooking up a delicious storm in the kitchen.
She is not the kinds who likes icing. Neither am I. I detest frosting or icing unless its reallly good and my standards are a little too high. So yes, you wont see me swooning after clouds of buttery frosting like a seven yr old or even eating one for that matter. But banana breads without any butter!?? Well..that’s definitely more me! And that is something I know my mom (and most of ours) would LOVE. What’s not to like in it?
- No butter – check.
- Made of yogurt – check.
- Has coffee in it -check.
- Has chocolate chunks – check.
- Has nuts – check!!
Does that read like a dream or what! If someone wrapped that in a pretty parchment paper, and tied it with a string that had some foraged flowers looped in it, and gifted me this with a favorite book of mine, that person would be instantly my favorite person in the whole wide world!
Often when I think of my childhood and my mother, I have a bazillion sweet thoughts floating around in my head, leaving a gentle smile on my face. Today, I wanted something easy and comfortable as a mother’s hug or her warm wide smile that lights up my entire world. I just wanted to make Mother’s day as easy for you guys as it is for me. Just like sitting in the balcony in the morning, with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a slice of this delicious, moist and fluffy bread in the other. Yup..that sounds like a good plan to me! These muffins are mocha in flavor rather than a knock out espresso, and the banana is not over powering at all. The chocolate chunks add a great contrast in texture and make the bread taste incredible when one bites into a molten piece of chocolate. But the nuts? So not optional guys! Load it up with nuts. I added salted peanuts and some almond flakes in the batter and all over the top, and it made the bread fabulous in every bite.
Overall, this was a great variation to my Banana Strawberry bread and Orange yogurt muffins that are currently ruling the roost at my home. We keep getting requests for them every 2 weeks from D’s friends and P himself.
So make these for you mom or anyone you love this Mother’s day and show them just how much you love and care for them. Its easy and takes barely 20 mins to whip up, then let the oven do all the hard work while you enjoy that cup of coffee with your mom and pinch yourself for being so lucky to have her!
PS: This recipe has been approved by my sister,brother and brother in law who enjoyed these in muffin form.
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup yogurt ( make sure you drain all liquid)
- 3 bananas mashed well
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup strong espresso, cooled
- ½ cup chocolate chunks
- Nuts (peanuts, pecans, flaked almonds, walnuts) , ½ cup
- Chocolate chips - 2 tbsp
- 1 banana, whole, slit length wise.
- Start by keeping everything measured and ready before you get started.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the egg, yogurt, oil, vanilla, both the sugar and mix well till thoroughly combined.
- In another bowl, sieve the flour, cocoa, cinnamon add the baking powder and salt and mix.
- Start adding the dry mix into the wet mix(egg yogurt mix) little by little till combined. Don't over mix. Add the bananas and espresso and fold gently to combine.
- Fold gently to combine.
- Spray a baking pan (9 *5 inch loaf) with oil and dust with flour. I use a baking paper too.
- Next, pour the batter into the pan. Add the chocolate chunks and half the nuts.
- Now take a skewer and swirl the dough.
- For the topping:
- Make the topping by tossing together brown sugar, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips in a small bowl, then sprinkle evenly on top of the batter.
- Place the slit banana on the top.
- Put the pan into a pre-heated oven. Bake at 180 C for 55-60 mins till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Take it out when done, and let it cool in the pan for 15 mins. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving.
- Dust with icing sugar (optional) and serve with your morning cuppa!
- Bon appetit.
Batter should be on the thicker side. If it's not, you may wish to add up to ¼ cup additional flour. All bananas vary in their moisture content and the consistency of batters will vary.
Make the coffee as strong as you like. This is just right with nothing being over powering.
Watch your bread in the last 10 mins and tent it with foil, if its starting to brown too quickly.