Tasty Tuesday: When Monkeys and Aztecs Meet in the Kitchen...

We recently studied in history about the Aztecs, and an interesting tidbit we learned was that the Aztecs discovered how to make chocolate. Well, instantly the Aztecs became the coolest civilization of all time to Chipette (she does love her chocolate), and let's face it, mom loves her chocolate too.  Of course we all know what a monkey's favorite food is (including my Monkey's)...bananas.

So what would happen if monkeys and the Aztec civilization had to come up with a recipie? You would get Chocolate Banana Bread! When I first saw this recipe, I was a little skeptical.  I LOVE banana bread and I LOVE chocolate, but together...not so sure about that.

Here's what you need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (never optional when offered as a choice in any dish!)
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

Once everything is mixed, stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. I didn't add pecans in mine because hubby doesn't like nuts in his food. If I had known how fast the tree dwellers would eat it up, I would have put nuts in it because hubby wound up not even getting any!

Pour batter into a loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour.

Then enjoy!!!

You can turn any banana bread recipe into chocolate banana bread by just adding in that 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.  So if Great Aunt Gertrude has the most amazing banana bread recipe, then use it!!! Just add in the chocolate chips for a special treat and I'm sure Great Aunt Gertrude wouldn't mind :)

So how did my Monkey like pairing his favorite fruit with Aztec cuisine....

He loved it!!!
Can you tell he just woke up from his nap?

Enjoyed cooking with you all today! And if Great Aunt Gertrude wouldn't mind, feel free to share your favorite banana bread recipe in the comments.

Clothes feeling a little tighter in the treehouse today,


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