Chocolate Orange Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chips

Long title, right? But let me tell you – this received quite a bit of wide-ranging praise when it was distributed. I had people actually asking for the recipe.

It all came about when I had an overripe banana, and Mikal bringing home oranges. Bananas were easy to find something to make with them – banana bread, banana bread, more banana bread, and I even found a recipe for bananadoodles – a banana-snickerdoodle. That’ll be in the works, you can bet your hat on that.

And oranges are pretty easy to think of stuff to make – my grandma’s orange rolls, orange scones, cookies, anything.

But trying to figure out something to blend bananas and oranges into a baked good – that was a little bit of a stumper. All I could really think about were smoothies. I mean, that would be awesome together. It’s just not something I can easily share with people at work.

So I turned to Pinterest. Most of what came up was what I had thought of: smoothies. They even sounded pretty awesome. But then I came across a few recipes that I will be trying in the coming weeks. The first is the one listed below. The image for the recipe showed a decadently dark bread with white chocolate chunks, so of course I had to try it. That being said, I’m really not a fan of the chocolate/orange mixture. I still have one of those chocolate oranges sitting in my desk at work from over a year ago for emergency chocolate. Of course, the whole chocolate+fruit thing is just weird to me. The only thing that gets around that are frozen chocolate-covered bananas – also known as Monkey Tails – which will always remind me of renaissance faires.

Mikal also shares my ambivalence regarding chocolate+orange, but even he really enjoyed this, so keep that in mind. I tried a couple of slices and they were definitely better than I had expected – but I didn’t quite love it. There’s a lot going on with the flavors.

This recipe makes any of the following: 1 large loaf, 2 small loaves, or 8 mini-loaves.

Chocolate Orange Banana Bread with White Chocolate Chips

from Rock Recipes

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 medium bananas, mashed
1 orange, zest + juice
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 lb white chocolate – chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 325°F, and prepare pan.

Beat sugar and oil in bowl until foamy. Add eggs, orange zest and mashed bananas. Mix well.

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Fold dry ingredients into the banana mixture alternately with the orange juice. Fold in white chocolate.

Pour batter into prepared baking pans and bake 45-60 minutes for the large loaf, 30-35mins for mini loaves. Loaves are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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