Friday, May 13, 2011

Chocolate Banana Mini Loaves

Tackle the next bake sale (or dessert) with this easy, sweet recipe. Start with a banana bread mix, and then dress it up with cocoa, chocolate chips and banana chips.

Chocolate Banana Mini Loaves
Makes 2 mini loaves

Cooking spray
¾ cup banana chips
1 17.1-ounce package banana-nut muffin mix
¾ up chocolate milk
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
½ to 1 teaspoon banana extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 6-by-3-inch miniature loaf pans with cooking spray; set aside.

Place the banana chips in a large zip-top plastic bag. Press out the air and seal. Using a rolling pin, roll over the chips until crushed.

Whisk the muffin mix and cocoa in a large bowl. Add the chocolate milk, oil and eggs, stirring until smooth. Stir in the crushed banana chips and chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly between the pans.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans on a rack for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: Mix the confectioners' sugar, heavy cream and banana extract in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the loaves and let cool completely.

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