Chocolate Cacao Nib Banana Bread
Yields 1 loaf
4 medium to large ripe bananas, divided
1/2 cup (113 grams) butter
3/4 cup (150 grams) brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (60 grams) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (45 grams) cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (118 ml) milk
1/2 cup (60 grams) cacao nibs, plus extra for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, mash 3 of the bananas until relatively smooth (small chunks are okay). Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Beat in the vanilla extract and mashed bananas until fully incorporated. Mix in the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk and cacao nibs.
Transfer batter to the prepared loaf pan. Take the remaining banana and evenly split it in half lengthwise, pressing it into the top of the batter. Sprinkle additional cacao nibs on top, if desired. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.