Remember when we posted about Campfire Peaches because we aren’t the biggest banana fans? Well, it would go without reason then that bananas blackening on the counter top would be a pretty common site, when one is not into bananas. But then that poses the question – why did I buy bananas in the first place… So with the weather cooling off and those dang bananas that I just couldn’t throw away, taunting me to do something with them, I had a brilliant idea! Oh, did I also mention I was sipping on whiskey at the time and nibbling on a piece of our Ecuador chocolate bar? Well, that’s when those bananas spoke to me and begged me to be a part of that delightful whiskey and chocolate combination… Who says you can’t add a little whiskey to your banana bread? Certainly not my bananas! Wait, does that make me bananas?! Hmmm – Maybe we best be on with this recipe:
BANANA BREAD FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE BANANAS
2 Cups Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick softened, unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 seeds from vanilla bean pod
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3 tablespoons whiskey
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (These can be left out, we won’t judge)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup roughly chopped Solstice Chocolate Ecuador bar
Preheat over to 350 degrees
With cooking spray, spray a 9×5 loaf pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt
With an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla beans until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrap down sides of the bowl.
Add eggs one at a time, scraping down side of the bowl after each addition. Add bananas and whiskey. Mix another 1-2 minutes.
Add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Add the pecans, coconut and chocolate and fold in on low speed.
Pour the mixture into your loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, our until inserted knife, in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Or if you are like us, slice immediately, top with warm melted butter and sip a whiskey on the side.