In my post for Soft Peanut Butter & Banana Caramel Oat Cookies, I spend a good 3 para’s or so justifying why peanut butter and banana and chocolate etc etc are the BEST. INGREDIENTS. EVER. That explanation pretty much justifies this loaf cake too, so I won’t go all emotional about peanut butter on you again.
Except… with alllllll of that said… This cake doesn’t even actually involve peanut butter… *gasp*. I mean, it was supposed to… but then I realized that if I put peanut butter into it, then one of my brothers (the peanut-phobic and therefore uncool one) – wouldn’t be able to enjoy any, so the rest of us had to enjoy it while lusting over what could have been. Even so it still tasted fully aaaah-mazing. It’s the healthy type of loaf cake that you totally can let yourself eat for breakfast, but only two bites in you start to question whether or not you’ve served yourself a slice of the wrong cake. Why? Bc it tastes wickedly indulgent. The banana part is moist and fluffy with a pretty damn decent crumb, while the chocolate fudge layer tastes too stupidly rich to be anything that really isn’t a block of pure butter-fudge…
Now I don’t count calories, but one slice of this involves waaaay less everything than a slice of the full blown bake. You just would never realize it – it’s that good. Sure, there’s a generous amount of dark chocolate inside it, but c’mon… that stuff truly is good for the heart. There is enough apple [sauce] in there to keep the doctor away for a good while. So there – don’t let anything stop you spreading extra nut/choc hazlenut butter over it at breakfast, also 😉
ps. MAKE IT.
Marbled banana bread:
- 2 C Flour
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 T Powder
- 2/3 C sugar
- 2 medium bananas
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ C Vegetable oil
- ½ C Apple sauce
- 1 tbsp Greek yog
- 1 T Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
- Splash of milk
- 1.5 T Cocoa powder
- 100g Dark chocolate, melted.
To make the banana bread:
- Combine dry mix in a large bowl
- Combine everything from the wet mix in a separate bowl – except the milk + eggs.
- Combine dry + wet ingredients together. When folded together add the eggs one at a time.
- Add the splash of milk, you want to keep your batter thick but add enough milk to bind everything together so that it may be poured into the loaf tin. Use your eye for this, you may need more/less.
- Remove 1 C of the banana bread mix and set aside – you will need this for the marble.
- Tip the banana bread mixture into a prepared loaf pan, and then get started on the marble layer.
To make the marble:
- Remove 1C of the cake mix and add 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 x 100g of melted dark chocolate. Stir and combine.
- Drizzle the marble gently over the banana bread mixture in the loaf tin – swirling with a fork to combine like marbling.
- Bake the loaf cake for 30-35 minutes at 175 degrees/until the centre has set. Cool in oven for appx 10 minutes before removing to cool.