Monday, May 17, 2010
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Loaf
This is good. Very good. Second, perhaps, to Emeril's Banana bread! Plus this has the added bonus of oats and instead of a stick of butter this one has a half a cup of yogurt! Chocolate chips (semi sweet) provide anti-oxidants. It's a win-win situation everyone! Or at least I can pretend it is!
Normally I would never consider giving this to my kids for breakfast. I think chocolate chip pancakes are kind of ridiculous. Breakfast is supposed to be a healthy meal and chocolate chips in pancakes that are sure to be smothered in syrup is not a good breakfast. Rebecca, of course, will beg to differ. She can have her chocolate pancakes and eat them too... at someone else's house!
And once again I digress. I was all about to make them eat a bowl of cereal but the banana loaf was staring at me from it's lovely, shiny aluminum pan... it was calling to me. It had to be tried. And I was just the person to to try it. So I sliced it. Lovely. Dense and thick and rich, and oh the semi sweet chocolate morsels danced around on my taste buds this morning. They mingled with the banana and the oats. The flavor was a perfect accompaniment to my morning cappuccino. I could have downed the entire loaf right then and there. But I stopped at a half a slice. See, I do have willpower!
And then a little person resembling myself came down. I really couldn't say no. So I decided to indulged them all. To make me feel better as a mother this was the only sweet of the day. Afternoon snacks were popcorn and whole wheat pretzels. I'm pretty sure the kids all thought it worth it. (We don't really do dessert at dinner.)
3/4 (slightly less) cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup yogurt
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups of unbleached flour
1 cup of oats (not instant or fast cooking)
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
Mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla, yogurt and canola oil. Add mashed bananas and mix well. Add baking powder, flour, oats and chocolate chips and mix until well blended.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan with Pam or butter. Pour batter in to pan and bake for 1 hour.
Let cool about 20 minutes before removing from pan and slicing.