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Unlike some, I'm not sure I consider the banana to be incontrovertible proof of our universe's divine stewardship, but get a few drinks into me and I probably would entertain the thought. Considering it's a domesticated species carefully cultivated and interbred for its specific characteristics over centuries, I think the Big Guy needs to share a little credit, but the color-coded for freshness quality is certainly handy.
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Speaking of mysterious powers: chocolate hazelnut spread is absolutely delicious. If you haven't tried it, there should be a trip to the grocery in your near future. It's sort of like a candy bar and peanut butter had a baby, then force-fed it Frangelico until Child Protective Services asked them to have a seat over there. In the very best way.
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Chocolate hazelnut banana bread
Adapted from The Hungry Dudes
If my misadventures have taught me anything: if there isn't a sheet of parchment between your baked good and its pan, things can only end in tears. Similarly, I can't in good conscience bake a banana bread without giving it a crackly cinnamon-sugar crust. It's highly recommended. Finally, since I'm on a suggestion kick, if I wasn't making this as pantry-scavenging found art, I'd add a cup of chopped hazelnuts and a cup of chopped bittersweet chocolate bar to complete the effect.
2c whole wheat pastry flour
3/4c turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
1 tbs baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground cinnamon
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3c sour milk (add 1tbs white vinegar to 1/3c milk, or substitute sour cream or plain yogurt)
1c chocolate hazelnut spread (Nutella, Nocciolata, or similar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Additional sugar and cinnamon, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350° F, grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment, and grease the parchment, too.
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In a medium bowl, coarsely mash the bananas with a fork, then whisk in the milk, chocolate hazelnut spread, vanilla extract and eggs (adding one at a time).
Pour your banana mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. The batter will be fairly lumpy with chunks of mashed banana, which is entirely the idea.
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