Tuesdays with Dorie: Cocoa-Nana Bread (or Muffins)

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From the beginning of time, mankind has been faced with a not terribly serious but oft repeated dilemna in the kitchen. What does one do with overripe bananas? I know, I know….banana bread. But I bet even Eve  tired of that same old tune.
Personally, I prefer making Banana Whole Wheat Yeast Bread or frozen banana smoothies. I “Blenderize” frozen bananas,  homemade Greek yogurt,  crushed ice and milk.  Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of crushed graham crackers — Sonic Drive-In style. It’s kinda like banana cream pie in a glass.

Dorie also has a different idea for ripe bananas.  Cocoa-Nana Bread. Chocolate + bananas.  I made muffins instead of a loaf because they are easier to eat, especially at work where many of my sweets meet their demise.

The streusel topping is not part of the original recipe. I wanted some contrast in texture and something to dull the shine a camera often picks up with chocolate. It was a marvelous addition.

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Chocolate Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup crushed chocolate teddie grahams or graham crackers
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Combine all three ingredients by rubbing together with your fingers. Sprinkle over the top of muffins or bread just before placing batter into the oven.

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A shoutout to my dad:  These muffins are wonderful smushed up in a mug filled with cold milk just like you used to do at home.  As a little girl, I couldn’t understand this peculiar practice but these muffins are so over-the-top chocolaty that it works.

You can find the recipe by visiting Steph at Obsessed with Baking.

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Ann February 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

These look great! I am not a very good “baker” so I am not sure if I’ll attempt these or not…


Madam Chow January 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I nixed the banana, and this was a big hit at my house! Your little muffins look fabulous.


Ashley January 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

Your muffins look wonderful. The streusel topping sounds like a nice addition. I’ll have to try your dad’s muffin & milk technique…sounds yummy!


Margaret January 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I like the idea of the steussel topping. Glad you liked them. Also LOVE those pink cups.


pamela January 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Whoa…that streusel look AH-mazing!!


Nina January 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Paula! Hello stranger! Love the new look of your blog! Beautiful. I have a ton of TWD catching up to do! Happy new year–hope all is well and thanks for your sweet note a while back. 🙂


Teanna January 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

Oh! Chocolate teddy grahams! What a great idea! Those muffins look delicious but I am loving the sound of that banana smoothie with graham crackers and whipped cream! Yum!


Gina January 27, 2010 at 8:39 am

These look interesting. I feel like your own recipes always sound more appealing than Dorie’s – but your pictures are great! I like the muffin cups. I got the exact same set at World Market for a friend’s birthday. I thought I recognized them!


Margot January 27, 2010 at 12:55 am

Those photos are amazing, they really look professional. I used to pour milk on baked goods when I was little (now I don’t really drink milk), it would be delicious with this bread.


mike January 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

Um….. so, are you trying to show everyone up? Isn’t a plain old loaf pan good enough for you? And streusel? Come on…. play fair. 🙂 Wow, these are “I used to work for a food magazine as a stylist” photos… truly beautiful!!! I’m so impressed with how nice you make everything look, and your attention to the smallest of details. Now, what are you able to do with squid?


Jill January 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Lovely photos, as always! And I love the muffin cups – I need to get some of those. I skipped this one, and while it looks good, I’m going to bookmark your banana yeast bread recipe, because that looks wonderful!


Amber Marie January 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Muffins are much easier to deal with! The topping looks good, and it definitely made your pics nice. Mine are very shiny!


mimi January 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Your muffins look so cute in those pink skins. The topping was a nice touch. Great photos!


Susan January 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

What beautiful photos!! Your muffins look so yummy! And, the picture of the banana? That is as ripe as I let them get before eating them. In baked goods…not for me. I tried this one, but still feel the same. 🙂


Michelle January 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Double yum! I love the topping….great idea! I added a few goodies to my bread too!


Katrina January 26, 2010 at 11:37 am

I made muffins, too! Brilliant, I tell ya. 😉 LOVE your pink cups. AND REALLY love the streusel idea, especially with the teddy grahams! These were a little dry to me, so the milk idea, not a bad idea. My friend and her family used to always take a beautiful piece of chocolate cake, then drown it in milk. Still not too sure about that sog, but maybe the boys will finish off these muffins if I suggest/try that. Now I’ve got to try your yeast banana bread, because I love all things banana, but these were not my favorite thing to do with nanas either!
They, I made the espinaca for dinner last night, although, since I can’t follow a recipe exactly, I didn’t. But close and this was de-lish. I added some tomatoes and black beans, I think that was about all I did different, oh and some cilantro. It was really good. My 8 yo even just liked picking out all the spinach and eating it! Can’t wait to eat more for lunch today! Thanks.


Romaine January 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Glad to know I’m not the only one who can’t follow a recipe exactly–especially savory food.


Jules January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

These muffins are adorable! This wasn’t a favorite at my house.


Mary Ann January 26, 2010 at 10:52 am

I absolutely love your topping idea; it really does add something special to your photos.
Your muffins turned out beautifully!


tia January 26, 2010 at 10:47 am

they are so cute! i love your cupcake liners


Kayte January 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

Always love to see what others come up with. The whole muffin idea is great, going with that the next time to make these more portable for the teen guys. Also the idea of a topping with streusel is something that would be a big hit here…thanks for sharing your ideas. Your muffins look wonderful!


Valerina January 26, 2010 at 8:53 am

That streusel topping sounds delicious enough to eat on it’s own, I can’t imagine how much it must have enhanced that already wonderful bread! The muffins are adorable. 🙂


Clivia January 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

I’d like to know where those awesome cupcake cups are from. Great idea adding the streusel topping!


Romaine January 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The silicone molds came from World Market.


ldh January 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

These sweet little cupcakes could not be cuter or more appetizing! The crumb topping was brilliant! It really added to the appearance as well as another dimension in each bite.

A joy visiting with you!


MaryMoh January 26, 2010 at 3:03 am

Looks very delicious. I love banana cake but have not tried it with cocoa added. I have to try this. Love the crunchy topping.


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