♥ Dark Chocolate Raspberry Banana Bread!

I baked an amazing banana bread for my book club. I can't wait to make this one again. 


2 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated white sugar

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)

1/3 cup plain low fat yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chunks 
1 cup halved raspberries, tossed in 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


 Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

2. In a separate large bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

3. Add the banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir in the flour mixture; just until moist. Don't over-mix. Stir in the chocolate chunks and then gently stir in the raspberries. If you want, you can sprinkle a few additional chocolate chunks and raspberries on the top to make it look pretty.

4. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.


♥ Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cream Pie!

My mini-house (studio apartment) is under "emergency renovations." So after all my walls were ripped apart I ended up with my pots and pans on my bed,  and the rest of my kitchen is on my couch. To get to my closet I have to climb under my kitchen table and squeeze between my dresser... you get the picture. 

So I'll call this pie, "I'm staying at my boyfriend house for free" pie. 

It's a crushed nilla waffer pie crust, layered with fresh bananas and smothered with chocolate and peanut butter. The pie is then topped with a vanilla cream and garnished with peanuts, chocolate curls and nilla waffers. 

I'm still here three weeks later, so I'll say the pie was a hit :)