Chocolate Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

I tried the recipe from this blog. I didn’t have time that day for frosting, maybe next time. 🙂 But I like the cake, it was moist and tasty.

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Chocolate Banana Nut Bread Mini Loaves

My second try on banana bread I decided to try something different- with chocolates! Chocolates goes well with bananas and nuts 🙂 I used this recipe with yogurt to see if there was a difference with the moisture of the bread and I did find it to be more moist that using baking powder/soda combo.

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Ingredients

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 Cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large bananas)
2 eggs
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack to middle position. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) the bottom and sides of a 4 mini loaf pans.

Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool.

In a large bowl, mash bananas, add eggs, vanilla, melted butter, and yogurt.

In another large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients.

Fold the dry into the wet ingredients, and mix well (but dont over beat).

Fold in most of the walnuts, and chocolate chips. Sprinkle on the top for decoration.

Banana Bread

 

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I decided to make a banana bread from the ripe bananas that we had at home. Normally, I wouldn’t eat bananas that are ripe (any bananas with dark spots), but I love putting the banana into a bread. I found this recipe from joyofbaking.com.

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled

3 ripe large bananas, mashed well (about 1-1/2 cups)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place oven rack to middle position. Butter and flour (or spray with a non stick vegetable/flour spray) the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Set aside.
Place the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool and then chop coarsely.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.

 

In a medium-sized bowl combine the mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, lightly fold the wet ingredients (banana mixture) into the dry ingredients just until combined and the batter is thick and chunky. (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread.) Scrape batter into prepared pan and place the slices of banana on top of the batter for garnish. Bake until bread is golden brown and a toothpick

inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool and then remove the bread from the pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen.

Makes 1 – 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf.