Saturday, May 2, 2009

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate-Banana Bread

Bake banana bread with a whole-grain Cheerios® cereal boost and a chocolate twist. From eatbetteramerica.
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:3 hr 45 min
makes:1 loaf (16 slices)

2cups Banana Nut Cheerios® cereal
3/4cup sugar
1/4cup canola or vegetable oil
3/4cup buttermilk
2teaspoons vanilla
1cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium)
2cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1teaspoon baking soda
1/4teaspoon salt
1/3cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1/2cup Banana Nut Cheerios® cereal
1.Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Place 2 cups cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag or between sheets of waxed paper; crush with rolling pin to make 3/4 cup. Set aside.
2.In large bowl, beat sugar and oil with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed. Beat in buttermilk, vanilla and egg just until blended; beat in bananas. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until well mixed. Stir in 3/4 cup crushed cereal and chocolate chips. Spoon into pan; spread evenly.
3.Place 1/2 cup cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag or between sheets of waxed paper; coarsely crush with rolling pin. Sprinkle over batter in pan; press lightly.
4.Bake 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

Nutritional Information 1 Slice: Calories 200 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 6g (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 170mg; Total Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 15g); Protein 3g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 4%; Calcium 4%; Iron 10% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2 MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils, 1 oz-equivalents Grains
*% Daily Values are based on 2000 calorie diet.

NOTE: Mini chips are used because regular chips will sink to the bottom.

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