Tuesday, January 26, 2010

TWD - Coco-Nana Bread


In the land of Coco Puffs and Count Chocula we need no further encouragement to put chocolate on the breakfast table. When, day after day, you're trying to get a decent breakfast into your family, the occasional inclusion of chocolate is a given.

This week's recipe is Dorie Greespan's contribution to the chocolate-laden breakfast table. Even the name Coco-Nana Bread evokes something homey, hearty and warm.

The ample cocoa powder gives this loaf body and the mashed bananas make it moist. As well as chocolate chips, I added dehydrated banana chips. Those are the curls you can see in the slice.

Still, taste-wise, we thought the two flavours fought too much. Chocolate always wins. When you're offering something healthy for breakfast, can too much chocolate ever be a problem? You'll have to make this one yourself and decide.

Thanks to Steph (Go Toronto!) who chose this recipe. Please check out her blog Obsessed With Baking to get the recipe.

23 comments:

  1. The chocolate definitely won over this one. I LOVE banana everything, but in this case, I'd rather have banana bread (muffins) with some chocolate in it! This seemed just a bit dry.

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  2. the chocolate did win out on this one. I'm okay with chocolate for breakfast!

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  3. Count Chocula brings back memories. I remember how it turned the milk a muddy brown color with all those chocolate marshmallows. Somehow, as a kid, I managed to look right past the weird color and inhale that cereal.

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  4. your looks great!! And I'll bet it tasted better than count chocula!! (not that there is ANYTHING wrong with count chocula!) I'm glad everyone enjoyed it!

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  5. Im glad you enjoyed this recipe...yep Im thinking the chocolate ruled on this one! I would so eat this for breakfast too!

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  6. We liked it here, too. Love that plate, is that a party just by itself or what??? Yours looks great, as usual.

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  7. I will always choose chocolate over bananas, so I thought it was excellent!

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  8. I couldn't get past the fact that it had cooked banana in it and I just don't care for banana in baked goods. Yours looks great on that pretty plate!(Hey, I'm a poet and I don't know it! :D)

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  9. Chocolate for breakfast. YIPPEE!

    Your loaf looks great!

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  10. Oh, Count Chocoula! How I try not to look at him in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. :) We liked this one and yours looks very good.

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  11. I loved this too. I think I'll hide it from my family and serve it for breakfast tomorrow.

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  12. Your bread looks good, even if it wasn't a favourite in your house. Like the amping up of banana with banana chips.

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  13. Adding the banana chips was a good idea. Your bread look delicious.
    Mimi

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  14. Have you ever seen those commercials about Nutella as a healthy breakfast food? I guess they don't count 200 calories and 10 grams of fat per TABLESPOON unhealthy. I think your bread looks gorgeous!

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  15. I agree about the chocolate and banana fighting each other. Not my favorite combination. But I would love to try yours with the banana chips.

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  16. Banana chips are a great idea! I don't often eat chocolate for breakfast, but I'm not against it!

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  17. I agree - the chocolate totally dominated this one. I made muffins and liked them but not something I'm rushing to make again even though it did allow me to eat chocolate for breakfast. Your bread looks wonderful!

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  18. LOoks great. The texture came out great. Wish mine had come out as well.

    Ah, well.... can't win them all.

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  19. I'm glad the choco came out on top! A little bit of banana is good, but then why not just make banana bread? Dehydrated... hm.. never thought of that! That slice looks fantastic!

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  20. Nice photo, it really captures the beautiful cocoa color. This one was nice to try, but not really a keeper.

    I saw your comment about my rating system: it's really not very scientific and usually depends on my mood. I have also gotten a little more lax on the evaluations.

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  21. You're so right... chocolate goes in without problem, in the morning... as for the rest, hum?
    This was indeed a good one to serve; you're loaf looks superb and super moist with all that melting chocolate!

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  22. I love how you put it, the coca did give the bread a lot of body. I totally agree, you can never go wrong with chocolate. Thanks for baking along with me! By the way, what kind of cocoa do you use? I find the only kind I can find is either No name or Fry's

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  23. Not one of our favorites. Ah well. Neither flavor stood out for me.

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