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A Chocolate Affair:
Chocolate Banana Nut Bread

Tamika Felder of Tamika and Friends - an organization working to increase cervical cancer awarenessTamika Felder [1] of Tamika and Friends, Inc [2]. shares a guest post for FlavorDiva.com, which was inspired by her organization’s recent Chocolate & Crème fundraiser for their work on cervical cancer awareness. In addition to leading a nonprofit, working in public television, and being a great cook, Tamika recently started a blog [3]with two other cervical cancer survivors to document their quest to train for a triathlon next year.

As I sat there in traffic during my 1.5 hour commute from work, my mind began to drift to all of the work I needed to do in preparation for my non-profit organization’s (Tamika & Friends, Inc. [4]) Chocolate & Crème Affair, which was to be held in D.C. at Sonoma Restaurant and Bar [5]. This fundraiser for cervical cancer awareness featured chocolates and desserts from renowned chocolatiers and bakers in addition to a silent auction. Unfortunately during my drive, my thoughts never got passed the word chocolate!

Instead of thinking about the phone calls I had to make and emails I had to send, I started daydreaming about the cupcakes we would serve and the fondue fountain that would overflow with luscious, decadent white and milk chocolate throughout the evening. As I began salivating, reality kicked in and reminded me that I’m part of a cervical cancer survivor slim down challenge [3] and we are training for a triathlon next year, which meant I would have to pass up the chocolate for now!

After getting home, I still couldn’t shake the chocolate craving that kept creeping into my thoughts. I looked through my pantry and noticed the chocolate chips and walnuts. I saw the bananas sitting on the counter and thought hmmm, I should try the chocolate banana bread recipe I recently came across. Why bananas you might ask? Well in my mind, that helped to outweigh the chocolate and bread elements and make it healthy!

Even though I didn’t deny my chocolaty-baked-goods craving, I followed my indulgence with a walk around the block. Chocolate chip banana bread might not fully qualify as the most nutritious of foods, but it’s still a good treat in moderation, so enjoy. Just be sure to step it up in the gym or around the block afterwards!

Chocolate Banana Nut Bread
Here’s Tesia’s take on the recipe adapted from the AllRecipes.com [6] version by Tracie P.

1-1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 cup natural cane sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 over ripe bananas, well mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole plain yogurt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the butter, yogurt, vanilla, and eggs. Then mix in the mashed bananas. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture with a spatula until just combined. Next, fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.

Pour batter into floured loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of bread comes out clean. Allow bread to cool for at least 20 minutes before removing it from the pan, then let bread cool completely before serving.

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