Banana bread is a great way to use up overripe bananas, in fact, the darker the skins, the better! This recipe adds Fairtrade Brazil nuts for a delicious nutty crunch and Divine’s 70% Dark Chocolate for nuggets of chocolate pleasure.
Ingredients 
Ingredients:
  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g 70% Divine chocolate, broken into pieces and roughly chopped
  • 60g Fairtrade Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 125g unsalted butter, very soft, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 150g Fairtrade caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100ml buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 4 medium overripe Fairtrade bananas, mashed almost to a puree

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4 and grease a 2lb loaf tin with a little butter.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate and brazil nuts and briefly mix together until evenly distributed and coated in flour.

3. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with a hand whisk or food mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the buttermilk, vanilla and almond extracts and finally the mashed bananas.

4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Using a large spoon, mix everything together until just combined.

5. Pour the mixture into the greased loaf tin and cook in the preheated oven for 60-70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

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