Espresso Chip Banana Bread

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My new favorite way to make banana bread is with instant espresso powder. The subtle coffee flavor pairs nicely with the banana, nut, and chocolate chips. If you aren’t a fan of coffee, this is an easy ingredient to omit. Although, I’ve had a few taste testers with aversions to coffee find the bread delicious so it’s worth giving it a try!

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1-2 Tbls instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • one flax egg (1 Tbls flax with 3 Tbls water, let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken)
  • 1/3 c butter or coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c walnuts/pecans
  1. Mix the bananas, espresso, sugars, vanilla, flax egg and butter; set aside
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. After a few stirs, add in 1/2 c chocolate chips and 1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans
  3. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes. Let cool before removing from the loaf pan
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Double Mocha Cookies

I am a caffeine phene. I was in seventh heaven when I worked as a barista a few years back. It’s not uncommon for me to pop a few roasted beans in my mouth before heading out the door. I seriously enjoy coffee.

So it’s no surprise that this new recipe has perhaps become my most esteemed cookie. I’m calling it double mocha because, well, it reminds me of a double shot mocha. I would guess that one cookie is close to the equivalent of one cup of coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 c cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c freshly ground espresso beans
  • 1/4 c brewed coffee, plus 1/4 c cold water
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c canola oil
  • 1/2 c dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. First, combine all of the dry ingredients, then set aside
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients
  3. Add the wet into the dry

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4. Stir until everything is well mixed. Drop heaping tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets

5. Bake at 350F for about 12 minutes. Let cool then transfer to a cooling rack

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