Rhubarb Mocha Banana Bread

bread
I sat here for a few minutes trying to think of a title for this bread.  I am not satisfied in this name, but as they say today… “I’ve got nothing.”  Or is it “nuttin’?”  Either way, this bread is packed full of ingredients and really wasn’t too difficult to make.  The key ingredients that you will find important are:

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Mocha Powder (Sweet)
  • Rhubarb
  • Bananas
cuttin rhubarb
My daughter helping chop!

Of course there are many other items involved in the bread… 🙂

smashing bananas
Ella smashing bananas!

Don’t you love the name “rhubarb?”  It has a funny ring to it, lovely in color and has a unique taste.  My husband likes to rename oddly spelled food items.  This is one of them; said “r-hoo-barb.”  Just like herbs.  “H-erbs” with the “h” pronounced.  I hope we’re not the only oddballs out there that do this.  What names do you reprounounce into a crazy fashion?  Forget it with wines, that’s an easy target alone.

dredging chocolate
Hannah dredging chocolate chips

So, how did it taste? Incredible!  I am chowing on a bite as I type… It has a perfect balance of chocolate, banana and then this little punch of flavor throughout with the rhubarb.  In fact, I’m now a bigger fan of this more than traditional chocolate banana bread!  Guess I know what I’m eating for lunch. 🙂

Rhubarb Mocha Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp. of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (or imitation)
  • 1/4 cup of 2% (or less) milk
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 4 small stalks of ripe rhubarb
  • 1 3/4 cup of King Arthur Whole Wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of Starbucks’ Mocha Powder
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ground sea salt (a few twists of freshly cracked)
  • 1/4 cup of chopped dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Grease bread pan.  In large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time until smooth.  Add in the vanilla, milk and bananas and mix together.  Set aside.  Take rhubarb and chop into small bits.  Place rhubarb in a fry pan and sprinkle a little sugar on top. Over medium heat, stirring periodically, heat up the rhubarb and sugar and until softened and a light pink color.  Remove from heat and let cool.  In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. (flour, mocha powder, baking powder and salt)  Going back to the rhubarb, mix the warm mix into the banana mixture.  Slowly stir in the dry mix into the wet ingredients and beat until well blended.  Do not mix too much, as you don’t want to puree the bananas.  In a little bowl, dredge the chocolate chip bits in flour and then stir into the chocolate batter.  Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour to an hour and 10 minutes.

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6 thoughts on “Rhubarb Mocha Banana Bread

  1. Very nice two of the most popular things out ,coffee and bananas.A great combination in a cake .Refreshing and it will hit the taste buds.You can do so many types of cake using just one of the products.Coffee cake now is very popular in coffee bars , it’s like the old Madera cake that used to be around .
    Kind Regards
    David Head

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