About this recipe:Got some older bananas that need using up but want a change from the usual? This really really yummy recipe is one I modified from a plain banana cake and it is now so popular it gets requested all the time. Best of all it can be done with ease in a food processor, so it's also really fast to make for a picnic or sudden guests! Also kids love it, it's got chocolate in it! Doesn't need icing or buttering, is plenty good on its own.
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
150g of caster sugar
3 large ripe bananas
8 tablespoons cocoa powder
60g ground roast hazelnuts
175g of plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
2 tablespoons of milk
*Optional - good quality dark chocolate cut into little chunks or choc chips
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr10min
Preheat oven to about 160-170 C (Gas 3 to 4) and double line a big loaf tin or cake tin.
In the food processor mix the butter, sugar and egg until smooth. Add the bananas (break them into chunks first if needed) and whiz up again until smooth. Add the cocoa and hazelnuts ground (don't add whole nuts without blending first).
Give it a quick mix then sift the baking powder and bicarb into the flour and add that, then the milk and whiz it up until combined.
If you are adding choc chips (if you use the 70% cocoa choc this is really fab) then add them after you remove the batter from the processor. Stir that in last by hand.
Pour the batter into the tin. If you want, poke some whole hazelnuts into it, or as pictured above I've poked choc bits in because I got lazy!
Bake for about an hour or so, until a skewer comes out clean.
Serve either cold sliced or hot with ice cream!! Served warm is great because the chocolate stays soft for a while!
I made this last night, it was super easy and I loved it. I didn't add any nuts, and it is still gorgeous. It is just as nice hot as cold, I had it hot last night with ice cream, and today I had it cold with a cup of coffee. Both ways yummy. This is the first cake I ever made and I will certainly be using it again. Really easy, thanks so much - 23 Apr 2010