This recipe started as bread, morphed into rolls and has the potential to serve as the foundation for a plethora of baked treats. Like the Double Chocolate Cherry Bread in my last post, these can be dressed up to deliver a chocolate fix just when you need it. Alternatively, you can make bread instead—a subtly sweet loaf perfect for serving sliced, lightly toasted and buttered.
Also, if you have a favorite recipe for morning cinnamon rolls or monkey bread, try replacing the dough with this to create a delightful variation. Not only do the cocoa and banana “play well” with cinnamon, but the fine crumb and smooth texture of this dough are ideal for such a dish.
No matter how you slice it (or stuff it), bananas and cocoa are a wonderful flavor combination, and they provide several health benefits as well. Whole wheat flour and walnuts (see variations) also boost the nutritional offerings of this recipe, making it a great way to start your day.
Chocolate Banana Rolls
This recipe is adapted from The Bread Machine Cookbook III by Donna Rathmell German.
Makes 12 rolls, one large loaf, or a ring of monkey bread (see variations below)
3 well-ripened medium bananas
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons rapid or instant yeast
- Add all ingredients to bread machine in the manufacturer’s recommended order.
- Run the dough cycle and remove dough upon completion.
- Cover a large baking pan with a Silpat mat or a light coat of cooking spray.
- With lightly oiled hands, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape into balls and place on prepared pan.
- Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free location for 30-45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until tops are golden and rolls sound hollow when tapped.
- Remove pan, then rolls, to a wire rack to cool.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Loaf: for bread instead of rolls, select the white, sweet or fruit and nut cycle for a large loaf in step 1 and let the machine do all of the work. Add 1/4 cup crushed walnuts and/or 1/4 cup chocolate chips at beep, if desired.
Stuffed rolls: after dividing the dough into equal pieces in the first part of step 4, enclose 1 tablespoon crushed walnuts and/or chocolate chips in the center of each, seal and place on pan.
Monkey bread or cinnamon rolls: follow the directions in steps 1-2 and then use the dough to make your favorite monkey bread or cinnamon rolls.
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