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Spiced Banana Bread with Cocoa Nibs

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75 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 1 hour | Servings: 8-10


  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan, set aside.
2. Cream butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, buttermilk, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves; mix to combine. Stir in nibs, and pour into prepared pan.
4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.


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