Chocolate Banana Bread

I bought a tub of cocoa powder for the Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake I made previously, but just used around 4 tablespoons of it. I was thinking of trying other recipes to make use of the cocoa powder, something not overly sweet and can be eaten for breakfast and tadaaa... Chocolate Banana Bread it is!

If you're bored at home and have nothing to do, please please make this one! This turned out really moist with just the right amount of sweetness. I didn't add chocolate chips on top because I'm saving them for my brown butter chocolate chip cookies :)

Recipe from:

1 and 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter
2 overripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1. Grease and line your 9 x 5 inch baking tin with baking or parchment paper. Preheat oven to 180 C (360 F). In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder. Add sugars, and cinnamon and gently stir.

2. In the microwave, heat the butter in a large heatproof bowl until just melted, stirring in between 10 second bursts. Remove the butter and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, mash your bananas well using a fork.

3. Next, add your vanilla, eggs and milk to your cooled butter and whisk gently until combined. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients, add wet ingredients and mashed banana. Very gently fold the mixture using a spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture is just combined – be careful not to over mix.

4. Add 1/4 cup of chocolate chips to the batter. Pour mixture into prepared tin and sprinkle 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top.

5. Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Taipei Series: English-speaking Dentist

Hello! It's mid-autumn festival today. People are out grilling and eating mooncakes. I plan to just stay home and do nothing... or maybe do something hehe... so here I am resurrecting my Taipei Series with a new post, this time for expats' dental needs.

I discovered this dental clinic when I was still working at The Post. Their old clinic (they moved to a new location) is around the corner of our office's building so I thought it was the most convenient one. However, I didn't know if any of the doctors can speak English. My Chinese at the time was not that bad, but it would put me at ease if I can communicate to my dentist in a language that I'm most familiar with.

I still remember walking in for an oral prophylaxis and asking the receptionist if they have a dentist who speaks English. I was told that it was my lucky day because Dr. Zhan, their dentist who studied in New Zealand, was in the clinic.

I've been seeing 詹業勤醫師 Dr. William Zhan (I just recently learned of his English name!) since 2011. He is very nice and explains in detail what he needs to do, or what your "teeth situation" is. If a tooth needs to be filled, he orders a dental X-ray and shows you the results on screen.  I'm not sure if that's the standard practice, but I've been to two other dentists here in Taipei back when I was still a student, somewhere in Muzha area, but I don't remember having X-rays and such detailed consultations with them.

Dr. Zhan holds his clinic at 京站全人牙醫診所 Q-Holistic Dental Clinic.
Address: 台北市華陰街59號2樓/ 2nd Flr., No. 59 Hua Yin St., Taipei City
Nearest MRT Station: Taipei Main Station, Q Square Exit
Contact No.: 02-2552-5652

If you can read and write Chinese, or have a friend who can help, you may book an appointment online on the below website, just be sure to select Dr. Zhan's name on the drop-down list. You will receive a call from them to confirm your appointment.

Hope this helps!

Photo Credit:

Ten Years in Taiwan

Has it been 10 long years since the day I pushed my suitcases under the scorching heat of the summer sun, sweating and panting until I reach Zhuang Jing Dorm Number 9? Ahhh those days. I'm thankful for this journey, for my God who sustains me, and for the people who continue to help me make it through.