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Almond-Studded Chocolate Loaf

 Almond-Studded Chocolate Loaf
With rich chocolate flavor and a nutty topping, slices of this luscious loaf could be served as a dessert or sweet snack. I've also been known to give it as a gift.—Lisa Varner, Charleston, South Carolina
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chopped almonds, divided
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa,
  • baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a small bowl, whisk egg,
  • milk, brown sugar, oil and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just
  • until moistened. Fold in 1 cup almonds and 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Spoon into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining
  • almonds and chips. Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
  • in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan
  • to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 252 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.