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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

When I start looking for recipes to bake, I try and keep in mind what my Princess’ favourite treats are. These include cupcake frosting (just the frosting), mini cupcakes, lemon loaf, ginger-molasses cookies, small chocolate chip cookies, and this undeniably delicious chocolate-chip banana bread. She enjoys it without chocolate too, but I like the addition of chocolate in anything and this time I added semi-sweet chocolate chips to the mix.

There are so many different versions of banana bread that you should definitely check out: Smitten Kitchen’s Jacked-Up Bread, Simply Recipe’s Bread, The Hungry Housewife’s Ultimate Bread, or even Not Quite Nigella’s Banana Bread Round-Up with 79 recipes. It makes my head spin… is yours spinning yet? I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart Living and never looked back – it’s easy to make and always comes out perfectly!

Preheat the oven to 177°C / 350°F and prepare your loaf pan. This recipe calls for 1 9″ x 5″ loaf pan, but you can split it up into smaller loaf pans or even a muffin tin – just account for the baking time. I simply spray my loaf pan with baking spray, you can use parchment paper, butter – whatever you like!

I like to get the dry ingredients out of the way first so in goes the flour, baking soda and salt and mix it all together!

Meanwhile, mush the bananas – or better yet, get someone else to do it! Princess took on this role and made sure to over-dramatically announce the hard work that went into it. Yes dear, it’s hard!

In a larger bowl place the room temperature butter and sugar, and mix it until it’s nice, light and fluffy. I used a hand mixer, but this recipe can be done all by hand as well!

Add the two eggs and mix some more!

Now dump the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar-egg mixture and stir just until combined. You definitely do not want to over-mix any kind of batter: this leads to a drier, tougher cake. Always mix until everything has just been mixed together.

Now, add the mushed-up bananas, sour cream and vanilla extract – and mix, mix, mix until combined again!

BEFORE adding the chocolate chips, mix a tablespoon or so of flour with them. This makes sure that the chocolate chips don’t sink in your bread, so that they’re evenly scattered throughout! Stir them into the batter. Instead of doing this, many recipes add the chocolate chips once the batter is already in the pan.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, evening out the top and bake in the oven for about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes – until your tester comes out somewhat clean (chocolate will obviously be melted to it!). Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Stare at it. Smell it. Crave it.

Then turn it upside down and marvel at the goodness that just popped out of your pan. And try to turn it over. It’s heavy. I was worried that I was going to break it. Now let it cool some more.

I like to stare at my baked goods. Build up any cravings I might have inside. Marvel at what I just created.

And then eat! Bon appetit!

This ‘bread’ is so dense, delicious and moist! Best eaten in thick slices! The semi-sweet chocolate adds the perfect hint of sweetness and slathering it with salted butter while it’s still warm – it’s heaven! I ended up making two of these loaves and freezing one to save it for another rainy day. It’s so simple to make and totally worth the effort – and the perfect thing to do with old bananas! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living
1 9″x5″ loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (about 4) mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method

1 Preheat oven to 177°C / 350°F. Prepare loaf pan.

2 In a bowl mix the flour, baking soda and salt with a whisk.

3 In a seperate and larger bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until combined.

4 Add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Add bananas, sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Toss

5 Add a tablespoon of flour to the cup of chocolate chips and mix. Add to batter.

6 Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes; or until cake tester comes out clean. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto rack to cool.

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  • KileeJohnson
    What a great tip about adding the chocolate chips in with the flour coating. I would have never thought of that! Your blog is so cute! I just found it and will be back for more. Have a great night!
  • I can't take credit for this tip - I read it somewhere ages ago, but I can't remember where! But it works like a charm! Thanks for stopping by :)
  • This bread looks delicious! And would go so perfectly with my tea this morning. I am the mood for a sweet treat. Thanks for the idea! I hope your week is going well. =)
  • It's VERY filling and would definitely hold you through to lunch!
  • thefunkykitchen
    Doesn't that just look like a slice of heaven?

    I used to have issues with bananas in baking, but there are certain things that they make so luscious. Great recipe!
  • Me too! I used to hate the smell of bananas in baked goods, I made a few banana cupcakes and found them kinda gross. This is absolutely delicious!
  • This recipe literally gave me shivers- I think I need that. Now. lol
  • It is so so so good, you will definitely love it!
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