Published on February 17th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Monkeying Around in the Kitchen Making Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
I love love love to bake. I love finding recipes and catering them to our family’s tastes. I love to try new dishes and rehab old recipes. Winter cold makes me want to go in the kitchen and make soft chewy breads, warm cookies and muffins. The act of baking is so satisfying to me. And I am a feeder. I love to feed people, for them to eat good food at my table and take that home with them, that is how I show my love and my caring towards others.
So, let’s bake. I’m one of those people who love to buy fresh produce, but due to issues, I often don’t eat the fruits I buy. And, occasionally the bananas turn too dark for the minions to eat them. Not a problem. Mash them and stick them in the freezer if you must, but keep that sweet banana to make some delicious chocolate chip Banana bread.
1 1/2 cup of canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 cups banana’s mashed- about 4 medium bananas
4 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
bag mini chocolate chips
This makes two BIG loaves of bread. Or, you can make 1 loaf and make muffins with the leftover batter (great for popping in a freezer Ziploc and microwaving for a bit for a warm muffin in the morning). I have two nice medium loaf pans, make sure to spray them with cooking spray to release. I also made a full 6 tray of large muffins.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Insert a toothpick to check done-ness. They look done on the outside, but will fall if pulled from the oven to early.
I added my oil, eggs and vanilla, then whisked them.
Then, I added my sugars.
Then I added the mashed bananas.
Then I slowly folded the flour, salt, and baking soda into the mixture. You’ll want to be a little careful with this batter, quick breads get tough if you mix them to death. Just mix until all the flour is incorporated.
Then I added about 2 cups of chocolate chips, reserving a about 1/4 of a cup for the top of the bread.
Fill your pans evenly -make sure you spray your pans well with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. They come out sweet and chocolate-y!
The hardest choice is butter or Nutella? The kids are sure to enjoy this as a great after school snack.