Mmm...Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What I am about to tell you is a very sad truth...some of you may have to sit down before reading what is to come...

I must admit, that up to this point....I have never made banana bread in my life. I categorized "banana bread" with having to knead dough, and give the dough time to rise, and blah blah work work...NO THANK YOU!!!

But, having a little time on my hands, along with a husband who wouldn't let me throw out our bananas that were about to go bad...I thought that I was up for the task! So, to the laptop, I went, to find myself a banana bread recipe. It didn't take long at all...I came across a very basic recipe, one that had ingredients I have heard of and could pronounce (all very important). It also had a picture of what my bread should look like once finished. Here is the recipe I used from Simply Recipes:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
Yield: Makes one loaf.

This was such a super easy recipe!! I ended up using 4 frozen bananas. From the extensive research on the internet...the majority of people said it was best to just put your bananas in a bowl to thaw, that way the bowl would catch the water from the thawing process and you would put that water INTO the bread the bread good moisture!! It was a pretty funny procedure, when my bananas were mostly thawed, I cut a slit down the side of the peel and squeezed...and out plopped the squishy bananas. 

At the last minute, I decided to add a bag of milk chocolate chips. Note to self, one entire bag for this recipe was WAY too much. I felt like asking, "Would you like some banana bread with your chocolate chips?" Next time, I will cut it down to just half a bag. Overall, the bread was DELICIOUS!!! So so so good. No need for butter...just cut me a slice and my desire for dessert at the end of the day has been met! Mmmm Mmmm Good!!!

And since I'm not the best cook in the kitchen...I didn't have a regular sized bread loaf pan, so I used my mini loaf pans instead of cooking them for the hour, as directed in the recipe, I started checking in on them after 30 minutes. Total oven time ended up being 50 minutes. Using the mini loaf pans worked out perfectly because I ended up having to walk to my neighbors house to borrow some flour (so cliche)...and so I tied a ribbon around one loaf pan and Emily and I walked it over to them as a "Thank You" gift! Emily struggled a little bit in handing it over, but she eventually did. LOL


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