Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

BananaBreadMy kids like bananas…I guess it’s a kid thing.  They use them in shakes, or cut them onto cereal. They pretend that they are boomerangs….

And they are rather good for you, full of potassium.

We even have a fancy Tupperware container that is banana shaped, so that they can carry the bananas to school in a lunch bag without them getting smoooshed.

Personally, I’m not really crazy about bananas, but I buy them…and I hope that my people will eat them (mostly so I don’t have to).

And there they are, in the fruit bowl, slowly changing from greenish yellow- to yellow- to kind of bruised looking. At this point I have 2 choices…. chuck ‘em in the compost bin… or make banana bread. I add chocolate chips to my banana bread, mainly because EVERYTHING tastes better when you add chocolate.

You can add nuts if you want too… (but chocolate is better…)

This is an easy Banana Bread recipe that you can throw together quickly. I use the same recipe for muffins… just adjust the baking time.

And it works as a quick “oh no we’re late for school..soccer..tennis..girl scouts… but we haven’t eaten yet’ fix.

Bake it up, fill the house with good smells, and fill your tummy with yummy Banana Chocolate Chip Bread.

 Second Chances for Yucky Bananas

Frozen BananaWhat to do with a bad banana…

Once my bananas start to go, I put them in the freezer. I even have a special “old banana” shelf (it’s the top one). Then, when the mood strikes me to make banana bread (mostly that happens when a frozen banana falls off that top shelf and lands on my foot) I pull out 3 or 4, and put them on the counter in a bowl to thaw.

Now… they may have looked gross frozen, but they look downright NASTY when they are thawed. Seriously disgusting. And they feel all wet and squishy. DON’T PANIC! They are PERFECT for Banana Bread. Just cut off the end with scissors, and squeeze the mushy stuff out into the mixing bowl.

Let the kids help… the gross out factor makes them happy.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

Serve under ice cream, and it’s a banana split!

Banana Chocolate Chip BreadServes: makes 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 min

Total Time: 1 hour 15 min

You need 3 or 4 really nasty looking bananas for this recipe. Add chocolate chips to make it all taste wonderful.
Yes, you can add nuts too or instead… substitute a 1/2 cup of nuts for a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips…

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 Bananas- Brown and nasty is perfect
  • 1 cup Sugar- maybe a little more
  • 1 stick Butter – melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips- ok… maybe a little more….

Instructions

Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. If you want to hedge your bets, cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan. Spray it.
Heat oven to 350 degrees

Put the bananas (the insides, not the peel) and the sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix on HIGH for a few minutes. Add the melted, cooled butter, eggs, and the vanilla. Mix it up, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add baking soda and flour, combine.
Add chocolate chips, mix it all up.

Scrape the dough into the loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, until browned on top, and a toothpick stuck in it comes out clean.
Let the pan cool on a rack for 20 minutes or so.
Turn out onto rack to cool completely.
Slice and eat

Got to tell you, this one makes the house smell great, and tastes wonderful warm.

  This Recipe Keeps Well

Banana Bread is a great Keeper. You can wrap it up in plastic wrap, then foil, and stick it in the freezer until until you need it.

MAKE SURE TO LABEL AND DATE IT

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