Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

February 11, 2015

Hi Foodie Friends – Happy Almost Valentine’s Day! In case you were wondering if all this snow here in New Hampshire is making us carb load, here’s your answer:

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! So so good. My kids love helping me make this recipe, since they can really help mash the bananas and stir in the chocolate chips.

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The batter is really flexible so you can put it in whatever shaped pan you want, and play with the chocolate chips! I love mixing white and chocolate chips together. And I usually make little mini-muffins but how cute are these loaves?

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I am going on a ski weekend with my BC college roommates and all of our families and I cannot wait! The perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day – all of the people you love in one place. When I think about all that we went through together – dreaming, comforting, growing, laughing – it is crazy to fast forward to right now and think that we are all beautiful mommas and professionals and doctors!  It seriously makes me teary thinking about being together with these girls. We are going to bring all our kids skiing and to the pool, frost heart shaped cookies, drink champagne and eat lots of good food. Then we are going to sneak away and get massages while the dads take over for an afternoon.

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I thought I would make everyone little loaves they can bring into their families condo as a treat for coming out my way this trip. At least the snow is cooperating, so that the ski trails are full of snow.

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The recipe is so easy and delicious, moist from the bananas and I love the brown sugar in there. (Feel free to leave out some of the sugar but we like them sweet!) This recipe is great for using up old bananas too.  A great one for the recipe box.

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you love this one as much as we do!

Banana Chocolate Chip Loaves (printer version here);

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter, softened

¾ c. sugar

½ c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ c. flour

1 t. baking powder

½ t. salt

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 t. vanilla

1 c. chocolate chips (white chocolate or butterscotch are also yummy, sometimes I combine them. If you like nuts feel free to add them too).

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, 1 at a time. Sift together in a seperate bowl the flour, salt and baking powder. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mix. Mash bananas with a fork (a GREAT kid job), then stir in 1 t. vanilla to the bananas. Add to the batter mixture. Add 1 c. chocolate chips, stirring gently.

Spray pan with cooking spray. See below to adjust times and temps according to what pan you are using.

For Mini-Loaf Pan: Cook at 350 for 40-42 minutes, checking for doneness.

For Mini-Muffins: Cook at 375 for 12-14 minutes, checking for doneness.

For Muffins: Cook at 375 for 20-22 minutes, checking for doneness.

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