Recipe – My Kids Used to Eat Bananas

by k.c. (pre-3’s parent)

My kids and husband used to eat bananas – every day. One week over the summer a few languished and turned brown in the back of our produce bowl. Not a banana fan myself, I was a bit squeamish when dealing with slimy, brown, over-ripe bananas, but I put on my imaginary mom gloves and decided I could try to make some banana bread. After searching around on Pinterest for a while, I came across this recipe, and decided to give it a try. After making this once, my kids stopped asking for bananas, and now only ask for banana bread, with chocolate chips of course!

In our house, we use it as a treat in lunch boxes, a special after school snack, or as dessert after a healthy meal. It is also a great gift bread for the holidays, to bring to a potluck, or share with a friend or neighbor.

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from sweet & delish

Hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adapted from Sweet & Delish blog

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter. Beat the egg slightly, and mix into the creamed mixture with the bananas. Mix in sifted ingredients until just combined. Stir in milk and chocolate chips. Spread batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean with no batter

Notes: Original recipe calls for sifting dry ingredients together, but after making this once, I decided to skip that step. I also cut the sugar in half (original calls for 1 cup sugar). I felt it was plenty sweet with 1/2 a cup given the chocolate chips. You could probably cut even more sugar out if you wanted.