Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One thing I love, chocolate. One more thing I love, banana bread. And clearly, I love chocolate chip banana bread. This is recipe is a favorite of mine and is my go-to banana bread recipe. I love that it makes for a quick breakfast option, since all you have to do is cut a slice and indulge. This makes it perfect for weekdays, since mornings are always rushed on weekdays. Whip up this recipe on a weekend, and you're set for a week's worth of delicious breakfast.



This recipe that I'm using may seem a bit strange, because one of the ingredients is sour cream. I know, that sounds disgusting, but somehow it gives the banana bread the perfect texture. I personally hate sour cream and will not eat it in any shape or form, but the taste of the sour cream is not noticeable at all. However, the taste may not be there, but sour cream is a key ingredient to this recipe. It ensures that the bread is not too dry.

You will need:
1/2 cup of melted butter
1 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 sliced bananas (as ripe as possible)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional, I omitted this ingredient)
1/2 cup of chocolate chips
*note: the chocolate chips and walnuts can be used separately or together, depending on your preference


First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.



Then, mix together your melted butter and white sugar. After the butter and sugar are combined, add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well.


Next, add in your dry ingredients, the flour, baking soda, and salt. At this point, your batter will likely be very dry and difficult to stir, that's normal.



Slice up your bananas into small pieces and then put it into the mixture, along with the sour cream. The banana and sour cream will make the batter smooth. The sour cream will give the loaf a fluffy texture, and it from becoming too dry. 

After you add the bananas and the sour cream, add in the chocolate chips and/or walnuts, depending on your preference. I personally do not like walnuts, so I omitted them and put in just chocolate chips.


Grease your pan, (I used a 9x5 pan) and transfer the batter into it. Pop it into the oven for one hour. When I make this recipe, it typically takes exactly one hour to bake, but I would check on it slightly before an hour, since oven strengths vary.


Once the banana bread is out of the oven, slice it up and enjoy!


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