Banana bread is one of those things that I just cannot keep in the house. It’s terribly Houdini-like, in that it vanishes….right before your eyes. All 4 of my kids LOVE the stuff, and I wanted to add chocolate chips to my tried and true recipe. The result? Super-delicious moist banana bread with just a hint of chocolatey goodness. You’ll love it.
This is a great recipe to make because it makes TWO loaves. Keep one for your family and share a loaf with a friend. Take a loaf to work. Your family and friends are sure to appreciate your bread!
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. stick margarine
2 large eggs
4-5 mashed bananas (I always just throw my “too brown to eat” bananas in my freezer, and then pull them out when I want to make banana bread. You can simply run them under hot water, or pop them in your microwave for a few seconds. I don’t even mash them up. I let my KitchenAid mixer do that for me!)
1/2 c. buttermilk (Seriously, who keeps this on hand? I just put a teaspoon or two of lemon juice into regular milk, and wait a minute or so until it starts to curdle a bit.)
1 teaspoon vanilla (and I always throw in a bit extra..I LOVE vanilla!)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 c- 1 c mini chocolate chips (I don’t think you can go wrong here. Add as many or as few as you like.)
Cream together the sugar and butter. Mix until light and fluffy. Stir in your eggs, and mix well. Add the milk and vanilla, and mix again. Add your bananas. I like to just break up my frozen bananas a bit, and then let my mixer do the hard work. There really is no need to add a separate step of mashing them up first! Mix your batter until the bananas are nicely incorporated.
Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add in the chocolate chips.
Pour your batter into two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Now, see if you can do a better job keeping this in your house than I can! Ours is always gone within 24 hours. Happy baking!
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