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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and a Blog Makeover

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread w/Stop Lookin' Get Cookin'

Welcome to the new look of Stop Lookin’ Get Cookin’!

Sit down, have some coffee (or a glass of wine or a beer or whatever tickles your fancy) and a slice of banana bread while you sift through the archives of my recipes in a new and much easier way to find them.

I felt it was time for a bloggy makeover.  You know, every now and then a girl needs to change up the hairstyle, glasses, makeup, and wardrobe.  And that’s what this girl got – a new look.

If you are reading this in your RSS feeder, click on the top link and come take a look at my site.  I LOVE the fresh new look and hope you do too.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread w/Stop Lookin' Get Cookin'

So kick back, enjoy your drink and a warm slice of banana bread.

This recipe is one of my kids’ all-time favorites that my mom makes for them. It came from my Grandma Laures.  They nag me ALL-OF-THE-TIME to make it for them and I tell them that grandma’s banana bread wouldn’t be nearly as special if I made it for them.  They don’t buy that answer – AT ALL.

But today I’m going to surprise them when they get home from school and have warm banana bread waiting for them.

I can see my Mother-of-the-Year Award hanging on the wall already.  And when I go to receive that award (Oh yes, I’m going to pick this one up myself. I’m not going to let this one get lost in the mail like ALL of the others.) I will just have to get a makeover myself.  Hmmm, my hair will need a fresh color and I’ll certainly need a new dress.  Now, just which shoes will I wear?

Chocolate Chop Banana Bread

This recipe can easily be baked up ahead of time and then frozen once the bread is cool.

You can add nuts if you like, about ¾ cup to this recipe. If you don’t want the chocolate chips, omit them.

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 10 min


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 – 3)
  • ½ cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk in the house, add 2 teaspoons vinegar to ½ cup of milk, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar and butter together.
  3. Add eggs and bananas.
  4. Mix in buttermilk, baking soda, salt, and flour.
  5. Lastly add the chocolate chips.
  6. Treat a loaf pan (9x5x3) with nonstick spray. Fill pan with batter (should be about 2/3 full).
  7. Bake for about 1 hour. Test to make sure the center is done. Depending on your oven, it may take up to another 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Then release from pan.
  9. Serve warm with some butter on it if you like.
  10. Store in an airtight container. This is also a great item to freeze and pull out when you need it.

My mom, Audrey Larson altered from my Grandma Laures Banana Bread Recipe


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6 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and a Blog Makeover”

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — January 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    LOVE the new look! It’s so fun to freshen things up. We should get together soon!

    • Kendra replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 8:22 am

      Thanks Lindsay and yes, we should get together soon.

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    Gillian @ The Haas Machine — January 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I totally agree with Lindsay- it looks so fresh & clean looking. I’d totally eat a slice of that bread right now too!

    • Kendra replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 8:21 am

      Stop by and I’ll have one waiting for you. 🙂

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    Laurie — January 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    It looks great but I thought it looked great before. Why the change?

    • Kendra replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 8:21 am

      Sometimes a girl just needs a new look. 🙂 I wanted a crisper, cleaner look. I loved the red background but I wanted a change. Although my 9 year old who loves colors doesn’t like this look as well as the other one.

      Thanks for stopping by Laurie!