Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and a Blog Makeover
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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.
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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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream sugar and butter together.
- Add eggs and bananas.
- Mix in buttermilk, baking soda, salt, and flour.
- Lastly add the chocolate chips.
- Treat a loaf pan (9x5x3) with nonstick spray. Fill pan with batter (should be about 2/3 full).
- 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.
- Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Then release from pan.
- Serve warm with some butter on it if you like.
- 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