Yeah, I made banana bread, like everyone else in quarantine. My favorite variation, however, is one I was introduced to be my former voice teacher in middle school — chocolate chip banana bread.
I’ll admit to my guilt: I’m basically just buying bananas and letting them get too ripe to eat so I can make stuff with them. I’m not big on banana-flavored stuff, other than banana bread and banana pudding and that’s how I bring you to this.
Now, I’ll also admit that while I’ve been enjoying taking Peloton classes on the inexpensive bike I got, I also have been snacking much more than usual — and probably also drinking a little more than usual — so I decided to swap out a few of the traditional ingredients and make it a little less sugary… we won’t say healthier, because well, it’s probably not.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
(Adapted from this recipe)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt, or to taste
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup Swerve granulated sugar (not real sugar)
- ½ cup Swerve brown sugar (not real sugar)
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- In separate bowl, stir bananas, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg together until combined.
- Beat butter and sugar in a third bowl until light and fluffy, then add eggs to butter mixture, one at a time.
- Stir banana mixture into butter mixture, then add dry mixture until blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts until just combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 60-70 minutes.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.
What’s your favorite banana recipe? What’s your favorite thing you’ve tried to make during the stay-at-home order?