Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Why is it that every time I turn around and look in my fruit basket I have what appears to be a handful of bananas that have gone “bad”?  Well, I guess “bad” is a relative term because while I won’t be using those bananas on a peanut butter and banana sandwich I WILL be using them to make BANANA BREAD!

 I actually consider myself to be somewhat of a banana bread snob because I feel like I am always making some. With that being said I have tried over half a dozen of recipes and have finally settled on a favorite. Don’t you love that? When you find ONE recipe you absolutely LOVE? It’s now my go-to and I’m always adding different things to the recipe just to change it up a bit.

What makes this recipe so freaking good is that fact that it is the most banana-y (is that even a word?) tasting, buttery batch of goodness you will put in your mouth. So let’s get started shall we?

Banana bread recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4-5 large very ripe bananas
  • 1 stick (8 Tbl) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (optional- if I want to make my bread a bit richer I’ll add these)
  • ½ cup walnuts (optional- not going to lie, I’m not a fan of nuts in my bread so I never put these in)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and adjust rack to the middle of the oven
  • Spray 8 ½ by 4 1/2 – inch loaf pan with baking spray
  • Wisk baking soda, flour, and salt together in large bowl
  • Place 4 or 5 bananas in separate bowl and microwave for 5 minutes. You’ll want to make sure the bananas are soft and have released liquid.
  • Transfer bananas to a fine mesh strainer over medium pot and allow to drain. You might have to assist with a fork mashing up and down to release any excess liquid.
  • Transfer bananas back to bowl you microwaved them in
  • Take pot with banana liquid and place over medium-high heat. Let cook for approximately 5 min or until liquid is reduced to ¼ cup.
  • Remove pan from heat and transfer liquid to bananas and mash with fork until mostly smooth.  Whisk in butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
  • Pour banana mixture into dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Gently incorporate chocolate chips, walnuts, or anything else you are adding.
  • Bake for 55-75 minutes or until toothpick once inserted comes out clean
  • Let pan cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then remove bread from pan and let sit on wire rack until fully cool.

After all that hard work, sit down, grab a glass of cold milk and enjoy a slice of your scrumptious banana bread!

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