Sunday, September 16, 2012

Let the baking begin!

The hot summer weather broke last week
and we have had the most wonderful fall like temperatures!

Combine the gorgeous weather and over ripe bananas in my fruit bowl
and I thought banana bread!
I can bake again. :)
Then Jaime suggested chocolate chip banana bread.
Even better!

I consulted my dear friend Google and found THIS great recipe.

I made a few tweaks, 
adding in vanilla, cinnamon and less banana (I only had 2).
I also added in one chopped Hershey's bar instead of chocolate chips,
since it was the only chocolate I had on hand and didn't want to go to the store. 
Necessity is the mother of invention after all, right?

Here is the modified recipe:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 mashed overripe bananas - 3 for a strong banana flavor
  • One chocolate bar, finely chopped. - Can also use 2 cups of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. 
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and mashed bananas until well blended. 
  4. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture and chocolate chips; stir just to moisten. 
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 55 - 60, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

I cooked my bread for 60 minutes
and it looked like this out of the oven.

While it was cooling off, Jaime decided to taste test the crust.
Note the arrow below.

Here is the inside.  
The chopped chocolate was melted through on the bottom.

The bread had a wonderfully light banana and chocolate flavor,
not overly sweet and with a hint of cinnamon.
I used ingredients I had on hand and was really pleased with the results.

Hope you like it
Happy Fall!!


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  1. I loooooove banana bread, but have never tried it with chocolate chips! I must do this- it sounds delightful! Just found ya via Mop it Up Mondays and now following your cute blog!


    1. I was skeptical, but it was really tasty! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Yes, let's the baking being. The weather is cooling off, I;m wanting to be in my kitchen once again and this sounds delicious. I so love banana bread and but chocolate would put it over the top! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  3. It looks so darn good! I am pinning and I shared it on my FB page... YUM!
    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe over at my party!

    1. It was gone in a snap, too, Desiree. Muchisimas gracias for pinning and sharing!

  4. Found and followed you through 36th Avenue's link party. I just love your blog! Feel free to stop by mine as well :)


  5. Oh this looks so good. I need to make bread but I don't like to because I eat the whole loaf. Ha ha. Thanks so much for sharing on "I Gotta Try That"

  6. I have to stop visiting you, because I'm afraid I'll get fat. All your recipes look so delicious. It is worrying me ha ha ha...
    OK. All joking aside.. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas at our linky party at & we love seeing you back there this week with another project!!


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