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Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

“On a traffic light green means go and yellow means yield, but on a banana it’s just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means where the hell did you get that banana at?” ~ Mitch Hedberg

As I sit here and write this post my kitchen is filling with the sweet aroma of bananas and cinnamon. I have nostalgic memories of my grandmother whipping up banana bread whenever the days were rough. Have a hard day, no problem; grandma’s going to make some banana bread. It was something she could make that was quick, easy, good for you (what we thought at the time was good for us), and most of all comforting. At times she’d throw in an extra treat, adding chocolate chips and chopped up walnuts. It was the perfect snack, home from a long day at school, I’d warm up a piece of grandma’s banana bread and lather it with some butter and all would be good again.

I’ve brought back grandma’s banana bread but with a twist. I’ve slightly modified her recipe by nixing the vegetable oil, bleached flour, and added in a couple treats of my own with local raw honey, cinnamon, and organic flaxseed meal. It a common snack in my household and my 3 year old kiddo helps often to whip up a loaf. As soon as we see the bananas turning brown everyone is itching for me to make banana bread. This is a recipe that can be modified to your liking. Add nuts, fruits of different kinds, and control the sugar. This recipe once took 1 cup of white sugar. Today I’ve reduced it to a small amount of organic brown sugar & local raw honey. I’m sure you could omit the sugar all together given ripe bananas have a sweetness on their own. You can omit the chocolate or add extra… it’s all in how you like it. I’d like to attempt making a gluten free version.

Around here we like homemade chocolate chip banana bread. Enjoy!
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

* = organic
^ = local

Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
325 (f) degrees 55-60 minutes greased & floured 8×11 pan

– 4-5 ripe bananas *
– 3 eggs *^
– 1/3 cup butter, melted *
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1/4 cup raw honey ^
– 1/2 cup brown sugar *
– 3 cups all purpose flour *
– 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal * (optional)
– 1 1/2 teaspoons aluminum free baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
– 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips *

Step 1: In a stand mixer (or by hand if you’re feeling strong) mash 4 to 5 ripe bananas till broken down and creamy.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 2: Next crack 3 eggs into a separate bowl to ensure there are no egg shells. On medium speed, add one egg at a time to the mashed banana in the mixer. Mix each egg until fully incorporated to the mashed banana.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 3: Next add in brown sugar, honey, and melted butter till fully incorporated with the banana mixture. Stop the mixer, and with a rubber or silicon spatula, scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are combined.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 4: In a separate bowl combine flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Set aside. On low speed add in the vanilla. Next slowly add in the dry ingredients a quarter at a time to ensure they are fully incorporated to the banana mixture. Again, stopping the mixture and using your spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixture to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 5: Next give a rough chop to the chocolate chips allowing for smaller bits to incorporate throughout the bread. On slow speed add the chocolate chips and mix till fully incorporated – do not over mix.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 6: Grease and flour an 8 x 11 baking dish.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 7: Pour the banana bread mixture into the greased & floured pan. Lightly tap the pan on a surface to ensure the mixture is level. Into a preheated 325 (f) degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Step 8: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing and allowing to completely cool in a rack.
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

Slather with butter… and… ENJOY!
homemade chocolate chip banana bread

5 responses to “Homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Danielle froio

    Do you have the nutritional information for the bread? Looking for the calories and fat grams and fiber grams as well. Thanks!

    • Good day Danielle,

      Thanks so much for your question. I have not worked out the nutritional information but I can tell you everything I use is organic, pastured, grass-fed such as the eggs and butter. Your comment and some other recent comments on FB has inspired me to try and include this information in recipes going forward. I appreciate your concern for these areas of ones’ diet and want to be able to provide this if I can to everyone. Also knowing that you’re using local organic fresh whole ingredients should give confidence in knowing the food is good for you. That and not eating too many slices of this good stuff in one sitting is probably a good option too! Thanks again for your comment and my apologies for not being able to provide immediate #s on your question.

  2. *I have a website on fb, NO idea how to list the url*

    But, hi, there.
    I was looking for your carrot scone recipie EVERYWHERE, but considering I’ve only had my laptop for about a week, I was hoping you’d help me out?

    Sincerely,

    Dev
    Naturesownpath@netzero.net(fb.com)

    • Hi Dev! Thanks for your comment. I will post a recipe very soon… catching up on a backlog of other posts. Thanks again for your support!

  3. Looks really delicious to me and I hope to make it one day. My mouth is already watering.

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