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I have been making this banana bread for years and years now. It can also be made with egg replacer or apple sauce instead of the egg for those with egg allergies (mainly my 2 daughters).
No need to use a mixer for this recipe. It is so easy your kids could make it! Clean-up is easy too, if you want, you can mix everything in one bowl.
The best bananas to use for banana bread are those that are over-ripe. I typically have 10 to 20 frozen bananas in my freezer at one time (it annoys my husband to no end) but they make the best banana bread! If you are using non frozen bananas, make sure the yellow peels are half browned, and the bananas inside are squishy and browning.Recipe:
- 4 very ripe bananas, peeled (or frozen bananas that have been thawed)
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 2/3 cup of sugar (can easily use 1/2 cup) – I used vanilla sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (if you are not using vanilla sugar)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is my favorite brand)
Step by Step Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F, and grab a 4×8-inch loaf pan. Line it with parchment paper with overhanging sides.
In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth. Add sugar and stir. Stir in the melted butter into the mashed bananas and sugar. Add vanilla.Stir in the egg and mix. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Mix in the flour. Stir the batter and when it is almost done add in chocolate chips. DO NOT OVER MIX! If you over mix your dough your bread will be tough, and no one wants tough banana bread. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes at 350°F, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the banana bread from the pan. Slice and serve. It is delish! Enjoy.
I am a girl who loves food. I grew up with a Mom who was an excellent cook. She wrote a cookbook when I was a child, and as they say, the rest is history. Started a catering business in 2005 and haven’t looked back. I am a mom to 2 beautiful girls and I want them to love food as much as I do. In the meantime, I love life and love my job @ http://www.monicaskitchen.com