In The Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

First thing I did this morning after walking in the door from dropping Reese off at preschool was set my oven to 350 degrees.


Then, the smells of banana bread started to fill my home.


Here is my recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (taken from Rachael Ray I believe)

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 1/2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Sugar

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 eggs, lightly beaten

3 Bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

1 Cup Chocolate Chips


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour an 8 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in loaf pan.  In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.  Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs.  Stir in the chocolate chips (do not over mix!) and pour into prepared pan.  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 60-80 minutes (my oven takes about 70 minutes).  Cool the loaf in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely, right side up.  Makes 1 loaf.



You can add chocolate chips or walnuts to any banana bread recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bread or Banana Nut Bread.  I have found that the chocolate chips add just the right amount of chocolate to the bread to be oh so yummy and not overbearing in taste!




Here is my Grandma Curtis and Mom’s Banana Bread Recipe:

1 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Crisco Shortening

2 Eggs

5 Ripe Bananas

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Cups Flour

1/3 Teaspoon Salt

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together sugar and Crisco in bowl with hand mixer; add eggs and mix again.  Mash bananas in a bowl, with a large fork.  Add the soda to them and then pour into sugar/Crisco mixture.  Mix well and add remaining items.  Pour into loaf pans that have been greased and floured.  Bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Makes 2 loafs.




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