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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips

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It's Show Us Your Life on Kelly's Korner and this week's topic is favorite sweet recipes...



There is nothing quite like the scent of sweet banana bread baking in the oven. And I love making a big batch so we have enough of this deliciousness to snack on for days. Whether it's a warm breakfast to go, an afternoon snack, or served as dessert with a side of vanilla ice cream this banana bread recipe is one of my favorites. Oh, and the fact that it's healthier than typical dessert breads just makes me feel even better about that second slice. I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe.  



Homemade Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips
Ingredients:
1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour (I usually do part whole wheat flour, part regular flour)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk (I use vanilla milk generally, such as Silk's Pure Almond milk)
4 tablespoons butter, melted 
3 bananas (I puree them in a food processor before adding them to the other ingredients, but smashing them in a bowl with forks also works)
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 and 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 egg, beaten



For the bananas I recommend zapping them for a minute or two in a food processor. If you don't have a food processor on hand a blender or bullet blender will substitute just fine, and if neither of those are an option a food old fashioned banana smashing fest with forks works just fine as well. 
Combine the dry ingredients in one mixing bowl, and the wet ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients in their respective bowls throughly before combing them all together and stirring. 
Bake at 350 degrees for around half an hour or until top is slightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool or just dive right in if you're like me and can't resist.

Every time I bake this dessert it just smells (and tastes!) like home should. Maybe someday (long in the future) when I've got grown kids they'll come home to this smell and say it smells like home- ha! Now that's a thought!  

What are your favorite desserts?

6 comments:

SnoWhite said...

how brilliant to add dark chocolate :) Love this idea.

Bethany said...

Thanks! It sure does add something to the bread, especially when it's warm and the chocolate is melty.

*Kelly* said...

I remember my mom making banana bread and dumping in choc. chips....best combo ever!!!

i will have to try this.

Bethany said...

Kelly, I agree! Hope this recipe serves you well. :)

Cathy said...

Yum! I love banana bread. I can't wait to try this recipe!

Bethany said...

Thanks, Cathy!

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