Costco must have gotten a heck of a good deal on bananas because, when I did my shopping earlier in the week, they were selling large bunches of them…9-10 bananas, for $1.39. There was no way I could pass up a deal like that. We love banana bread and it freezes well so why not buy w-a-y more than I would normally use in a month.
With so many bananas on hand I thought this would be a good time to try a new bread recipe. This one from Lovin’ From the Oven has been on my to-do list for some time and all I did to change it was add 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I think its a delicious addition but you can leave them out if you wish. My bananas were huge so I reserved 1/2 of one and cut it into slices for the top of the unbaked bread. Next time I will add another row because they got a nice caramel finish as they baked and were delicious.. I almost covered the top but was afraid it would affect the rising so I didn’t do it. This is a moist flavorful banana bread and the swirl of cinnamon-sugar running through it is just plain yummy.
I have made the same BANANA BREAD recipe for years and it’s fun to try something new. I would put this recipe in my dessert category but it is delicious any time of day… I’ve been know to eat a slice of cake for breakfast once or twice. If you like homemade banana bread you are gonna love this one.
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
- ⅓ cup melted butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips, optional
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9" X 5" loaf pan. I buttered my pan and lined it with parchment paper. The paper sticks to the butter. This is a very tender bread and the paper helps getting it out of the pan.
- Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together. Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top of the banana mixture, then gently stir in the flour. Add chocolate chips and mix until just blended. Be careful not to over mix.
- In a small dish mix together the ⅓ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
- Add ½ of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the sugar-cinnamon mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top. If desired, place banana slices along the edge of the loaf pan.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. If you are using a different loaf pan size be careful to watch it carefully so it isn't over baked.