My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
I’ve done a lot of independent research on banana bread. I’ve tried several different variations, made minor modifications, added different things and baked it differently. After all this effort, the results are in: my mom’s is the best.
Sometimes I make it in the form of bread, sometimes as muffins. It all comes out the same: wonderful, tasty, delicious, and comforting. The best days I ever had growing up would be when my mom and I were playing a game of Memory and she would surprise me with a piece of warm banana bread straight out of the oven. I just felt really happy all over again thinking about that. Oh, the good ol’ days. Now I have to serve it to myself straight out of the oven, and no one is playing Memory with me.
If you need a Banana Bread recipe (and you do, everyone does), use this one.
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup ripe mashed bananas (2 large)
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Lots o’ chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350. In a bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg, then vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and soda. In another bowl, mash the bananas with the milk. With the the standing mixer on low speed, add a little of the flour mixture, then the bananas, and continue to alternate until everything is mixed in. Turn off the mixer, and stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Or, sometimes I actually like to turn up the mixer to high instead of stirring in the chocolate chips, because I feel like it really smashes the chocolate flavor in there. Up to you.
Grease a bread loaf pan (I think mine is a 9X5), pour in the banana bread batter (is it dough or batter? It looks more like batter), and bake for about 45 min to one hour, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. The edges will begin to look a little darker, but keep it in until the center is done. If you are doing muffins, they will only take about 25-35 minutes, but keep your eye on them.