Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

18 Oct

Recipe slightly adapted from Saveur

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2/3 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
Non-stick baking spray or butter

Serves 10-12 slices.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9″ * 5″ * 2 3/4″ loaf pan with baking spray or grease with butter and set aside. 
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Add the mashed bananas, pecans, and chocolate chips and whisk gently. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the top is golden brown, 60-65 minutes. Let the bread cool for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

This banana bread developed out of necessity. During a weekend packed with non-stop studying, my mind and body needed a break. In a sheer impulse, I stopped what I was doing and determinedly headed down the stairs to the kitchen. This simple recipe required 20 minutes to prepare and spread a fragrant, enticing aroma throughout the house. I tried my first slice with a friend and the two of us single-handedly devoured half the loaf. The bread combines two of my favorite snacks: bananas and chocolate, into a single moist, nutty treat. My piece was slightly warm when I bit into it; the semi-sweet chocolate chips melting on my tongue. Best of all, the baking process provided relaxation and enjoyment during a dull Sunday afternoon and allowed me to look forward to a delicious homemade good as a reward for my hard work.


2 Responses to “Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread”

  1. Kotryna October 18, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    looks soo good ;OO

  2. Sara October 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    mmmm i want a hunk of that so bad hahah you have no idea

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