It was 1996. I had a full time job and would often come home from work hungry and looking for something comforting. My soon-to-be husband had bought me the giant cookbook I had asked for for Christmas. It was one of those name brand cookbooks and included everything from appetizers to dessert. As I was flipping through the pages one day, I came across ‘Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.’
“That’s so weird.”, I thought.
Amused, I told my fiance about the recipe. His response, “That sounds good!” What? Out of complete curiosity, I made it. I only changed one thing to the recipe. My mom always put cinnamon in banana bread. The recipe had none. That won’t do, so I added a little ground cinnamon to stay true to mom. It was delicious! I shared it with friends, family, and co-workers and it always got the same response, “Wow! That’s so yummy!”
Admittedly the recipe was super simple, but it gave me confidence. It was different. Sure, I had baked the standard chocolate chip cookie everyone else grew up baking. They are good, but predictable. When people asked me to make the banana bread for parties or special events, I knew I was on to something different and special. The feedback encouraged me to try new things, experiment and, in the process, I fell in love with baking!
Over the years, I have tried many versions of chocolate chip banana bread. There are a lot of really great ones out there! One of my favorites requires beating egg yolks until thick and then slowly streaming in oil to create an emulsion before moving on to the rest of the recipe. And when I have time, the bread is fantastic! But I have been finding myself baking this one more than others, because it is so quick and easy to throw together and it. is. yummy!
It requires one bowl. (Yippee! Less dishes!!)
Did I mention, it’s quick? (And when you’ve got 3 hungry kids, this perk cannot be overlooked or overstated!)
It’s delicious! (‘nuf. said.)
Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Be sure to use very ripe bananas. The more big, dark, black spots on your bananas the better your bread will be!
- 3 very ripe, large bananas
- 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 bag of mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top of bread
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with baking spray.
Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir to combine with the bananas. Add the melted, cooled butter, beaten egg, and vanilla. Stir to combine well. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and mini chocolate chips. Stir dry ingredients into the wet, until all the dry mixture is absorbed, but don’t over mix, or your bread will be tough. Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
Bake 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.