I used to think making banana bread was one of the most difficult items due to the consistency of the bananas; they need to be extra ripe in order to create the best flavor and texture for the bread. The solution? Freezer bananas.
When bananas are starting to turn brown in spots on the outside, it’s time to use them. If you’re like me, this happens a lot around the house because caring for kids, dogs, laundry, groceries, doctors appointments, and keeping the grass alive all cuts into your keeping-bananas-alive time. I take these moments to simply pop them into the freezer.
Now, when you collect three bananas in the freezer, it’s time to make banana bread! Simply use a knife to peel, and slice these and place into the blender. If you already have bananas ready, let’s get started!
You will need:
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
3 Ripe Bananas
1 Tablespoon Milk
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or pumpkin spice)
1 1/2 Cups of semi-sweet chocolates
Preheat your oven to 325.
To start, mix your dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into one large bowl. Then, place your bananas, milk, and eggs into the blender and pulsate on a low setting just until blended.
Next, mix the softened butter, sugar, and cinnamon with a mixer until soft, then slowly add the banana mixture and continue blending until it runs mostly smooth. Some banana chunks will remain, this is good.
Next, pour the banana, sugar combo over your bowl of dry ingredients, and blend well.
At this point, you add in your chocolates. I used 1 Cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, a handful of leftover milk chocolate chips, and 1/2 Cup of dark chocolate chunks for this recipe. (It turned out incredible!)
The next step is important for the sugar crust! Grease your standard bread pan with either butter or shortening, then coat the inside with sugar by pouring about a 1/4 Cup granulated sugar inside and shaking around until coated.
Now, pour batter into the pan and bake on 375 for at least 70 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. This bread took 85 minutes total.
The end results were so delicious! The chocolate chunks really made the bread a special treat! Please leave me your own suggestions to this recipe below!