Chocolate Banana Bread

Alright, Sunday, let’s do this. What’s the number one recommended use for over-ripe bananas? Banana bread. It’s versatile, easy-to-bake and delicious. Nowadays, it seems that everyone is trying to take a spin on the classic banana bread recipe and I’m not against going with the crowd. So, I threw on my apron, booted up my Amazon Prime Music app and side-eyed those over-ripened bananas.

Baking on a Sunday afternoon while singing/dancing to Norah Jones brings out a laid-back version of Martha Stewart in me. Scrubbing down the countertops just to douse them in flour and walnut shavings is surprisingly calming. This recipe doesn’t call for anything too fancy and can be made in just over an hour (or, if you’re like me and refuse to wait for the bread to cool, you can be savoring this chocolate-y goodness in an hour, tops.)

 

Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (3-4 ripened, medium bananas)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the sugar, butter and egg. Then, add the bananas and mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in the milk, chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
  5. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking spray and spread the batter evenly in the pan. Tap the pan lightly on the counter top to surface any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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