Nov 8, 2012

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I don't think I have wished you all a very happy November. How remiss of me! Here we are already 8 days in (PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER DEAR).

Please do forgive my tardiness. I will make it up to you with a super yummy delightful...hmmm any other adjectives I should throw in there???

I digress...

So I will make it up to you by sharing this ultra (see I knew I could come up with another adjective) Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

I am really a fan of quick breads. For one thing, they are well er...QUICK. I can just toss all the ingredients together while helping with homework or supervising lunch. For that matter, I can also throw a loaf together in between sweeping the floor and washing dishes. I don't know about you but sometimes I get a little chore ADHD and I have to switch to something else.

A loaf of quick bread is the perfect solution...especially if I still have a sink full of dirty dishes.  I mean why not add a couple more bowls to the sink of suds if it means that in an hour I am going to get a loaf of yumminess.

For another thing the name is "quick bread", but what they really should say is "loaf of bread that is really dessert that I feel completely okay about eating for breakfast". Just sayin'.

Now banana bread helps my justified indulgence even more because, duh...there are BANANAS in it. That is totally fruit. I basically can eat bread and count it as a serving of fruit, right?

Just say "Yes, Larissa" and move on. Don't pop my balloon.

To be honest, I am kind of stretching the serving of fruit with this actual loaf of Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Two kinds of chocolate chips kind of defeats the whole benefit of the fruit.

Shhh I won't tell if you don't.

My only complaint about quick loaves...

Well that would be that a recipe often only yields one loaf. Um, that doesn't last a girl and her house full of boys more than 20 minutes half a day. At the same time, that is probably good if I want my fanny to still fit in my jeans.

So yes, I am in love with quick breads. I have shared recipes for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and Cinnamon Chip Zucchini Bread. Both of these recipes I have already made several times this Fall.

Now I can add this loaf to the repeat appearance list.

The regular milk chocolate chips and the larger milk chocolate morsels combine forces and make this banana bread choco-heaven. I am totally a milk chocolate chip girl, but there is no reason that one could not mix it up with semi-sweet or even dark chocolate chips.

The toasted pecans add, shall I say it...a nuttiness (sorry I had to) to the bread that helps is also feel hearty. Thanks to the addition of sour cream the sweet and hearty loaf is also very moist. Gotta love what sour cream does to quick breads.

Can't forget the loveliness of the bananas of course. Thank you children for not finishing off all the bananas, leaving a few to over-ripen, consequently forcing me to make banana bread. I can't just let those poor bananas get thrown away.

SO yes, thank you children for giving me no choice to make this bread. Thank you for contributing to my serving of fruit/chocolate for the day. Thank you for giving me a super yummy and completely justified dessert breakfast.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
makes one 9 inch loaf

Printable Recipe

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
2 very ripe bananas, mashed well
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels (larger chips)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9" loaf pan.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in pecans. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix mashed bananas, sour cream, eggs, butter and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Next, slowly fold in the banana mixture to the flour mixture until just combined.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan evenly.

Bake for 55 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Then transfer the loaf to a wire rack.

Eat warm...aka can't wait to have a slice...or eat at room temperature...possessing a little self-control.

Both are delightful.

Enjoy Friends!

As you may have noticed I have actually made this recipe printable. I am trying to add that feature and this is my maiden voyage. Hopefully it will work. Please let me know. If everything is hunky dory then I will slowly...SLOWLY try to do the same to my other recipes.

Love Ya!


The Chase's said...

That looks so yummy I am wishing I had overly ripe bananas. People always eat them too fast in my house!! I will definitely try this next time I do have some!

Kinie F. said...

Looks great, wishing I had the chocolate chips. People leave the bananas and just eat the chocolate here. Chelsea and I should get together.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said... should combine ingredients.

Kinie...normally I don't have chocolate chips because I eat them all. I bought two bags this time!

Ashley said...

YUM I do love some quick bread. my favorite is amish friendship bread (even though it's not technically quick hah).

Looks amazing book marking this for future refs.

The Gilbert Family said...
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The Gilbert Family said...

Oh, I'm detecting some nuttiness...get the reference? Ha Ha, I hope so....

Stockhoff Family said...

Thank you daughter dear, fortunately (not for my fanny) I ALWAYS have chocolate chips, milk, semi, dark, lg, mini, butterscoth, peanutbutter, well anyway, I will rush right into the kitchen and make these!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Hahaha...Mom you are so funny!


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