We have a fruit bowl in our kitchen that the kids can graze from any time they want a snack. Some months we cannot keep enough clementine oranges in supply and other months we are buying 2 or 3 bunches of bananas each week. Right now, our kids are on a banana kick. This morning I noticed the last few in the bunch started getting a little spotty; still perfectly fine for my peanut butter and banana toast breakfast, but I took the opportunity to use the last three bananas for some delicious banana bread!
You may notice an additional set of small hands because I gained another little helper this round. He was upset he didn't get to help with the pickled eggs.
Pictured above are all my ingredients. Note: you can skip the chocolate chips or substitute for another ingredient, like walnuts! Because we're baking in this blog, I have to be a little more specific with my measurements instead of my anti-measuring cup, "glass-full" portions. I still try, as much as I can, to use same-size measurements for multiple ingredients which uses less dishes. You can probably get away with 3-4 dishes total (large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, 1 cup, and 1 teaspoon).
Total Cost: Under $15
Prep Time: 75-80 mins
1- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2- Mash up bananas in large mixing bowl.
3- Melt stick of butter in microwave for 30 seconds.
4- Beat the two large eggs in small bowl.
5- Mix both butter and eggs to the smashed bananas in large mixing bowl. Mix in sugar.
6- Add baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Mix together.
7- Carefully mix in flour
8- Fold in chocolate chips.
9- Pour mixture into lightly greased non-stick loaf pan.
10- Bake in oven for approximately 1 hour.
When baking, I put it in for 55 minutes to begin. I use the "fork test" to see if it is fully cooked. Place a fork in the top of the bread. If there is batter stuck to the fork after removing it, leave the loaf pan in the oven for an additional 3-4 minutes. Keep repeating the process until fully cooked.
If you're cooking with kids, you will need one other ingredient you unfortunately cannot buy at the store: patience!
I hope you enjoy our not-so-healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipe. I know our kiddos do!
When I'm not on campus, there is a chance I'm in the kitchen with my daughter. I have a few go-to recipes, many of which she loves to help with. The original purpose of my blog is to catalog my recipes so I can find them easily! When I quickly run out of recipes, we may experiment with some new ones. Hopefully you will find that the recipes are easy and can be recreated by almost anyone.