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CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD… A FAMILY FAVORITE!

 

In our family, chocolate chip banana bread is a staple in our fridge and freezer, as this simple recipe is both a healthier alternative to a dessert and sometimes just a great food to fulfill that chocolate craving ( for me anyways).

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I found this recipe on the internet, but have tweaked it quite it a bit  to make it healthier and less calories. I am very conscious about cooking & baking only healthy items in our home and this is a GREAT item that freezes well and can last to up to 2 months if need be. Trust me it won’t last that long.

 

 

 

 

Haute Mom’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 60-70 minutes ( 30 minutes w/ foil; 30-40 minutes without)
Total Time: 1 hr 20/ 1hr 30 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp butter , softened
  • 2 cups mashed bananas ( if you have a magic bullet; blend for about 15 secs)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( not necessary, I don’t use in the recipe)
  • 3/4- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preparation:

 

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Start by creaming the butter, for a good 5 minutes ( great opportunity to measure out all your other ingredients).

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Add the sugar, let that cream for another 2-3 minutes. Beat in the  mashed/pureed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients, let mix for no more then 1-2 minutes ( flour, baking soda, baking powder) and then hand fold in the chocolate chips so that you keep the morsels fully in tact.

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Pour batter into greased ( I use PAM)  9x5x3 ( will make 1)  OR 4 smaller-loaf pans ( I like the smaller ones, healthier serving size) . Cover each pan LOOSELY , “tented” with aluminum foil . Bake for 30 minutes at 325°.

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Remove foil & continue baking for 3o to 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then remove from pan and sit for another 10-15 minutes so you can slice it. Best served slightly warm, or in my case I LOVE it cold.

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ENJOY!This is an item that you can serve with brunch, lunch, dinner or even as dessert. Any baked good this versatile, deserves at least a try so let me know what you think!

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