The Easiest Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

February 7, 2016

I am not a baker. Let me start off by saying this right off the bat. Mister Sive is the baker in the family, and I have and always will be quite happy about that. Baking requires measuring, which has never been my strong suit. I like pinches of this, a glug of that. The idea of making anything with yeast just makes me anxious. That is why I have great respect for bakers. But this banana bread is really the simplest thing, I just had to share. So few ingredients and so tasty. I was trying to recreate a banana bread with chocolate chips that is my absolute favorite thing I get at Cherry Street Coffee by the Home store in Seattle. I had bought a bunch of bananas in the city when I was at the show last week. A few made the trek up the Taconic. TPS was still asleep and I had a hankering for this bread. “I can do this,” I thought. A little searching around the web and pulling from a few things I saw and here is what I came up with. As stated earlier, incredibly simple stuff.

Turn oven on to 325 degrees and it will heat up while you get this put together. Mush up 2 to 3 quite ripe bananas in a good sized mixing bowl. To that add one egg, a cup of white sugar, and a 1/4 of a cup (which is half a stick) melted butter. Set aside. In another bowl, put in 1 and a half cups of all-purpose flour with a teaspoon of baking soda and half of a teaspoon of salt. Mix those 3 dry ingredients together. Now slowly mix the dry mixture into the banana mixer until full incorporated. My goal was to do this by hand and not a mixer as I was wanting this to be as simple as possible. Then mix in a cup of the best milk chocolate chips you can get your hands on. I chopped them up a bit, but now don’t think was necessary so won’t do the next time. It is ready to be put into a butter greased pan. We did not have a loaf shaped pan so I used a round cake pan. Use whatever you have/like. Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

That was it. I by no means consider myself a baker but sometimes you just have to have a piece of banana bread with chocolate chips with your morning coffee and you do what you have to do to make that happen. Insert happy smile…