Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Have I really not posted since New Year’s? Oh dear.

Banana

There are a few people in my life who are allergic to bananas. That is weird as hell to me. Like, you do realize we share a common ancestor with chimps and apes, right? You’re a primate. Bananas are supposed to be your friends! Though I guess if they cause chemical burns, then maybe not so much.

However, most of the people I know that are allergic to banana a) love bananas b) are not allergic to bananas that have been cooked. I guess there is some enzyme that in neutralized in the cooking/heating process that makes them okay to eat for (most) people allergic to them. I’m definitely not saying GO BANANAS (heh) since I’m sure you know your allergy better than I do, but hey, this might work out okay. You see, I really love banana bread. I have a deep, passionate love of it. There’s just something about how warm it is, how well it keeps, and just really how homey it feels. Aww yiss, banana bread.

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This bread has received a lot of positive reviews! It’s not too sweet, but can still be a tasty dessert. It’s a good breakfast snack, both as regular ol’ bread and also as banana-chocolate-chip-french-toast (if you DO want to make it too sweet). It’s versatile and not-awful for you. It ships well too! I mailed a whole loaf to Alabama and it made it there intact. I am pro-bread. Yes. You don’t even need a mixer! 😀

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Ingredients

3 ripe to overripe bananas
1/3 cup melted coconut oil (I didn’t notice much of a difference between unrefined or refined)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg (OR: 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce for a vegan option)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, or a plastic gallon bag, or your preferred method, mash bananas until no/few lumps remain (you may prefer chunks of banana in your bread – I don’t know your life). Mix in coconut oil until well integrated. Add egg, vanilla, and sugar and mix to combine. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over batter. Add flour and combine, then fold in chocolate chips.

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Spray a 4×8 inch loaf pan with cooking spray/grease it in your preferred method, and pour in batter. Bake for one hour. Let cool before removing from pan. It would probably be best to wrap leftovers with saran wrap or tin foil.

Recipe notes: If you want to use 4 bananas instead of three, it is much chewier and even more moist, especially when combined with 1/3 cup applesauce instead of an egg. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.

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