The fact that I don’t cook has become somewhat of a joke in our family.
It is no exaggeration, though. My husband prepares 95 percent of our meals (including my lunch every day), and I’m not the least bit embarrassed to admit it. It’s not that I can’t cook; I simply prefer not to.
In fact, we moved into our new home two months ago and today was my first time using the stove. I couldn’t even figure out how to turn it on without cussing. But, I had a hankering for chocolate chip banana bread, so I was determined to make it work.
I love banana bread — it’s one of the few things I actually enjoy baking — and it’s incredibly easy to make.
The recipe I use is adapted from Simply Recipes. It yields a beautiful, golden brown, and ultra-moist bread with a rich banana flavor and plenty of chocolate chips. While it doesn’t necessarily fit the high-protein, low-sugar diet I have been enjoying for the last four weeks, it is definitely worth the cheat.
Since my husband and I enjoy this sweet treat so much, I am sharing my chocolate chip banana bread recipe with you below!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Cook time: 50 minutes | Yield: 1 Loaf
- 3 ripe bananas, peeled
- 1/3 cup melted butter (we use Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 cup if you prefer less chocolate)
Tip: Freeze your chocolate chips for several hours before you make this bread. This will help prevent some melting while the bread bakes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and grease loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Peel bananas. In a mixing bowl, mash bananas with fork until smooth. Stir in melted butter.
- Mix in baking soda, sugar, beaten egg, vanilla extract, and flour.
- Toss in chocolate chips and combine into batter.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for approximately 50 minutes at 350°F, or until a tester (such as a toothpick) inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool in pan for a few minutes, then remove bread from pan and cool completely before serving.