I have a plethora of bananas in my freezer at all times, probably because I like buying those big bundles of bananas at the grocery store and can never eat them fast enough. I’m very picky when it comes to bananas – they need to be perfectly ripe, otherwise I won’t eat them. I like them when they just turn from green to yellow, when they’re still a little tangy. Once the skin starts to brown and they go soft…no thanks. I stick them in my freezer instead so I’m always able to whip up some banana bread when I’m craving it.
Which is often, especially at a time like this when the seasons start to change and the weather gets a little cooler. I like to have a loaf of banana bread on my counter at all times; when one loaf gets eaten, I make another, then another, and so on. A slice of banana bread is the perfect on-the-go breakfast, and incredibly satisfying on those happy mornings when I wake up extra early to hit the gym before work. (Which doesn’t happen as often as I’d like anymore, thanks to the pooch!
And also I’m lazy.)
I first started out with a classic recipe from the Joy of Cooking, but over the years I’ve modified it to my own personal tastes. I’ve tried additions of pecans, raisins, zucchini and even coconut, but this combination of walnuts and chocolate chips is my absolute favourite.
This recipe produces a loaf that’s dense but incredibly moist and full of flavour. If you take your bananas straight from the freezer, let them thaw until they are a mushy consistency. If you’re using bananas from your counter, make sure they’re as ripe as you can get them, and mash them as best you can. The hardest part is waiting for the loaf to bake, since it makes the house smell amazing!
|Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Bread|| || |
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¾ stick of butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a loaf pan; set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar and butter until fluffly. Add in eggs, bananas and vanilla, beating until smooth.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in 3 parts, mixing until smooth after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
1½ cups confectioner's sugar
2½ Tbsp milk
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter, melted
Mix all ingredients until creamy. Drizzle over bread and let harden for 20 minutes.