My family has a love/hate relationship with bananas.
My father LOVES them. My mother HATES them.
I’m grossly understating “HATES” in this context… she used to actually gag when trying to feed Zoe bananas when she was a toddler. No joke. Now, granted, she was feeding Zoe bananas, so her love for her grandchild outweighs her hatred of the fruit, but she used to actaully gag. Well, wouldn’t you if you despised the smell / texture / taste of bananas and then felt compelled to mash them in your fingers and feed it to a toddling 1 year old as a reward for learning how to walk. The word martyr comes to mind. You get the drift.
So my mom buys bananas for my father who insists on eating one everyday. I think they are his favorite fruit.
And, my father has taken to feeding my children bananas every morning. And when I say feeding, I mean he actually FEEDS them. He doesn’t put the banana slices on their plates. No. He feeds them the banana circles with chopsticks. Across the breakfast table! My girls are 7 and 5!!!
Side note… as I’m writing this I realize how crazy my family must sound. Please, everyone cross your fingers and toes in hopes that my girls don’t turn out as ridiculously neurotic as I am. After a few months in this house, we’re going to need all the help we can get.
So now, instead of shopping for one person’s banana obsession, my mom has started to buy enough bananas for 3 banana-crazy people. Except that my kids aren’t as consistent with their love of bananas. My kids demand more variety.
So, there are a bunch (tee hee) of bananas sitting on the counter, growing blacker and blacker everyday.
And since my mom won’t touch them (now that Zoe can walk) I figured I would make banana bread.
Not just any kind of banana bread – chocolate chip banana bread. Because…. Wel, just because.
And because I wanted to make this as quickly as possible (I had to run and pick up the girls from camp) I used Rachel Ray’s chocolate chip banana bread recipe.
More than half of the bread was gone before I was able to take a picture, And Zoe demanded it for snack,breakfast the next morning and then snack the next day.
So, overall a success. Even if I forgot about the baking bread for about 10 minutes. Oops.
Original Recipe from Rachel Ray.
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 bananas, mashed (1 cup mashed banana)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 loaf pan
- Pre-heat the oven to 350°F .
- Grease and flour a 8 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan (or use baking spray, such as Baker's Joy brand).
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs. Stir in the chocolate chips (do not overmix!) and pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 70-80 minutes. Cool the loaf in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely, right side up.
I used 4 bananas and didn't really measure them out. And even though I over-baked the bread a bit it came out delicious... so much so that I couldn't get a picture before it was more than 1/2 gone!
- Measure ingredients
- Prep loaf pan
- Mash bananas
- Mix ingredients together
- Lick the bowl