Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

A Few Words…

It doesn’t matter how healthy I eat at home or that I try to make better choices when eating out, the fact remains that I love sweets.

And my family likes to eat sweets too! Is the answer to not have any in my house? NO! So, when I bake, I really try to healthify (my made up word!) my recipes, without compromising on the taste. My Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf never lasts more than an hour in my house!

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different flours. Sometimes I use 1/2 a cup each of white flour, whole wheat flour and spelt flour. I find that spelt flour really gives it a nice texture and smooth taste. Not all flours can be easily replaced when baking, like gluten free ones. Substituting gluten free flours, while doable, are a little more complicated and can alter the texture of baked goods so do a little research on this first.

But whatever combination that you do – don’t forget the chocolate chips!! Delicious with a bit of white chocolate chips too!

Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf



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Makes 12 Servings (but it depends on who’s slicing!)
Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (I always freeze over ripe bananas for baking and thaw them before mashing)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (You can use vanilla flavored, I like using plain Greek Yogurt!)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup dark or semi sweet mini chocolate chips, plus a few to sprinkle on top before baking (I added an extra 1/4 cup of mini white chocolate chips)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F and put one of the racks in the middle of the oven. Line a loaf pan (9 x 5 inches approximately) with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl mix bananas, yogurt and baking soda with a hand mixer and set aside. The mixture will bubble a little. Clean the beaters and in another small bowl beat the egg, sugar, oil and vanilla until frothy.

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips in a large bowl.

Add the banana mixture to the sugar/oil mixture and combine well. Add this to the dry ingredients and stir together just until moistened.

Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes in the middle of the oven. Insert a cake tester after 40 minutes and if it doesn’t comes out clean, bake for another 2-3 minutes until it’s ready!