Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana "Bread"

Bread or cake? Bread or cake? This Chocolate Chip Banana "Bread" is a delicious, baffling little concoction that has the flavor of banana bread, the texture of cake/muffins, and some extra treats like chocolate chips and chopped pecans. It's light, flavorful and makes your house smell beyond amazing when you bake it. It can be a dessert or a sweet breakfast bread, because bottom line - it's just really good. I like to make it when I have over purchased bananas like I did this week, and forget to use them because you've been at fabulous Rancho Loma getting engaged! (It's been a pretty good weekend people! I have much more to blog on an amazing dinner we had there later).  Back to the business at hand. I was also trying to find a way to use up the Guittard chocolate chips I used in the brownies last week or week before last, so I don't just keep eating them from the bag in handfuls. This is so easy and takes about 1.5 hours to make from start to finish. Get the delicious, easy recipe after the jump!

Chocolate Chip Banana "Bread" 
You will need:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 T heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups cake flour 
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use Guittard)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. First, cream the granulated sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until fluffy.

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas vigorously with a fork. With a hand mixer on low speed, stir in the cream, vanilla and cinnamon. In a third bowl, mix together the remaining dry ingredients: cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and beat on medium speed about 30 seconds, or until well combined.  Slowly add the dry ingredients, and continue to beat on low speed until just incorporated.  Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips by hand.

Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Enjoy warm or let cool. I usually like warm so I can eat the bread with the melty chocolate chips!


  1. i really want to try this recipe.. thanks for the post..

  2. Hi, try it and let me know what you think! To me, it's good to make for a group, because it's really the very best warm and just out of the oven. That being said, I wouldn't turn down a slice a day or two later. You can also use a square "brownie" style pan, just keep an eye on it in the oven so you don't over/underbake.