Sunday night and I was wondering what I could make for the family to snack on during the week. I like to have a sweet snack for work lunches and kids snacks when they get home from school. Banana bread is the perfect choice! I’ve been using a base recipe for this banana bread for the past 2 years. I’ve made so many adjustments and tweaks that I think it’s safe to say it’s my own recipe now.
Here’s the recipe for Banana Bread with walnuts and dark chocolate chips. If you remove the walnuts, this is a perfect snack for kids to pack for school lunches! If you decide to try it, please come back and let me know how it goes. Also, feel free to share any of your own changes.
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
6 to 7 very ripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup sour cream
3 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (split in two parts)
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Butter 2 loaf pans (9 by 5 by 3), and dust with flour.
3. Stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt into a bowl.
4. Using a stand mixer (large bowl) beat together the eggs and sugar at medium-high speed until very thick, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce speed to low and slowly add oil and melted butter, then mix in sour cream, bananas, and vanilla. Remove bowl from mixer. Fold in flour mixture, 1/2 of the walnuts and chocolate chips.
5. Pour equal portions into the two pans. Sprinkle the remaining walnuts evenly over both pans.
6. Bake on the middle rack until golden brown and a toothpick or skewer comes out clean, 1 hour (test and add 5 to 10 minutes if needed).
7. Cool the banana bread in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cooling rack and let cool completely.
I hope you enjoy the banana bread as much as my family does.