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Ahhh…. the day of love is here! Hopefully you have somebody or something special in your life to celebrate Valentine’s Day with. Today is supposed to be all about heart shaped cookies, pancakes, and pizzas, and here I am posting banana bread! There’s a reason…. I’m posting this lovely banana bread recipe in memory of my Momma. She used to make a mean loaf of banana bread and today, it has been exactly one month since she suddenly passed away in her sleep.
When I was growing up, my mom went out of her way to make sure that the holidays were special in our house. Even the “little” holidays like Valentine’s Day and St. Patricks Day got special attention. She’d decorate the house from top to bottom for every.single.holiday. and always made sure to do something fun so that they were memorable. Now that I’m an adult, I realize what effort it must have taken her to plan ahead and make sure my siblings and I enjoyed the day and the days leading up to all the holidays. Ahh…what a Mom I was blessed with!
Anyhow, back to this banana bread. Unfortunately I don’t have her recipe, but this one is close! One of the main differences is the addition of a very important ingredient, and if you’ve tried this recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins, you likely have a good idea as to what that ingredient is…. chocolate! My Mom always made traditional banana bread, but I couldn’t help myself when the thought popped into my head that chocolate would be a fabulous addition! Banana bread is such an easy recipe to bake, you really can’t mess it up… unless you don’t bake it long enough! Make sure to stick a toothpick in the center to check for doneness before pulling it out of the oven. If you take it out too soon and the center isn’t cooked all the way, the middle of the loaf will sink in. I’m speaking from experience here! ;)
PS: Add walnuts if you wish…. I belong to the “nuts ruin breads and most desserts” camp, therefore I steer clear of walnuts with this banana bread!
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ll leave you with a valentine, from me to you…. I love you ALL more than cupcakes! Particularly, I love you more than Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting (so.good… and shown below). Have a great day everyone!
- 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable/canola oil
- 31/2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and prep a loaf pan by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- With your mixer, beat eggs, brown sugar, and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in vanilla, and slowly drizzle in oil, while mixing on low.
- Stir in bananas, and sour cream.
- Combine dry ingredients with the wet and mix until all the ingredients are blended well.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture in loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes-1 hour, or until the bread is cooked through. Poke the bread with a tooth pick in the center to check for doneness.
Recipe adapted from
Flour’s Famous Banana Bread