chocolate chunk banana bread on white plate with bananas on the side

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread!

Just add 1/2 cup chocolate chunk bits to the batter and slather on some yummy cream cheese frosting.

Banana bread is real comfort food, chock full of sweet bananas, sugar and crunchy walnuts it satisfies on so many levels! My mother-in-law was an amazing baker and I’ve used her recipe for years, and shared it with so many of my friends.

I like to have a slice after dinner, slightly warmed and spread with butter, it almost melts in my mouth!    I’m one of those people who always has at least 5 or 6 frozen black bananas in the freezer, I just can’t throw them out when the over ripen.  Sometimes I use them in smoothies,and banana chocolate chip pancakes are the bomb!

banana bread

Recently I’ve been itching to bake some copycat recipes and Starbucks was at the top of the list! Their banana bread is so moist and delicious  I don’t know how anyone can resist! So I’m making a copycat version using a recipe I found on food.com – a great recipe database.  I mixed it up a bit by adding an extra banana, so that means 4 large bananas instead of 3.

banana bread

 

Banana Bread is a quick bread or a no yeast bread and just like muffins, requires a light hand when mixing.  In fact you really don’t mix at all – more like folding the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients.  Over mixing might give you a nice smooth batter, but I can guarantee your Banana Bread will be dry and tough.  And that would be just so disappointing!  So lesson here is to treat your batter lovingly and gently mix it together.

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Here is the banana bread recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread (Copycat)
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe medium-large bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts in addition to 1/2 cup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
  3. Blend the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. Mix the egg, sugar, and vegetable oil until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and when blended, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas; mix well.
  6. Fold 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Top the batter with remaining 1/3 cup of walnuts.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Recipe Notes
I found that by adding the extra banana I needed to bake the Banana Bread for the full 60 minutes - check your oven - times will vary.

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