UPDATED: 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!
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 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.
Here is the banana bread recipe - I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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