Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of the same old recipes and I want to step outside the proverbial box and make something new. Yesterday was one of those days. I was watching a friend’s little girl all day and thought it would be a great time to scan my pantry and see what ingredients I had that I could throw together to make something yummy. I went to AllRecipes.com and did a search by Ingredients. I had 5 overripe bananas that I hated to waste. I also had 2 half bags of chocolate chips and about 1/3 of a bag of chopped walnuts. I typed these ingredients in the ingredient search menu and came up with this Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe.
Two things I really love about All Recipes is that you can do an ingredient search based on what you already have in your house. Plus, you can see what the reviews are on the recipes that come up from your search. If it’s a 5 star recipe and there are a bunch of reviewers, you know it’ll turn out good. This particular Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe has 495 reviews and 5 stars. Can’t go wrong with that!
So here’s the recipe:
- - 1 cup shortening
- - 2 cups white sugar
- - 2 eggs
- - 2 T mayonnaise
- - 6 very ripe bananas, mashed
- - 3 cups all-purpose flour
- - 1/2 t salt
- - 1 t baking powder
- - 2 t baking soda
- - 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in the mayonnaise and bananas. Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Blend the flour mixture into the banana mixture; stir just enough to evenly combine. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 to 75 minutes. Cool loaf in the pan for 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make sure that you insert a toothpick into the center of each loaf of bread before taking them out of the oven. Mine were brown way before the center was cooked through.
They turned out REALLY good!! Only thing was, I had my friend’s little girl taste-test it. She is almost 3 and is a very polite little taste-tester, but as soon as she put the bite in her mouth, her expression changed to ‘I really don’t think I like this’ and then she said ‘I done’. Aw, at least she tried it.
victim taste-tester was my husband. He is a banana bread snob and will only eat his family’s banana bread recipe. He tried it and loved it. He almost finished the first loaf this morning for breakfast. Score!
Then my 7 year old son came home from school. He is the pickiest eater I know and does not like bananas. I told him it was chocolate chip bread. I didn’t mention the 5 bananas in it. He took one bite and said ‘I don’t like it’ and he walked away. Typical. He detected the bananas immediately.
So, with that said, if you like banana bread, you’ll love this recipe. If you don’t, you won’t.
So, next time you’re hitting your head against a wall trying to figure out what the heck to make for dinner or dessert or whatever, and you just don’t feel like leaving the house to go buy the ingredients, go to AllRecipes.com and type in the ingredients you already have in your house to find some really good recipes. It’s a great way to use up what you already have in the house and to try something new.