Remember I told you Germany excels at carbs? Well, believe it or not, this recipe actually comes from the American side of the family. I have to admit - true to my German form - that I was a taaaad skeptical when D first started talking up this "banana bread". I mean, bread? With banana? In my mind I was picturing an open faced banana sandwich, and let's be real, that's a weird thing to be raving about... only to try the real thing and have it win me over completely and irrevocably at first bite.
It's soft and delicious and chocolatey and have I mentioned delicious? And totally worth planning for and shopping ingredients for, but between us, what is a banana bread's real moment to shine? (Rhetorical question.) Imagine two (or 3 or 4) sad looking brown soft little bananas sitting in a fruit bowl, thinking wow, this is pretty depressing, nobody wants us any more... Yeah, we've all been there. Enter the handful of leftover chocolate chips you may still have sitting around from the last time you baked, and... cue spotlight... chocolate banana bread! Nothing like giving a sad little banana a new purpose in life, am I right? So this morning, when I found myself in the exact situation I just described, there was really only one way today was going to end, and that was with a fresh loaf of the good stuff.
(Please note the ingredient list: this recipe is sugar and oil free! Basically like eating a salad (that has chocolate chips)).
What you need (1 loaf):
3/4 cup (100g) all purpose flour
3/4 cup (100g) whole wheat flour
1.5 cups of mashed banana (probably about 3 or 4 bananas)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
A handful of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C. Grease and flour two loaf pans.
Beat all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a large bowl until they come together, then fold in the chocolate chips. Pour into the loaf pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean - that should be about 50-60 minutes.
Take the banana bread out of the pan, let it cool completely (mmmmh ok fine, you can sneak ONE slice while it's still warm!) and enjoy!
It'll stay good tightly wrapped in aluminum foil for 4 days at room temperature or for up to 10 days in the fridge (but let's be honest, it won't last that long).