I thought I’d give you a hug – in chocolaty banana bread form – on this Monday morning. Even though I don’t work out of the house, I occasionally get a case of the Mondays.
Who doesn’t, right?!
Anyway, I’m not suggesting that you eat your emotions; but let’s be honest, knowing there’s something this delicious waiting for you at the end of a tiring day has the ability to make the first day of the workweek go by just a little quicker.
This bread – in my opinion – most definitely qualifies as dessert. It’s sweet, cakey, and chock full of chocolate chips. If you feel so inclined, you could indulge in a slice for breakfast, but I think it’s better suited for an after-meal sweet treat; especially when it’s toasted to crispy perfection and served with a scoop of ice cream.
Regardless of what time of day or night you eat it, you’re going to love this bread… and hopefully it will make you Monday a bit more tolerable.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert breakfast snack banana chocolate cake
Ingredients (1 loaf)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 3 medium-sized bananas)
- 1/3 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil (I used safflower oil)
- 1/2 cup unrefined granulated sugar, such as evaporated cane juice
- 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg, preferably organic
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk mashed bananas, oil, both sugars, egg, and vanilla extract until well-combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden tester (or toothpick) inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let sit in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.