“Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now”
So the entire time I was making this crazy good bread I couldn’t stop singing Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes”. I had those nearly rotten bananas on my brain all day and every time I thought about them and what they would become (other than trash) I kept singing that silly little song. And then I kept thinking about what a complete contradiction it is to my weekend routine, although I think that Drew would like for me to take a few pointers from ole Jack and his little ditty, buta in true Amanda Hardin fashion, no matter the day nor time time of day, I am on the go. So anyway, I digress……On a random Wednesday afternoon that I decided to take off of work, I am neither going to sit around and relax like a normal human being, nor wait around for someone to make me banana pancakes. Sorry, Jack, “I can’t see”, so those lovely extra ripe bananas got to make their big comeback to our table in the form of moist, delicious banana chocolate chip bread. Earlier that day I “swore off sweets” in anticipation of an upcoming “thing” for which I need to look my personal best, but alas through the conspiracy of my recipe creating brain and I’m sure some fault of Jack Johnson, I couldn’t resist making these adorable little loaves of love! So with that, Jack, I’m going to “pretend it all the time” that there are zero calories in this bread and that it literally slides off my love handles instead of giving me a little more unwarranted love.
- 3-4 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl with a wooden spoon, mix together melted butter with mashed bananas. Add sugar, beaten egg and vanilla and mix. Add baking soda and salt and stir to mix in. Mix in the flour 1/2 cup at a time and stir to combine. Once fully mixed, stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into 3-greased mini loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (I like to finish on the side of slightly done for a moister bread.) Remove from oven and cool on a rack or serve warm with butter or vanilla ice cream for a tasty dessert.
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Translation – “I love you, everybody!”
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