What do you do when the bananas start going brown?
Apparently, not wipe the table. But that’s another story… what I do is whip up the BEST BANANA BREAD ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Aka Fatty’s Banana Bread (Fatty referring to the banana bread only of course). This is a recipe my dear friend Nina Viswanathan gave me over a decade ago. And believe me, Nina KNOWS her banana bread. It’s very easy to make!
Want to try it?
Gather these ingredients:
But wait, something’s missing! The most important ingredient.
I keep a bag of chocolate chips in my baking drawer but they sure weren’t here today when I looked. I need to find a better hiding spot. Luckily Trader Joe’s is 3 blocks from me so I threw Bea under my arm and strode down there.
3 over-ripe bananas
1 stick butter (D’OH!)
1 c sugar
1.5 c flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/2 to 1 c chocolate chips
First: preheat oven to 350
(I can’t believe I took a picture of that!)
& lightly grease a loaf pan.
Mash bananas in a medium to large bowl.
Don’t use a fork for this. Trust me.
Ahhh, that’s better.
Add melted butter & egg and combine well. I actually used a hand mixer but was unable to photograph it as my free hand was holding the bowl while batter splattered across my shirt.
Sift together flour, salt & baking soda, then slowly combine with wet ingredients. Full disclosure: I never sift together the dry ingredients – I just start adding things to the wet. I know it’s not the “right” way to do it but have you seen my sifter? Talk about a hand cramp.
Now add the chocolate chips. People: go for the full cup. You won’t regret it!
Oooooooooo just look at them…
Combine. And not with a spatula.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.
Here it is from another angle in case you can’t get enough!
Thanks, Nina. This “bread” has brought so much joy to so many!
- 3 over-ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 stick butter – melted
- 1.5 c flour
- 1 c sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 c chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mash bananas in a large bowl.
- Add melted butter & egg. Combine. (By hand or with mixer.)
- Add sugar & mix.
- Combine dry ingredients (salt, baking soda & flour) and slowly add to wet ingredients while mixing.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into buttered loaf pan & place in oven for 50-60 minutes. Top will get quite dark – stick a thin knife in. It should come out mostly clean.