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Go Bananas

I usually always have bananas on hand for banana bread. How am I able to always have perfectly brown mushy bananas on hand? I keep them in the freezer. Whenever I am stuck with that one spotted banana that no one will eat I throw it in the freezer. I have quite a collection (some get pretty ugly and wrinkly but I still use them).

Here are my favorite banana bread recipes. The first one is adapted from Allrecipes. This is a yummy moist bread. The chocolate chips send it over the top!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (left side)

1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I have used vanilla flavored in a pinch)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas mashed (you will notice frozen bananas give off some liquid when they are thawing, I just stir them all up and put them in the batter)
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Combine oil, yogurt, egg, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once. Stir until just moistened. Fold in mashed bananas and chocolate chips. Pour into large loaf pan (or two smaller). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (less if you are making smaller loaves).

Now this is my slightly healthier version. It is really delicious too! You don’t miss anything with this recipe!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (right side)

1cup white flour
3/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (kosher)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas mashed
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Combine oil, yogurt, egg, vanilla, applesauce and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt all at once. Stir until just combined. Fold in mashed banana and chocolate chips. Pour into large loaf pan (or two smaller). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean(less if you are making smaller loaves).

Enjoy! Fall baking has begun!

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