Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My older son is headed into pre-finals week of his second semester of college, and when I think about studying, I think about comfort food and care packages.  So, even though I personally hate all things banana, sometimes I have to take one for the team and make something that the men in my household love. “Dead week” is one of those times since both my boys LOVE this recipe – especially when you throw in some chocolate chips (of course, they think everything is better with chocolate chips, and they’re not wrong).  If you are a banana lover, make this your go-to recipe for banana bread. The expert banana bread eaters in my family guarantee you’ll love it. ~Tracy

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. stick butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ c. mashed ripe* banana (usually approx. 2 large or 3 medium bananas)
  • ½ c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mash bananas in small bowl until they form a sticky paste – set aside.

Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl.  Stir in eggs, one at a time, until well blended.  

Mix in bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Beat until smooth.

Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until all ingredients are mixed together.  

Gently fold in chocolate chips.

Pour mixture into two greased and floured loaf pans (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½).

Be sure oven rack is centered so that the tops of bread is positioned in the center of the oven.  Bake on 350°F for approximately 1 hour, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean (I start checking mine after about 50 minutes).  If tops begin to brown too much before done, loosely lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the loaves until they finish baking.  

When done, cool for approximately 10 minutes before removing from loaf pans. Cool completely before slicing.  

*Bananas are best for banana bread when the skin begins to blacken slightly and the bananas begin to feel somewhat mushy.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • • ½ c. stick butter, softened
  • • 2 large eggs
  • • 1 ½ c. mashed ripe* banana (usually approx. 2 large or 3 medium bananas)
  • • ½ c. buttermilk
  • • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • • 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
  • • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • • 1 tsp. salt
  • • 1 c. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mash bananas in small bowl until they form a sticky paste – set aside.
  3. Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
  4. Mix in bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
  5. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt just until all ingredients are mixed together.
  6. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour mixture into two greased and floured loaf pans (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½).
  8. Be sure oven rack is centered so that the tops of bread is positioned in the center of the oven. Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean (I start checking mine after about 50 minutes). If tops begin to brown too much before done, loosely lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the loaves until they finish baking.
  9. When done, cool for approximately 10 minutes before removing from loaf pans. Cool completely before slicing.

Notes

*Bananas are best for banana bread when the skin begins to blacken slightly and the bananas begin to feel somewhat mushy.

https://foursistersdish.com/2019/04/29/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/

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Tropical Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites

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The view from our rental.

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My husband and I just got back from an awesome beach vacation with some great friends, and I think I was trying to bring back a little of that ocean-side vibe when I started experimenting with these flavors.  Little did I know I was creating what would quickly become one of my very favorite Weight Watcher friendly items for breakfast or just a sweet treat. You won’t believe that these are only one point each.  They’re sweet, fruity, and melt-in-your-mouth fabulous.  If you have an air fryer (my favorite is this Go Wise Air Fryer)*, they reheat to perfection there with tasty caramelized edges. Mmmmm.  ~Erin

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Ingredients:
  • 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 c. very finely chopped carrots (use a food processor if available)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (5.3 oz.) container Dannon Light & Fit Greek 80 Calorie Yogurt – toasted coconut flavor
  • 1 1/4 c. self-rising flour
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Drain the pineapple of as much liquid as possible by pressing it with a rubber spatula through a strainer; transfer pineapple to a medium bowl.
  4. Mash banana and combine with pineapple; stir in chopped carrots, egg, and coconut yogurt until well combined.
  5. Stir in self-rising flour and cinnamon until just combined.
  6. Use a scoop to fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.
  7. Spray the tops with a bit of cooking spray to help them brown.
  8. Bake 25 minutes in a preheated oven or until light golden brown.

WW Freestyle Info.: This recipe makes 12 servings. One breakfast bite is 1 point; two breakfast bites are 3 points.

Tropical Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites

Tropical Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites

Ingredients

    Ingredients:
  • ~ 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • ~ 1 medium banana
  • ~ 1 c. very finely chopped carrots (use a food processor if available)
  • ~ 1 egg
  • ~ 1 (5.3 oz.) container Dannon Light & Fit Greek 80 Calorie Yogurt – toasted coconut flavor
  • ~ 1 1/4 c. self-rising flour
  • ~ ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ~ Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Drain the pineapple of as much liquid as possible by pressing it with a rubber spatula through a strainer; transfer pineapple to a medium bowl.
  4. Mash banana and combine with pineapple; stir in chopped carrots, egg, and coconut yogurt until well combined.
  5. Stir in self-rising flour and cinnamon until just combined.
  6. Use a scoop to fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.
  7. Spray the tops with a bit of cooking spray to help them brown.
  8. Bake 25 minutes in a preheated oven or until light golden brown.

Notes

Weight Watchers Info.: This recipe makes 12 servings. One Breakfast Bite is 1 SmartPoint, Two Breakfast Bites is 3 SmartPoints.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/06/26/tropical-carrot-cake-breakfast-bites/

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