Chunky Monkey Banana Bread

Like most kids, my kids are picky eaters. I have learned that if I give something a fun name then they will most likely try it. Thus was born the Chunky Monkey Banana Bread. This is a simple and quick prep kind of bread. I know it is so hard for me to get things prepped quick and in time to move on to the next activity. Most of the time I am working on more than one thing at a time and this recipe is great to do with kids. It is moist and great for a quick breakfast meal with a side of yogurt or fruit.

What will you need: Cooking Spray, Loaf Pan

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 tspBaking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 6 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs

First things first. You are going to want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

While your oven is preheating, spray your baking dish. Make sure it is completely coated.

In a medium size bowl combine all your dry ingredients. Flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. You want to sift the dry ingredients. This will make for a smoother batter.

Once combined you can set aside your dry ingredients. Now for the fun part my kids love! You want to peel and smash your ripe bananas. My kids love to really mash them into paste like mixture.

Set that aside and mix the sugar and butter together until fluffy.

On low speed you want to add one egg at a time.

Don’t forget to mix in the sides. We want this to be well blended.

Once well combined you can add the vanilla , banana and buttermilk. If you can’t find butter milk here is a simple way to make it. Combine 1/2 cup of milk and 2tsp of vinegar or lemon juice and let sit for 5 mins.

After all the wet ingredients are all combined, add the dry mixture. I suggest dividing the dry ingredients into 3 . This will evenly mix the wet and dry.

Once everything is combined I add the chocolate chips. At this point you can also add some chopped walnuts. I leave them out because my kids aren’t big fans of walnuts.

After everything is combined together place mixture in your baking dish. This mixture makes 2 loaves. Bake for 1hour and 19mins. Keep an eye after the 60min mark. Every oven is different and may change baking time.

After the your loaf or loaves are baked . Let sit for 5 mins. Then turn onto a cooling rack. Let cool for an hour.

After an Hour it is ready to cut and enjoy!

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