Fresh baked banana bread is one of my favorite smells…….especially when it’s blended with the scent of freshly brewed coffee on a sunny weekend morning. This recipe is based off of my Great Grandma Bessie’s with the addition of bittersweet chocolate to appease my sweet tooth!
Chocolate Walnut Banana Bread
- 3 large over ripe bananas, mashed with a fork until only small lumps remain
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
- 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1.5 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. In mixer bowl, whip together butter and sugars until evenly combined and mixture gets a slightly whipped look. Add eggs one at time then the vanilla extract. Whip on low for 1 minute. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and soda, and salt. Whisk together until all lumps are removed. Add 1/3 of flour mixture to mixer bowl and mix on low speed. Add 1/3 of banana mixture and continue mixing. Repeat until all flour and banana mixture is used. Add walnuts and dark chocolate. mix just until combined. Pour mixture into 2 greased and floured bread loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until bread is fully set on top and cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and let rest in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pans and continue cooking on wire rack. Enjoy!