This is a family recipe that I make and give away every Christmas. Everyone seems to love it so it's a great homemade gift. Here are a few notes to go along with the recipe:
- I store up my too-brown bananas in the freezer so I always have them ready. And sometimes, throughout the year, I'll make it when I have too many ripe bananas.
- I make it in big batches so I have several small loaves to giveaway.
- It comes out perfect every time in my Pampered Chef Stoneware Mini Loaf Pan (which makes 4 small loaves).
- I wrap them in plastic wrap, foil, and then slip them into a cute holiday cellophane bag, which I tie with ribbon and attach a tag too!
So, without further adieu, here's the recipe (and you can also download it!)
Banana (Nut) Chocolate Chip Bread From the kitchen of Nicole Bennett (from Mom!) Makes 2 large or 4-5 small loaves
2 bananas cut & mashed –about 1 C. (I keep overripe ones in the freezer to use- just thaw in microwave and mash) 1 1/8 C. sugar 1/2 C. OJ 2 eggs 1/4 C. butter 1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour (I use half white, half wheat) 1/8 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1 C. Chocolate chips (1 C. walnuts or other nuts)
Beat together first set of ingredients with electric mixer. Then add all at once (mix in separate bowl) second set of ingredients. Then add chips and nuts (optional). Don’t overmix! Grease pans, and pour batter into pans.
Bake at 350∞ 45-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool before removing from pans. Wrap in plastic wrap, then foil. May eat (store in fridge), freeze or give away!!
*This is my contribution to the Food edition of the Holidays by Hand carnival!*
What's your favorite food item to give away (or receive!)?