Banana bread is one of my favourite things to bake. It's simple, quick, and makes the house smell wonderful. It's also so easy to adjust the flavour by adding in different mix-ins - chocolate chips, walnuts, coconut, berries - the possibilities are endless! I whipped this loaf up last week when I was craving something sweet. I changed up my original recipe (found here) with the addition of whole wheat flour. It makes the loaf slightly more dense but even more hearty. Banana bread is perfect addition to a rainy day like today when you really want to up your coziness levels.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 medium sized bananas, mashed
1 cup white all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Cream together the butter and white and brown sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well mixed. Stir in the mashed banana until combined.
In a separate bowl whisk together the white and whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture into the banana mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top. Bake for 55 minutes to an hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserted. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.