Chocolate chip banana bread

I started my maternity leave a little earlier than I expected due to struggling with pelvic pain. I’m a bit gutted I didn’t make it to my leave date but I’m already feeling so much better.

I’m spending a lot of time resting but it does get flippin boring at times.

So the other day after having a bit of a tidy round in the kitchen, I noticed we had far too many bananas which were likely to go uneaten.

I had a quick check of the cupboard supplies and realised we had everything to make a banana loaf and chocolate chips to boot! I was hoping I still had some walnuts which I would normally have thrown into the mix too but I was all out.

Ingredients for this loaf are:

4 ripe bananas

250g caster sugar

2 eggs

150g butter

250g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

100g milk chocolate chips

(If you have them throw in a handful of chopped walnuts)

Icing sugar to dust on the top

I started by mashing the bananas with the caster sugar using a fork forming a gloopy paste (yum)

I then cracked in the eggs and used an electric whisk to make sure everything was combined

Once the eggs were thoroughly incorporated I added the softened butter and whisked away again

Once the butter is completely mixed in and the mixture is quite light and airy (about 2 mins) I stopped whisking and started to add the dry ingredients

Put the whisk away now and instead grab a spatula or wooden spoon and fold the dry ingredients into the mix.

Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and pour into a greased and lined loaf tin

The loaf takes between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 mins to cook. I’ve often found with banana bread that the texture is very moist even when it is fully cooked. When checking it with a cocktail stick/ fork, as long as it comes out clean then it is ready.

I allowed the cake to cool in the tin so as not to break it. (Sadly the lovely dome it had when it came out of the oven dropped.) I then dusted it with icing sugar and wrapped it up to take to my friends house for dessert

We had it with Halo Top Cinnamon Roll ice cream and it was Flippin’ lovely!

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