Valerie’s Banana Bread

When it comes to banana bread, there is one particular recipe that stands out from the rest. It is sooo delicious and you can’t go wrong. Moist and fluffy with a perfect dose of chocolate chips, it’s perfect for a snack, to go along with your supper, or even as a light dessert.

I got the recipe from my cousin, Valerie, after she made an amazing loaf of it for our family for Christmas. Yup! It makes a great gift too! Who doesn’t like banana bread?

When I made it, I was juggling making banana bread and baking Monster Cookies (another amazing recipe I should post). I was tired and just trying to get my scattered brain to focus and get things done in an orderly manner. Before I knew it, the bread was in the pans and in the oven, and I thought to myself with a jolt, “Why, how on earth did it go that fast?” While it takes a little longer than most breads to bake, the actual time spent putting it together is quite minimal.

Valerie’s Banana Bread

Ingredients for baking

(preheat oven to 325)

Cream together:

1 ¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup oil

Beat in:

3 cups (about 6) mashed bananas

4 large eggs

4  teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine dry ingredients and stir into the first mixture just until moistened:

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Fold in: (optional)

1 – 1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

Pour batter into 2 or 3 greased and floured loaf pans (9x5x3). Cover loosely with a tent of aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 20-30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted tests done. Do not over bake. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pans and cool banana bread completely.

It’s just that easy!

1-2-3 and it’s done! A promised delicious result!

 

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