Arlene’s Banana Bread

“What should we do today?”

“I dunno, go on an adventure?”

Guess what we decided on for our adventure! We made banana bread. And it was adventurously delicious.

20140920_29 When my roommate and I arrived at the conclusion that we wanted to make banana bread, I was feeling extremely lazy and had resigned to the fact that we could just hop on over to Trader Joe’s for a “just add water” boxed mix. And believe me; there is nothing wrong with those trusty TJ’s mixes. My roommate, however, volunteered her mom’s classic recipe.

Banana bread isn’t necessarily one of those delicate, beautiful desserts that “look too good to eat,” (and our version was no exception) but it is quite delicious and satisfying.

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We stayed pretty close to the recipe since banana bread is hard to get too crazy with before it turns into something completely different. Arlene knows what she’s doing! We may have over-baked them slightly, but I actually enjoy a little bit of a crisp on the outside. We have decided that our oven may run a little hotter than others.
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Arlene’s Banana Bread

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 ½ cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1½ cups Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350° F and spray mini bread tins with non-stick cooking spray. Combine butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend bananas, sour cream, and vanilla in a blender until smooth. Add both mixtures together, and then sift in dry ingredients. Add in chocolate chips once the mixture is well incorporated. Bake for 50–60 minutes. Makes 8–10 mini loaves.

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Our recipe used the same directions, but the ingredients as follows:

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 ½ cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1½ cups Chocolate Chips

Once again, you’ll see an attempt to make this recipe “healthy.” That was slightly intentional, but we also didn’t have butter or sour cream, so we used the next best option for both. Either way, the banana bread was flavorful, soft, and everything else you could want from banana bread.

20140920_28And here is a picture of my lovely roommate who helped… We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Happy Baking!

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