I had a lot of bananas getting ripe lying in the kitchen this week. And other than making sweet banana parathas or banana muffins that I usually make in such scenarios, I started searching for something different this time. Something not so elaborate, simple yet amazingly yummy and easy to cook since I was in no mood to have an elaborate baking session. Found this really yummy and super easy recipe and the best part is - it was all done in one bowl and in a jiffy. No mixer needed. No seperating dry ingredients from wet and then combining them gradually. No melting things in a pan and then adding to this mix. Nothing. Just a hearty, one bowl dish that is great for a breakfast or a snack or even a dessert. So here goes - the one bowl chocolate chip banana bread recipe.
3 ripe bananas (4 if using small yellaki bananas)
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup of walnuts (coarsely chopped)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8″x5″ (or similar size) loaf pan with baking spray (the kind with flour in it) and set aside.
2. In a large bowl mash the bananas until completely smooth. Stir in the melted butter until smooth.
3. Add the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, salt, cinnamon powder and flour and stir until the batter is thick and combined.
4. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts (if using) then pour/scoop the batter into a lined or greased loaf pan.
5. Bake for 50 minute to 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks:
1. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking for a pretty presentation.
2. You can try using half chocolate chips, half toffee bits
3. You can opt out of the chocolate chips completely for a basic banana bread
4. Swirl in some peanut butter before baking for a fun twist
5. Mix in 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans for a nutty flavor
This comes out of the oven smelling so heavenly that one cannot resist digging into it while it is still warm. I can bet you this will happen each time you bake it. Here is how mine turned out just yesterday.
Recipe adapted from I Wash You Dry