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Moist Banana Bread with Nuts and Chocolate Chips

Ever have a bunch of bananas that get softer than you like to eat them? Don't throw them away! Seriously. If you enjoy banana breads that you've had at cafe's or bakeries, you will love your own homemade, moist, delicious banana bread that's easy as pie! (I don't know where that expression came from, pies are NOT easy to make...)



Items Needed:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons or 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 5 or 6 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate chips

Secret Ingredient
  • 1 cup Lowfat Vanilla Yogurt

Tools
  • 2 medium sized bread loaf baking pans, greased and floured
  • 2 large bowls

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the sugar and better in a large mixing bowl until light and flyffy. Add one egg at a time and beat them thoroughly.

In another large bowl mash up the peeled bananas with a potato masher or large fork. Add in the milk, cinnamon, and yogurt and mix well. Add this to the first bowl and stir in. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix this just until the flour disappears. Too much mixing can cause a bread to come out too tough and dense. Fold in the nuts and chocolate chips just until well distributed.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking pans and bake in the oven about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Check the bread with a toothpick as different ovens, different pans, and different altitudes can yield different baking results.

After the bread is done, set pans out to cool for 15 minutes before removing. To remove the bread from the pan, simply invert over a cooling rack. if they stick at all just use a butter knife to scrape along the edges of the pan, although if you greased and floured the pan well, this shouldn't be an issue. You can slice it up while it's still warm or wait for it to completely cool. It's delicious either way!

Serves really well warm with just some butter, or plain, or even a little peanut butter. If you love warm banana bread, when returning to this decadent loaf of bread, simply put 2 slices in the microwave for 10 seconds before you eat it. Mmmm.

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