banana bread with dark chocolate and walnuts

It’s about time I went food shopping…I think it’s been almost two weeks now. I mean, I still have plenty of food, but I’m in desperate need of some basics.

How did I find out that I desperately needed some basic food items? Well, what I did have laying around were three brown, speckly bananas…so that means banana bread!

Apparently, most banana recipes require milk…eggs…some call for yogurt…oops! Time to improvise!

I don’t think you could consider this “healthy”…except it does have fruit! Right? Fruit is great, and bananas have potassium! And chocolate makes you happy, so isn’t that what’s most important?

There can be a lot of variation with this recipe, I bet this would be great with a citrus flair, maybe some dried cranberries and orange peel? Cardamom and pistachios? White chocolate and almonds?

Banana Bread Recipe
2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar (I used regular white sugar, I’m sure brown would get a great flavor though!)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup half and half
6 tbsp butter
1 tbsp canola oil (or any other light, neutral tasting oil)
1 cup chocolate chunks (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

-Grease and flour a loaf pan, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
-Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the walnuts and chocolate (or whatever add-ins you decide on). Coating them with flour will help to prevent them from falling to the bottom of the batter.
-In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the sour cream, half and half, oil, and butter (melted and cooled). I used a stand mixer for this and beat it until nice and fluffy.
-Carefully fold in the dry ingredients. Make sure to mix it thoroughly, but not too much that you lose too much fluff.
-Pour the batter into your loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour. Check with a toothpick to make sure it’s done.

Overall, the bread was really moist and flavorful, and I’d definitely use this recipe again.