Day 11 ‘Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips’

After yesterday’s failure I felt like treating my family to something delicious but not too fancy. A cake that can be done in one bowl, bakes in 45 minutes and you truly enjoy every single bite of. Also, knowing that we must have already consumed few kilograms of sugar, between now and 1st day of the challenge, I thought of using slightly different sweetening agent for change.

Time for Banana Bread! Obviously I wouldn’t miss the opportunity of adding some chocolate chips- and who was worried about sugar just second ago, sorry?!

Banana bread is the one that disappears in a blink of an eye in my house. There is very few cakes that we don’t feel fed up with after having few slices but this is definitely one of them. What’s its secret? I solely believe that it’s down to its delicious simplicity. It doesn’t ‘aspire’ to be anything else than it actually is. Quite frankly, it doesn’t have the best looks, but when you bite into it, sweetness of banana paired with gooey bites of chocolate explode in your mouth.

Original Recipe Banana Bread

bananas (overripe)- 3-4 medium
sugar (optional)- 1/2 cup (I do not add extra sugar)
egg- 1 unit
vanilla extract- 1 tbsp
vegetable oil- 1/4 cup
all purpose flour- 1 1/2 cups
baking powder- 1 1/4 tsp
baking soda- 1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon- 1/2 tsp
salt- 1/8 tsp
chocolate chips- 1 cup (I like to use dark chocolate, chopped in random size pieces)

1.Mash the bananas with fork or food processor (I like to leave chunks but you can make sure that they are completely mashed). Whisk in the sugar, vanilla and vegetable oil. 
2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon into the bowl and fold all ingredients together. Add chocolate and mix until batter forms. 
3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking form. Bake for 40-45 minutes on 180°C.
4. Take out from the oven, let cool and decorate with chocolate, powdered sugar or just enjoy as it is!

We all have our ways of eating it. Ideally, I would eat the cake right after taking it out from the oven, still slightly warm. Warm enough to keep chocolate chips a bit runny. Nico on the other hand, likes to munch on it before going to sleep with a glass of cold milk… My friend enjoys it the most with cup of afternoon tea. 

No matter how you have it and what time, it becomes the highlight of the day!  If that’s not the perfect definition of comfort food, then I don’t know what is! 

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