Ghadeer Laws
Upwork Family

Chocolate-Chip Banana Bread

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking. Most recently, my three-year-old daughter, Vera, has become my official sous chef. This recipe is the result of several attempts and a flour-filled kitchen. These are memories I will always think of as my daughter grows up.
<span-key>4</span-key> <span-value>very ripe bananas</span-value> <span-key>⅓ cup</span-key> <span-value>melted butter (salted or unsalted)</span-value> <span-key>1 tsp</span-key> <span-value>baking soda</span-value> <span-key>-</span-key><span-value>Pinch of salt</span-value> <span-key>¾ cup</span-key> <span-value>brown sugar (I prefer light brown sugar)</span-value> <span-key>1 tsp</span-key> <span-value>vanilla extract</span-value> <span-key>1</span-key> <span-value>large egg, beaten</span-value> <span-key>1 ½ cups</span-key> <span-value>all-purpose flour</span-value> <span-key>-</span-key><span-value>Milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can substitute with items like cranberries or walnuts)</span-value>

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Ingredients
Directions

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Preheat oven to 350°F/170°C.
In a medium mixing bowl, mash bananas until they are liquidy with some small chunks.
Add melted butter, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix together well.
Add beaten egg (you add this later to keep the warm melted butter from scrambling the egg).
Add flour ½ cup at a time, and mix until all flour is incorporated.
Fold in a big handful of chocolate chips (or whatever ingredients you choose).
Spray a bread loaf pan with cooking spray, pour the batter in, and add extra chocolate chips on top.
Place in oven for 45 minutes. The top should be cracked but slightly undercooked.
Let cool before you slice. Enjoy!</span-p>

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