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Grandma’s Banana Bread

Sometimes I get urges to bake. Sometimes it’s small, like a batch of cookies or cinnamon rolls. Other times it’s urges to bake a giant dark chocolate cake with 8 layers and thick, glossy chocolate icing. When this “gotta-bake-a-big-cake” urge hit me on Saturday, I decided to curb it by whipping up something I knew would satisfy my chocolate craving, and also be a bit healthier – Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Now this is no regular banana bread recipe. This one is my grandma’s – so I don’t mess around. There is something about baking a long time family favourite… I remember the smell of this banana bread could bring you into the kitchen from any room in the house. Over the years my grandma’s recipe has never wavered from the original, but since I like to experiment, I added a sprinkle of cinnamon & nutmeg… it gives it a subtle kick… but don’t tell my grandma.

Grandma’s Banana Bread

only ever-so-slightly adapted from my grandma’s

1/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar (white or brown)
3 mashed bananas
1 egg
2 tbsp Miracle Whip
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Sprinkle of nutmeg & cinnamon
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350C.
2. Soften butter and whip sugar into butter.
3. Add bananas, egg, miracle whip
4. Beat thoroughly.
5. Mix together dry ingredients, then slowly add to wet mixture until well incorporated.
6. Stir in chocolate chips.
7. Pour into load pan and bake for 60 min.

Do you have a family favourite that your grandma used to make?

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