Here is my simple, delicious recipe for chocolate chip banana bread. I like to make mini loaves of this bread for hostess gifts or to add to Holiday gift baskets. Another idea: Wrap a half dozen of these in plastic wrap and then wrap in a tea towel. Tie closed with a pretty ribbon. Place on a tea tray along with a tin of tea, a jar of sugar and spice honey butter, a copy of the tea loaf recipe, some pretty napkins and a few taper candles tied together with raffia or twine. Wrap the entire gift with clear cellophane and tie the top with another pretty ribbon or more raffia.
~Chocolate Chip Banana Tea Loaf~
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, Combine:
1 cup softened butter
1 cup sour cream
2 cups sugar
6 ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Mix well. Add:
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Mix until just combined. Add:
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips and mix to combine.
Pour into two 9×5 loaf pans that have been sprayed with Baker’s Joy (or buttered and floured.)
Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaves comes clean.