- 3 bananas
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- grated peel from one orange
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mash the bananas, and then mix in sugar in a mixer.
- Add egg and butter. Mix well.
- Blend in orange peel.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Add flour mixture to banana mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x5x3 bread pan..Bake for 55-60 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
. before & after
As I was thinking of something to make this week, I came across all our cookbooks. Christmas baking, vegetarian meals, Crane School cookbook…My favorite one is our Cold Spring School class cookbook from first grade, “My Mom Makes the Best…”. Our class each contributed a recipe and put it into a cookbook as a mother’s day gift. 10 years later and I’m still using it because it has the best recipes – including this tasty banana bread! I’ve made this recipe many times, and I love it. I don’t think I’ve used any other banana bread recipe, considering we’ve had this one since first grade. Bake it for a picnic, holiday, gift, or for yourself – it’s perfect all around!
This recipe has something you don’t normally see in banana bread, and that is orange zest. It makes it soo yummy and is a great flavor to add. Just make sure you use enough so you can taste it! Also, I used chocolate chips in my bread because in my opinion they’re way better than walnuts. The original recipe calls for walnuts, so you can always use those, or even both. I ended up baking this bread for exactly 55 minutes, and it came out perfect. I love how the outer parts get toasted so there is a little crust.
Just a note: keep an eye on the timer, because you don’t want to overbake the bread or it will dry out pretty fast. Also, make sure to flour and grease your pan well, before you pour in the batter. It makes the bread a lot easier to get out, so it won’t crack and fall apart.
If you love banana bread like I do, try out this recipe and let me know how you like it!