If you’ve ever been labeled “the baker” at work you know that people come to expect baked goods around the holidays. This year my boss ever so sneakily bought a Santa Claus cookie tray to put on my desk and at least two of my other co-workers had left notes asking that something yummy be left on said plate. I finally took the holiday dessert hint when yet another coworker walked by my desk and left 4 browning bananas, mentioning that they looked perfect for a banana bread loaf. Okay, third times the charm. I can take a hint. So I went home and looked through my baking cabinet to see what kind of banana bread extras I had on hand. Normally, I would bake a nutty whiskey filled bread, but since I was bringing this treat into work, I opted for its sweeter friend – the chocolate chip banana bread loaf. Although I’m sure a boozey bread would be just as well received, the ooey gooey chocolate chips coupled with the banana chunks made for a perfect way to get through unread email messages and prepare the morning’s meetings.
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/3 tablespoons milk
3 ripened bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 bag chocolate chips, more to decorate the top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar and the butter. Mix by hand until combined. Add eggs and blend. Add milk and the mashed bananas and mix for about 1 minute. Add the flour and the baking soda and mix until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. If desired, decorate with a row of chocolate chips on top.
Spray loaf pan with non-cook spray and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes.