5.9.17

Healthy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips - and introducing our new contributor!

Intro by Robin & Recipe by our new contributor!



Our New Contributor...

I am over the moon excited to introduce to you our new contributor!  She's our 13-year-old daughter, Charlotte!  I AM ALL CAPS LEVEL EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!  This is her very first post of our classic family recipe.


Charlotte adores baking - she has for as long as her memory goes back.  We've always encouraged our kids to learn in the kitchen and when Charlotte was a preschooler we kept a special sturdy stool in the kitchen just for her (and later her brother).  "The Helping Stool" we called it.  She would perch herself on this stool beside us and help in ways only she could.  (Oh, there were incidents! Like when she pulled the electric beaters out of the chocolate icing while they were still running.  Chocolate splatters covered every surface: the ceiling, the floor, her brother, the dog...)


What made me smile (and tear up a bit as I type this): during her photo shoot for this recipe she used this very same Helping Stool to get some shots from up high.





Now she has a much calmer way of expressing her love of baking.  And she expresses her love with baking. Try to stop her from baking a special treat when someone has something to celebrate!   She has an attention for detail and patience that her slapdash momma doesn't - if the recipe is complicated she rises to the challenge.


Regular readers of our blog have  seen some of her creations here before:



This Yule Log:









Recently, her mature baking skills have expanded to include a keen interest in experimenting with developing her own recipes and food photography.  She's a natural addition to our family blog!


Those little hands!  Charlotte's even recruited an assistant for her photos - our son.
(I wonder if he's going to bill her for his hand modelling?)



The Recipe...




The original recipe for this banana bread came after we begged Ed's colleague for it.  Irene had baked us a lovely banana bread as part of a gift when our son was born.  It was characteristically thoughtful of her - and amazingly delicious!


Now, I can't help myself when it comes to recipes; I have to mess with them to add fruit or vegetables, increase fibre and cut down sugar, sodium or fat.  And so I've fiddled with this recipe since Irene gifted it to us.  My goal was to capture the flavour of the original - so the kids would still rave about it - but make it just that little bit healthier.


The health factor was amped up in this recipe to make room for the chocolate chips that the original didn't have.  (Because: chocolate.)  I cut out the butter completely and cut back the sugar to do this.  I also added more banana and substituted whole wheat flour for much of the white. 


This recipe is ultra simple to make and makes a lovely addition to breakfast or packed lunches.  Those are the ways we use it most.  Of course, it's delicious any time of day.





* recipe calls for 4 over ripe bananas (Charlotte's first ingredients shot!)










Yield: 12 servings

Healthy & Kid Approved Banana Bread

This banana bread is healthy enough to be served for breakfast or as a favourite lunch box snack!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 55 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 4 ripe bananas, well mashed
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray oil pan(s)
  2. In a large bowl combine mashed banana, sugar, eggs and water.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix baking soda, baking powder, white and whole wheat flours.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Add the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
  5. Bake: 45 minutes for bundt pan (our fav!) or 40 minutes for two small loaf pans or 1 hour for a large loaf pan. A tester should come out clean.
  6. Wrap in foil after bread has cooled. Store at least 24 hours to ripen (if you can resist it!)
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For more of Charlotte's sweet baking recipes, keep reading here.

20 comments:

  1. Way to go Charlotte! Love your baking. Look forward to reading more. I think the video is still a good idea too, even with any photo bombing. :)

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    1. Thanks, Elaine - I may just need to start some videos again - maybe when my brother isn't home to photobomb. :) Charlotte

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  2. You are speaking my love language with Banana Bread...it's an all time favorite around here and I have been known to seek out brown spotted bananas at the grocery store just to come home and bake some bread. This sounds likea recipe that will be as loved by this family as it is by yours! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lynn. Hope you like my recipe! :) Charlotte

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  3. Nicely done, Charlotte! Now if only you could email us some banana bread right now... Love Auntie, Unkie, and Ryan

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    1. Thanks, Auntie - I'll make it next time you visit - might taste better then. :) Charlotte

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  4. This looks delicious! I'll be making your recipe this week with my kids, and my 2-year-old Charlotte LOVES helping out. :)

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    1. There must be something about the name Charlotte and a love of baking! I hope you like my recipe! :) Charlotte

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  5. I love that this is truly a family side hustle! Recipe sounds yummy. Best of luck with your new venture Charlotte!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm having so much fun! :) Charlotte

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  6. Yum! Nice work Charlotte! Signed, your proud Unkie and Auntie.

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  7. This looks so good! Excited to see more recipes from you.

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    1. Thanks, Ashley - I'm excited to make and shoot more! :) Charlotte

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  8. Awesome. And how cool for her to get this opportunity!

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    1. It's soooooooo much fun for us all, Kyla!!! :) Robin

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  9. This looks so delicious. I always buy chocolate chip banana bread but I'm going to try this out!

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    1. I'm happy you like the look of this recipe, Sara - I think home baked stuff always tastes the best! :) Charlotte

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  10. I love this so much! I too have a daughter who loves to bake and it's awesome! This recipe looks amazing Charlotte!!

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    1. Thanks, Jo-Anna! I had fun making this - thanks for your nice words! :) Charlotte

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