Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Banana and Dark Chocolate Chip Bread

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Yay for spring! As a self-admitted fall addict, I'll be the first to admit that it is nice to finally have some decent weather. Mostly because I feel bad for Judah. He didn't know what the sun was until today.



We rocked out to kiddie music, blew some bubbles {courtesy of daddy}, took some pictures, and gazed into each other's eyes...those steel blue eyes.



I have a strong suspicion that those eyes are going to get him in a lot of trouble one day.

I digress.

So it was this gorgeous spring day, and we loved it. Made the most of it. Even made it to Bouncing Babies. But alas, it was short-lived. It's calling for rain tomorrow. Also, my friend Lauren is coming over tomorrow to watch The Bachelor finale with me on Hulu. She's going to have to sit with me and pretend it's normal I'm in sweats for, like, 4 hours. The least I could do was make her something tasty.

Side note: 
Have you ever read this girl's blog about The Bachelor recaps? So. Stinkin. Funny. I can't handle it.

Sorry for the shameless Bachelor plug, but I'm kinda' a trashy tv junky. It's my kryptonite. I totally had to look up how to spell kryptonite.  

But having something baked on a cold, rainy day just touches that special part of my soul. I feel like it's fall outside. And that's all right with me. So, I made banana bread. Because bananas are cheap. And the chocolate is just because I have a problem.


Ingredients:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F


Toss the eggs into a bowl.




Add the apple sauce.




Then the vanilla.




And finally, the mashed bananas.




Mix well.

I once heard a rumor that the longer you mix a baked item, the fluffier it will be. I have no idea if this is true, but I tend to leave mine going for a few minutes just to be safe.




Somewhere along the way, Judah had a meltdown and needed to be held, so I totally skipped a bunch of pictures. But go ahead and add in the salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon and mix again. 

Also, this is the flour I used.




Speaking of flour, add it in gradually, continuing to mix.




Nom nom nom.




Toss in the chocolate chips and mix.




And by the way, it totally doesn't have to be chocolate chips. It can be a nut. Maybe some flax seed. Or maybe you want double the chocolate chips I used. Whatever.




Spray a bread pan {well} and pour in the mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes.




 Vuala! Actual, real magic. These are the stories you'll tell your grandkids about.


Love and bananas,

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