New Neighbors & Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans

It’s always exciting when new neighbors move into the neighborhood. It’s even more exciting when they have darling kids. I miss the early days when our kids were little, running carelessly around the neighborhood in bare feet, on their scooters or skateboards, or riding their bikes. When we met the neighbors, I immediately thought about bringing them a loaf of fresh Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans.

Mm-m-m …

… the melt-in-your-mouth kind of bread, which I always feel good about making, because you get to use up the old bananas. What other kind of fruit tastes the BEST when it’s overly-ripe and mushy? You really never have to toss the old bananas, as you can peel and freeze them, too, for this recipe.

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans

Later at the gym I saw the sweet young couple with their adorable children.

Sofia loved the bread – we told her it was all chocolate chips–no nuts–and she ate it, and LOVED it!

Ha ha. I love how parents can mix their words around to get their kids to eat certain things. We certainly did it as parents. Especially with the “green” foods that kids have a hard time eating. It’s great to disguise, occasionally share a little white lie, when it comes to food. (Sofia’s name changed for privacy.)

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans

Here’s another way to add in something healthy to this recipe. In place of bananas, have you ever thought about using mashed, cooked butternut squash? It’s delicious, too!

What’s your favorite way to use up old bananas?

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans

Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Tasty, moist bread using overly ripe bananas, which you can also replace by using cooked, mashed butternut squash.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups mashed bananas (4 ripened bananas)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks (I buy Trader Joe's semi-sweet chunks)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan(s) with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients together and stir with a wooden spoon. Pour into the loaf pan(s).
  3. Bake 35-50 minutes, depending on the size of the loaf pan(s), or until done.
  4. This recipe makes 4 small loaves or 1 large loaf. Adjust cooking time depending on size of pans.

   

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6 Responses to “New Neighbors & Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread with Pecans”

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    Celeste — January 22, 2014 @ 6:14 am

    Oh my goodness, that looks so delicious! We love slicing up slightly overripe bananas and freezing them then pureeing them into ice cream. It’s so good!

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    Tieghan — January 22, 2014 @ 6:48 am

    I love bananas bread. Especially chocolate chunk banana bread! I would love, love, love to be your neighbor right now! :)

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    Amanda — January 22, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Love this. There’s a house for sale almost right across the street from us, want to move in so we can be neighbors! :)

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    kirstin — January 22, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    banana bread all the way…lol!!!! I love making Banana bread! I brought some to our new neighbors several months ago (they too have adorable kiddos) and they LOVED it. Made a loaf of zucchini and a loaf of banana bread.

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    Mason Canyon — January 24, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    I love banana bread and this sounds like a recipe I could actually make (not much of a baker). I was wondering about the size of the loaf pans. When you say small, what size are you referring to? I’ve seen some small loaf pans that would be what I consider individual pans. Looking forward to giving this a try.

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    jamie levine — January 30, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    I love that people still bring things over for new neighbors. Pretty much doesn’t happen in my hood.

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