Banana bread is a wonderful classic for a reason - it's delicious. The smell of it baking makes me happy and reminds me of being a kid. It's comforting and perfect with a cup of tea. Why it's called bread though, I don't really understand. Aside from the loaf shape, it's basically a cake, just like most sweet quick breads and muffins really... But, that's OK. Banana bread is and will always be the perfect thing to make when you don't eat all of your bananas before they turn brown.
This banana bread recipe is inspired by the lemony olive oil banana bread with chocolate chips recipe from Melissa Clarks' Eat this Now. I used the lemon, but decided to add some coconut and used coconut oil instead of olive. I'm completely in love with coconut oil right now and have been using it in a lot of recipes lately. This is my adapted recipe. It will make one loaf of banana bread.
Coconut chocolate chip banana bread
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
1/3 cup unrefined coconut oil
2 large eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisk in the coconut and chocolate chips.
In a medium bowl, mash up the bananas. Add the coconut oil, eggs, sour cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Whisk until well-combined.
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into the loaf pan. Bake until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly, about 50-55 minutes.
Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then place on a wire rack to finish cooling (or as long as you can wait before eating a slice - slightly warm is best).
What was I cooking one year ago?: sweet and sour chicken
Two years ago?: egg tart with ramps and wild mushrooms