Already it’s been a rough week: rough on office managers, rough on 13-year-old girls, and rough on day-old bananas. You know what you do when life hands you rough bananas? You make banana bread! And you add some serious chocolate chips. Here’s how it all started…
Today, I was chatting with my buddy Sarah about the office move, commiserating how hard it is to make everyone happy while succeeding in mooching two very sad-looking bananas from her. So sad, in fact, that as I was leaving the office, one banana peeled itself off from the stalk and landed on the floor as I was talking to another coworker. Mmm, I love floor banana.
And yet I caught that banana before it escaped and then stopped by the school to pick up my kids. As my daughter approached the car, I could see she was crying. There is nothing harder than being 13 and female. Well, okay, there are probably quite a few things harder than that, but being 13 is the beginning of learning how hard life can actually be.
So the minute my conference calls ended tonight at 5pm, I whipped up a batch of banana bread with massive amounts of chocolate chips. I altered a recipe I found online and since it turned out so amazing I am writing it down here because I’ll need to find it again. Like tomorrow maybe.
2-3 bananas, ready for their escape (in other words, mushy)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar (yes, I know it’s excessive)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 4×9 inch loaf baking pan with cooking spray.
Put everything into a big bowl and stir the crap out of it.
Pour all of the mix into the baking pan. Spread the mix evenly in the pan. Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top in the center of the loaf.
Bake for 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
This was easily the best banana bread I’ve ever made. Super-duper moist inside, full of chocolate, crisp on the edges outside. It’s crazy-town good. My son sliced and ate four pieces before I could even take the picture.
You should try it tonight. Life is short and bananas and chocolate do make things better.