For my old university roommates, my pumpkin bread is legendary (like 14 frozen loaves at one time filling up our freezer). I wouldn't be surprised if the smell of baking pumpkin haunts our old house. I really love dessert bread -mostly just pumpkin bread.
BUT I also like banana bread. But I only just like it. Banana bread is what I make when I accidentally have too many bananas and having a gallon sized ziploc of frozen bananas pieces seems a bit extreme (especially since Husband doesn't like them in his smoothies EVER). So banana bread is my last resort for bananas -a fruit I rarely choose to buy.
When we do Bountiful Baskets I always get approximately 6 thousand bananas. Sigh. The last few weeks I've been putting them in my cereal. But yesterday a bit of dust from the genius fairy dropped on my head. Imagine: I'm nursing on the couch and feeling soooooo hungry, so I'm snacking on a few chocolate chips and hazelnut pieces. When I turn my head and look at those forlorn bananas (8 of them, folks). That's when the dust falls. Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Banana Bread.
Oh yes. Now, wait, I'm not a big fan of chocolate chips (except the ones I happened to be eating in this scenario which were Ghirardelli). I would prefer they stayed out of my cookies and they are never invited into my pumpkin bread. But I do love them with hazelnuts, and I have too. many. bananas. So I went for it.
You're welcome world. Even Husband ate some and he's no fan of bananas OR "cakey" things.
butter, for greasing pan
1 + 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil (I used half walnut oil and half olive oil, since I was lacking canola)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (Ghirardelli milk chocolate)
3/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped
It's best hot, but so good cold with some tea for breakfast. Because it is still technically a bread, right?
Photo of V
|This banana bread is as delicious as my cheeks.|