September 1, 2011

Daddy's Favorite Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Since I bake so much, I'm always on the lookout for lower fat recipes that taste great too. I've found replacing some of the fat with apple sauce results in a rather unappealing "rubbery" texture. I came across this recipe using yogurt, along with a little butter. It's a deliciously moist bread on it's own, but my hubby and kids love it best with chocolate chips thrown into the batter. I always make large batches of this bread, half with chips, half plain, and bake them in those mini bread pans for family and friends.

1-1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar, divided
3 bananas (1-1/2 cup)
1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips, optional

Spray and flour an 8x4-inch bread pan. In a medium bowl, combine flours through 1/4 cup of the sugar; mix well. In a separate bowl, mix bananas, yogurt and vanilla; set aside. Beat 1/2 cup sugar and butter in another bowl for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs; beat well. On low speed, beat in 1/2 of the flour mixture into the butter mixture; then 1/3 of the banana mixture. Repeat, ending with the banana mixture. Gently fold in desired amount of chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 350 for 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack about 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool completely.

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