Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Raise your hand if you LOVE a delicious banana bread.  How about a banana bread that calls for yummy chocolate chips?  Pretty close to perfection if you ask me, personally.  Funnily enough, I actually remember the first time that I ever tasted this combination…and it was over two decades ago.  It was the summer between eighth and ninth grade and I was attending basketball camp at Princeton University.  My close friend was meeting me there and we would be rooming together in the dorms.  When she arrived, she began unpacking and pulled out a loaf of banana bread that her mom had made for us.  When I tasted the first bite of banana mixed with bitter chocolate, I was hooked.  Ever since then, it has been one of my favorite treats.

While searching for a new recipe to try, I stumbled across one that used a special trick.  Instead of mashing all of the bananas before mixing them in, you set one to the side and add it in at the end.  Before tossing it in, you gently cut that banana into thin slices.  This is what sold me on the recipe and let me tell you, this is genius.  It adds such great flavor to the end results as well as providing the perfect amount of moistness.

I gave some to Ryan last night after dinner and he kept saying, “Mmmm…yummy.  So yummy.”  Because he was so cute while eating it, I chose not to be offended when he kept asking where the banana bread came from and then when I would respond, “Mommy made it for you” he would ask where it came from again.  The kid didn’t believe that I was responsible for such deliciousness.

By the way, I made the banana bread yesterday afternoon and we now have two slices left.

 | Recipe source:  Cookies & Cups |

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

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Ingredients 

3 extra ripe bananas

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (you could easily go up to 3/4 cups)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional…I chose to keep the recipe free of nuts)

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Instructions

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Next, line the pan with a piece of parchment paper.  Spray paper with cooking spray.

2. In medium size bowl, mash two of the bananas, leaving them a bit lumpy.  Thinly slice the third banana and set to the side.

3. In large bowl, mix together butter and sugar.  Next, stir in eggs and vanilla until mixture is smooth.  Add in the sour cream, mashed bananas, baking soda and salt.  Stir until well blended.  Add in the flour and mix thoroughly.

4.  Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts (if using) and banana slices.

5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.  (I pulled the pan out at 55 minutes and it was perfect!)

6. Allow bread to cool for 15 minutes (if you have more willpower than I do) and then using the parchment paper, lift the loaf out of the pan to finish cooling.

7.  Slice this amazing bread and slather butter on top.  Enjoy and please let us know what you think!

 

xoxo

Lindsey

Blueberry & Lemon Froyo Popsicles

Fourth of July is just around the corner and we are getting excited to celebrate with friends and family!  We would love to hear your plans for the holiday.  This time of year is always so exciting.  It truly feels like the official summer kickoff.

We thought it was the perfect time to share a delicious (and simple) summer treat with you all!  We jumped on the frozen yogurt popsicle train and are so happy that we decided to do so.  These blueberry and lemon pops are so refreshing and were a breeze to make…our favorite kind of recipe.  We tried a couple of different popular recipes that we found but, ultimately, made the recipe our own after some experimenting.

Ingredients 

2 cups fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (you can cut this in half if you don’t love lemon)

1 cup agave syrup

2 cups vanilla yogurt

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Directions

1. Add 1 cup of blueberries, lemon zest and 1/2 cup agave syrup to a saucepan.  Simmer for just a few minutes until blueberries are coated with syrup and a little softened.  (It is important to keep heat as low as possible so blueberries do not start to peel.)

2. Set aside until cool.

3. Once cooled, in a mixing bowl, combine the blueberry and lemon mixture to yogurt and gently mix.

4. In a separate bowl, crush remaining blueberries.  In a small saucepan, simmer remaining blueberries and remaining agave syrup for approximately five minutes or until the blueberries turn into a syrup.  Strain the mixture so that you have the syrup in a separate bowl and discard the solids.

5. Add syrup to yogurt mixture and lightly swirl to give mixture a marble look.

6. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.

7. Freeze for 4-6 hours.

8. Eat up and enjoy!

Our Take

These popsicles made us want to try experiencing with all types of fruits.  Hopefully, we will find a coupe more great popsicle recipes and share them throughout them summer!

As I mentioned perviously, you can tweak the amount of lemon depending on how much you want to taste the citrus flavor.  You can easily do the same with the agave sugar if you want a more tart taste instead of a sweet one.  Also, when initially heating the first batch of blueberries, if you heat too long and they start to peel, you can use that batch for your syrup and start over with the rest of the berries for your whole ones.

This treat is such a hit with kids and a great healthy dessert option!

As always, we would love to hear your feedback once you try this recipe!

Ive linked the popsicle molds that I use as well as a coupe of other fun options…

xoxo

Tiffany & Lindsey

Melt in Your Mouth Funfetti Easter Cookies

With Easter just a couple of days away, we wanted to share a delicious Easter cookie recipe with you.  Like we said, Easter is in just two days so this recipe is incredibly easy and the cookies are equally delicious.  There are only 5 ingredients and 8 steps (including devouring the finished product)!

Alright, raise your hand if you still can’t resist the idea of Funfetti, even as an adult?  I don’t know what it is about the name but it brings back such nostalgia that we knew we absolutely had to give these cookies a try.  Funfetti cookies?  Sold!  Not to mention the fact that the recipe also calls for sprinkles and M&M’s…this was a total no-brainer.  Honestly, do yourself a favor and give these a try.  They really do melt in your mouth!

Recipe Source: My Organized Chaos

 

Ingredients

1 Box Funfetti Cake Mix

1/3 Cup of Oil

2 Eggs

3-4 Tbsp Easter Sprinkles

1-1/3 cups Easter M&M’s

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.  In large mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, oil and eggs with large spoon.  Mix thoroughly by hand.

3.  Add sprinkles to the dough and mix them in gently.

4. Add M&M’s and mix them in gently.

5. Shape dough into 1″ balls and place 2″ apart on the baking tray lined with parchment paper

6. If you have leftover M&M’s, you can gently press a few into the top of each cookie to add more color.  (We opted to do this and it looked so cute!)

7. Bake cookies for 7 minutes and allow to cool

8.   Try not to eat them all before sharing with family and friends!

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Happy Easter weekend to all those who celebrate!!!

xoxo

Tiffany & Lindsey