Delicious Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread has been becoming more and more popular this year and for good reason. It’s a super simple thing to make and makes such a great snack for the morning. This recipe is so moist and spongy it’s as if it could have been bought from any professional bakery! As for me, it’s usually my go-to treat for when I have visitors from out of town simply because this recipe is so dang good, everyone scarfs it down within the first day!

What’s also great about banana bread is you can really add whatever you want to it. My mom personally loves to add chocolate chips to it but something that is also very popular is to add walnuts. This recipe below doesn’t have any add in’s to it which means your taste buds can really guide you to whatever you feel is necessary. I personally think this recipe is so great on it’s own that it doesn’t really need much of anything else!

The Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

The Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and spray 9 inch loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside
  • Add flour, salt and baking soda to a small bowl, mix and set aside
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, sugar and oil. Stirl until well combined
  • Add the dry ingredients in with the wet and stir well. The mixture will look very thick and dry which is good.
  • Off to the side, mash the bananas very well and then add into the mixture along with the milk and vanilla. Stir together very well
  • OPTIONAL: This is where you can add in anything you want. Whether it be chocolate chips or walnuts. I’ll be keeping mine plain but let your personal taste buds guide the way here!
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when checking. I suggest start checking at 1 hour but if it needs more time, like my oven requires, then definitely do so. (I usually need to go for the full 75 minutes)

After the banana bread is taken out of the oven, I suggest letting it cool for at least a few hours. I enjoy my banana bread the most after it’s been sitting for at least over night. To keep my banana bread soft, I VERY lightly cover it with foil to trap in some of the heat after it’s been taken out of the oven.

And that’s it!

Happy Baking!

The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone knows this one. That soft, gooey center with chewy golden brown edges, sprinkled with chocolate chips. Their are probably thousands of chocolate chip cookie recipes, but it’s because this is an all American past time recipe that will, without a doubt, never go out of style. With so many different combinations of these ingredients, you usually have to decide if you want crispy or chewy, gooey or firm, chunks or chips. That’s what makes these one of the best cookies around! This recipe here is going to be the most perfect combination of what makes that chocolate chip cookie so famous.

To make the perfect cookie, it’s always best to use the middle wrack of the oven to ensure an even baking. What can also help is to only bake one sheet in the oven at a time. 

Many times when baking cookies, people can use cookie scoopers or ice cream scoopers to make that perfect ball shape. While that is important to ensure all cookies are the same size, I just roll the dough with my hands and it works just the same. 

When that amazing chocolaty smell starts to flood your kitchen then you know it’s time to take these bad boys out of the oven. Try not to dig in right away and give it a few minutes to cool down and settle. 

The Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups chocolate chips

The Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking pan with parchment paper and then set aside
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda
  • In a separate bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined
  • Add in eggs and vanilla into butter mixture until well beaten and fluffy
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and make sure it is all well combined
  • Add in as many chocolate chips as you like, although the recommended amount is about 2 cups. Mix together well
  • Roll together about 2-3 Tablespoons worth of dough into your hand and form it into a ball. Place them all evenly spaced on the prepared baking pan
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.
  • Let sit in the pan for about a minute or two before removing onto a cooling wrack.

And that’s it! It’s a pretty basic recipe that truly feels so rewarding when you finally have that finished product. This is one of those treats where it’s so great to have a “go to” recipe on hand, and I hope this is the one for you and your family.

Happy Baking!