Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

 

Yep, you read that right. Chocolate chip (and chunk!). Pumpkin. Banana bread. If you’re thinking that sounds really good, I promise, it tastes even better than you think. And when all foods fit in your diet, delicious dessert like this is a must.

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Full disclosure: I’m not the best baker. I love cooking because you really can’t go wrong. When you’re cooking, you can play around with ingredients and proportions, and still come out with a dish that pretty much works. With baking though, the measurements are exact and specific. Each ingredients has a very specific function when baking and, when not used in the right order or quantity, can make the baked good easily just not come out.

I used to be terrible at making cookies (and, as you probably know, they’re my favorite food!). I have distinct memories of making cookies with my friends each week when we first moved to NYC, and every single time I tried, they’d come out wrong - they’d be too flat, too rubbery or just straight up mush.

So, for all these reasons, I rarely bake. I buy ready to go mixes or just buy my baked goods already made. But, last night I had a few ripe bananas on hand that were calling my name and the itch to bake struck me. And trust me, if this recipe made it on here, that means it’s good enough to share with all of you. Not just good enough - it’s incredible. But try it for yourself and see!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

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Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas

2 eggs

5 tablespoons melted (and cooled) butter

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Optional: 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Chocolate chips or chunks to your desire (I used an bag of chocolate chips + a chocolate bar broken into chunks)

 

Instructions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine bananas, eggs, butter, pumpkin puree, sugar and honey. Mix well.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.

4. Pour dry ingredients into wet and mix to combine. Fold in chocolate chips and/or chocolate chunks, reserving some to add to top of banana bread.

5. Pour mixture into the loaf pan. Add remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake in the preheated oven for about 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Want to learn about how dessert can fit into your daily life, without ever feeling bad or guilty about it? Check out All Foods Fit, the membership program with 12 different nutrition lessons to show you how all foods can easily fit into your diet in a a heathy way.

 

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