Cooking with Old Bananas

Kids Mashing up Bananas

For our cooking club this week, members at the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club learned that ripe banana can still be used and don’t have to be tossed away! Members learned that by mashing up some of those old bananas, they can make some amazing homemade chocolate chip banana bread.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Heat oven to 350°F.

Grease bottom only of 9×5-inch loaf pan. Put all ingredients except chocolate chips and in a large bowl. Blend well, using medium speed. Stir in the chips. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Full disclosure: I realized as I was typing these ingredients in that I actually used a whole stick of butter instead of a half. (That’s pretty typical of my “cooking.”) So mine was extra rich – but still delicious!


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