Since we had a few bananas past their prime today, I decided to make banana bread. I noticed this recipe in Everyday Food a while ago and wanted to try it, but we didn’t have any oranges at the time. Strangely enough, oranges are not on my weekly grocery list. Anyways, we were just gifted with a huge box of oranges, so I decided to put them to use. Granted, it only took one orange to get all the zest I needed, but that’s a start, right? (Let’s be honest here. I didn’t actually measure out the zest. Besides, how do you measure one teaspoon of orange zest?)
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp grated orange zest
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 1/2 inch-by-4 1/2 inch (6 cup) loaf pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, zest, and salt. Mix in oil, eggs, and bananas. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 70 to 80 minutes (tent loosely with foil if loaf browns too quickly). Cool loaf 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan and let cool completely on rack.
If you make this bread, you will wonder why you have never used orange zest in banana bread before! The hint of orange made the bread truly delicious. It was very moist as well.
I also made some little mini-muffins for my children to have as a snack when they got home from school. Boy, were they ever gobbled up in a hurry! If that’s any indication, this recipe is definitely a keeper!