Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Streusel Topping
Trying to get back in the baking and cooking groove during those first few weeks after having a baby can be a little tough. On the one hand, you are incredibly exhausted and don’t want to do anything except sleep and maybe grab a shower. And then on the other hand, you get really tired of eating takeout and wish for a nice home cooked meal. I made a whole Thanksgiving dinner by myself just a week after the baby arrived. I guess I’m a little crazy like that.
After about 2 weeks and after the first group of family visitors left, I found myself with a random quiet morning where the baby was still sleeping and I got a serious hankering to do some baking! I made some cranberry orange bread which I always love making around the holidays. And then I spotted some seriously overripe bananas sitting on the counter. Banana bread was definitely in order! I stuck the loaf in the freezer as we were heading out of town for Christmas and then forgot it was in there and it was pretty much the best surprise ever after we got back.
And while I love just plain ol’ banana bread, I just had to fancy it up with chocolate chips because, well, how amazing is chocolate and banana together?! And then streusel topping! Everything in life should have streusel topping. The end.
For the banana bread:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 1/3 cups mashed banana
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
For the streusel topping:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and the salt.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Mix in the beaten eggs and mashed banana until well-combined.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients and gently fold in with the dry ingredients until just combined. Then gently stir in the chocolate chips. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan.
- In another bowl, stir together the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Pour in the melted butter followed by the flour and combine with a fork or spatula until well-combined and the mixture has a crumbly texture. Evenly distribute the topping over the bread batter.
- Bake the bread for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g