Chocolate Chip & Walnut Banana Bread

I don’t know about you, but once the warm weather comes my baking pans go into hibernation, at least from anything homemade! When the weather starts to cool down my motivation for baking returns and I dust off my mixer and baking pans.  I love everything about baking; prepping for it, preparing it (with hopes of not totally destroying my kitchen) the aroma that fills the house, to the excitement of seeing the final product that I made from numerous ingredients…and I can’t leave out eating it!

Well I started off by baking banana bread this year for my wonderful client meetings and made it again today for tomorrows meetings and thought I would share it with yal! IMG_4921


1 ½ cups sugar

¾ cup shortening (I normally use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter baking sticks)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 large ripe bananas, mashed

1 tsp. soda

½ tsp powder

¼ tsp salt

2 cups white flour

1 cup sour cream (I typically use low fat)

½ cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats (not instant)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips



Mixing bowls, 2 loaf pans, sifter/tight-nit strainer, measuring cups, MUST HAVE, measuring spoons. I love how these get into my spice jars!

Directions:  preheat oven to 375 & grease two loaf pans

1. cream sugar and butter or crisco

2. add eggs & vanilla and blend


3. add bananas

4. in a separate bowl sift flower, soda, powder, salt.  add alternatively sour cream

**I don’t have a sifter so I use my strainer and to have less dishes I sift it right into the wet ingredients 🙂

IMG_49135. stir in nuts and chocolate chips & oats


6. Bake in 2 loaf pans at 375 degrees for 45 minutes- 1hour. Can do muffins etc but cooking times will vary.


7. test with tooth pick, when it comes out clean they are done!



Do you bake? I would love to hear your favorite recipe!? Reply below to share your recipe or would love to hear if you try this out. 🙂

Thank you for visiting and happy baking!

Cylinda B