Inspired by a bag of cinnamon chips in my cupboard, I created Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread.
Though I’ve tried countless recipes for banana bread over the years, I still find myself hunting for the next best recipe when my bananas begin to turn that delicious shade of black. “Can’t let those good rotten bananas go to waste!” I say. And I can’t imagine turning out the same banana bread recipe over and over and over again. That’s no fun now, is it?
If you’ve never tried cinnamon chips, you must give them a shot. They’re not always easy to locate – look for them in your local market near the chocolate chips (Hershey’s makes them).
This is a really banana-y banana bread… lots and lots of banana taste with a hint of cinnamon flavor too. The chips melt within the bread, and then it’s nice to have a sprinkle of chips on top that you can really taste.
No need to be stuck on cinnamon chips… use any chips or none at all. Either way, this is a very moist banana bread. Big hit with the family! (I even sneak in using 1/2 whole wheat flour). So what’s special about this banana bread? Maybe more mashed bananas than usual, the melted butter, the hint of cinnamon… not sure what makes it so good, but if I ever repeated the same banana bread recipe, I’d repeat this one.
Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
- 1 1/2 cups ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
- 1/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cinnamon chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 5x8-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- Mix bananas, butter, sugars, egg and vanilla in medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir just until flour is incorporated. Stir in chips, reserving a few for the top
- Pour into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle reserved chips on top of the batter. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out loaf onto rack to cool completely.
- Sub 1/2 whole wheat flour if you'd like.
- Use any flavor chip that you wish, but the cinnamon chips are quite delicious!