Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Ginger, adapted from A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenburg


6 T. unsalted butter
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
¾ c. sugar
¾ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
¾ c. semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 c. finely chopped crystallized ginger
2 large eggs
1 ½ c. mashed banana (about 3 large ripe bananas)
¼ c. stirred up full-fat whole milk yogurt (or full-fat sour cream if you discover your yogurt has gone rancid, like I did!)
1 t. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. In a small bowl, microwave butter until just melted. Let cool slightly.
3. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add chocolate and ginger and combine.
4. In a medium bowl lightly beat eggs with a fork. Add mashed bananas, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla and stir to mix well.
5. Pour banana mixture into dry ingredients, and stir gently with a rubber spatula, until just combined.
6. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake 50-60minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Note that the loaf turns a deep brown and you can cover the top if it seems to be browning too quickly.
7. Cool loaf on a wire rack for 5 or more minutes after baking. Then, turn loaf out onto rack to cool completely.

Naptime Notes

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This bread is excellent and if you wrap it carefully it will last for a few days at least – if it takes that long for you to finish it! To give it a test I also froze half the loaf and two days later, when I thawed it, it still tasted as fresh as the day I made it.

Naptime Stopwatch

The batter takes about 15 minutes to prepare. I prepared the batter the second the baby fell asleep and then caught up on emails while it was baking. You don’t even need to use the mixer.

Naptime Reviews

This was a huge hit amongst friends and family alike. I made a second loaf and gave it to my friend Kristina and her family ate it in 24 hours, which is almost as long as it took us.

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