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Ingredients

  • 8 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks or vegan carob chips

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Step 1: Mash the Bananas

In order to make banana bread your bananas need to be very ripe. Ripe bananas, or banana bread ready as I like to call them, are mushy and very fragrant. The skin on the outside is more than 90% dark. If your bananas aren’t quite at that point you can put them in a paper bag with an apple and leave them overnight. Apples emit ethylene gases which will help the bananas to ripen more quickly. Once your bananas are ripe mash them up in a large bowl. Gather all the other ingredients you need, and then pre-heat your oven to 350*F.

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Step 2: Add the Oil

Add 1/3 cup oil to the mashed bananas and mix until smooth. I like using vegetable oil for breads and cakes but coconut oil also works. Feel free to substitute if you wish.

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Step 3: Add Sugar and Vanilla

Add the dark brown sugar (1/3 cup) and the white granulated sugar (1/3 cup) along with the vanilla (1 teaspoon) to the banana and oil mixture. Mix well, removing any lumps in the brown sugar that may form.

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Step 3: Add Flour

Add the all-purpose flour ( 1 1/2 cups), baking soda (1 teaspoon), and baking powder (1 teaspoon) to the batter and mix until everything is well incorporated and smooth.

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Step 4: Add Chocolate

Using a bar of chocolate, cut up 1 cup of chocolate chunks and add to the batter. You can also use vegan carob chips as a substitute for the chocolate chunks. Fold the chocolate chunks into the batter.

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Step 5: Prepare a Bundt Pan

I like to use bundt pans for baking breads and cakes because it cuts down on baking time. Put a little bit of oil on a paper towel and rub it inside the pan. Then add some flour and to coat the inside of the pan. This will keep your cake from sticking to the pan.

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Step 6: Bake the Banana Bread

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350*F.

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Step 7: Let the Banana Bread Cool

Let the banana bread cool down on a wire rack for 15-30 minutes before serving. Often there will still be chunks of banana in the bread and those chunks can get very hot. Make sure the bread is totally cooled down before serving, especially to children. Then serve and enjoy!