Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

I’ve never been to a real family reunion, with the matching t-shirts and everything, but I kind of feel like I’m part of an ongoing one through Facebook these days. Cousins, aunts and uncles I haven’t seen in 10, 20 years or more are popping up on my “friends” list almost every day. I actually think this is pretty cool! I have a pretty large extended family on the East Coast – growing up in California, I didn’t have the chance to see them too often. It’s been nice to reconnect online.

My cousin Celeste, who I haven’t seen since I was probably in junior high, recently mentioned to me on Facebook that her mother (my aunt) likes to add chocolate to her banana bread. It’s a small detail, but I appreciated knowing it. Celeste also happens to run her own catering business (if you’re in the Boston area, check out her menus!) – maybe this penchant for cooking is a family trait!

Inspired by my Aunt Pearl, I’m sharing a terrific recipe for Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread. This one is definitely on the dessert-cakey end of the banana bread spectrum (my preferred end), but I had no problem slicing off pieces at breakfast time as well. It comes out incredibly moist and – from the sprinkling of sugar on top – with a sweet, crinkly crust I wanted to scrape off and eat on its own.

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  1. kellypea wrote:

    Haven’t had banana bread (or muffins) in quite a while. Love the chocolate chunk in this and wishing I had a piece for my morning cup of coffee right now. 🙂 My family stays in touch via FB, too. They used to be here in SD, but are now mostly on the east coast.
    .-= kellypea´s last blog ..Michael Voltaggio’s Indian-Spiced Short Ribs =-.

    Posted 4.30.10 Reply
  2. dani wrote:

    this is one of my fave combos! nice job )
    .-= dani´s last blog ..#75) Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread =-.

    Posted 4.30.10 Reply
  3. Cheri wrote:

    Oh my. Those melty chocolate chips along with that crunchy crust is making me have a major craving!! *Lips smacking*
    .-= Cheri´s last blog ..Sweetheart Ice Cream Cakes with Strawberry Sauce =-.

    Posted 5.3.10 Reply
  4. Jackie Lee wrote:

    OMG. This looks delicious. I never would have thought about adding chocolate, but now that you mention it ~ it seems absolutely natural. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this one!
    .-= Jackie Lee´s last blog ..What You Need to Know Before Writing Your Guest Post =-.

    Posted 5.12.10 Reply
  5. katerina wrote:

    I totally come from one of those families with the matching t-shirts! Totally embarrassing but I love them all.
    .-= katerina´s last blog ..Risotto with Mushrooms and Red Wine =-.

    Posted 5.29.10 Reply