Banana bread, the quarantine queen. A great recipe for using pantry staples and reducing food waste. Idk about you but I always have a few bananas that are just on the edge of turning. I have good intentions when I buy a bunch but I’m only one person and sometimes they get away from me. Usually they go directly into the freezer for future smoothies or distant-future banana bread and stay there for a while. This time they went directly into a bowl for an insanely good brown butter chocolate chip banana bread. The brown butter part was actually a happy accident, I was melting it on the stove (my microwave is broken) and left it for too long and it was brown butter. Which is never a problem. Brown butter adds such a wonderful, nutty flavor to anything it’s used in. To quote my friend Paige, “brown butter is better butter.”
To brown your butter, simply melt it in a small pot over medium-high heat, more on the medium side. Leave it on the heat. It’ll start to foam and bubble, then turn brown. Keep an eye on it and pull it off the heat the second it’s a golden brown though, so it doesn’t burn.
Everything else is pretty simple! Make a loaf for your mom for mother’s day. Make a loaf for yourself and have a treat for breakfast on Monday. Make it because the world doesn’t make sense anymore but your kitchen smelling like bananas and brown butter will make you forget for a little bit.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 3 bananans very ripe, brown and spotty
- 1/3 cup butter, browned and cooled to room temp
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1.5 cup flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350oF. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mash your bananas. Add melted butter, sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
- Add the baking soda, baking powder, flour, and salt. Mix until everything just comes together and there are no streaks of flour left. Don't over-mix or the bread will get tough.
- Fold in your chocolate chips
- Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Cool fully before cutting