Growing Chefs! Family Recipes - Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf

Friday, April 24, 2020

We have started a fun project that we hope will spread some much needed cheer and inspiration during our time at home and away from the kitchen at Growing Chefs!  Our staff would like to welcome you into their own kitchens and families, and will be sharing some of their favourite recipes that they cook at home. Try them out and let us know what you think. We would love to see some pictures from you and hear what you are cooking at home as well!  Please enjoy this scrumptious recipe coming to you from Morgan's kitchen! 

 We never really had sweets or baked goods growing up at my house but this banana bread made its way out on special occasions, and so by default it became my favourite. It now likely remains my favourite because of nostalgia! (If you ask any of the kids that come through our HQ field trips they’d be able to tell you “personal connection” is something that contributes to the value we place on food!) 

I’ve switched up the recipe since my mom used to make it for me when I was little… sometimes I make it gluten-free, or dairy free, and also focus on the quality of ingredients a little more, but the general idea remains the same. Whether or not it’s a special occasion - if we’re spending this time indoors, the house may as well smell like fresh baked banana bread! Hope you enjoy!



  • 2 Cups rye flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 C mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/2 C full-fat sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips 



  • Preheat the oven to 350F and oil a small baking pan.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. 
  • In another bowl use an electric mixer set at medium to combine sugar, eggs and butter. Add in the mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla and mix it all together until smooth.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients and continually mix until it is a thick batter then fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  • Spread the mixture into the baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to check the centre is cooked then remove and transfer to a cooling rack. 
  • Cut, serve and enjoy! :) 



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