pumpkin banana chocolate chip bread

this weekend was going to be all about staying in and relaxing.. i thought i would be wiped out after the surgery.. especially considering how blah and tired i've been feeling.. the past few months i've been going to bed by 8 p.m. and if i could i'd sleep in until 9 and then maybe a nap.. that is sooooo unlike me.. i like to get an early start on my day and be up by let's say 6..so all this sleeping was really making me unhappy.. i had my surgery friday at 7:30 a.m. it was a wonderful hospital, wonderful staff, they were on time.. very cordial.. after surgery they said i should take it easy all weekend.. we got home and i fell asleep until around 2:00 p.m. and when i woke up and i was ready.. i mean i felt fantastic.. let's go do something.. i hadn't realized how bad i was feeling until i no longer felt like crap.. i got more done this weekend than i have 3 months.. it was really hard not to over do it, i felt so much better.. with all my new found energy i decided to try some new recipes.. i made this amazingly wonderful yet remarkably easy crusty bread.. pete brought home a bag of secret ingredients from the store that i had to make dinner from {that post tomorrow}.. i made a wonderful heirloom tomato tart.. {recipe soon} i made one of our stand by dishes.. sausage and pepper with baked mostacholi {that post friday} and then this recipe here.. this was so good.. so moist.. really rather divine.. very fall tasting.. everyone really enjoyed it!! i adapted my recipe from skinny taste pumpkin banana bread..

pumpkin banana chocolate chip bread

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 45-60 minutes
1 loaf


pam baking spray
1 3/4 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 very ripe bananas
3/4 cup pumpkin puree {not pumpkin pie filling}
2 tblsp. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate morsels


pre heat oven to 325 degrees {f}.. spray a 9x5 loaf pan with pam.. in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt... then set aside..  in the large bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together.. add bananas, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla.. beat on medium speed until thick.. scrap down the sides of the bowl.. add flour mixture and blend on low speed until well combined.. with a spatula stir in your chocolate chips.. do not over mix.. pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake on the center rack for 45-60 minutes.. or until a cake pick inserted in the center comes out clean.. remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack for 20-30 minutes.. once cool slice and serve..

enjoy and get cook'n!!


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