Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Mini Banana Loaves

These moist and tender loaves boasts a fine, pound cake-like crumb. The flavor is distinctly banana-forward with a bit of tang from the cream cheese. The addition of chocolate adds a decadent, gift-worthy note. We’ve offered instructions for both traditionally sized and miniature loaves for gifting. Pro tip: Though it may be hard to hold off, allow loaves to fully cool before cutting for optimal texture.



Step: 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step: 2

Beat cream cheese and butter with a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Beat in vanilla.

Step: 3

Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating on low speed just until blended. Stir in mashed bananas and 1 1/3 cups of the Ghirardelli Grand Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips.

Step: 4

Divide batter evenly among five 3x 5-inch mini loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Top batter with remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips (about 14 or 15 chips per pan).

Step: 5

Bake in preheated oven until deep golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 44 minutes. If necessary, cover loaves with aluminum foil after 30 minutes to prevent over-browning.

Step: 6

Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely, about 1 hour.


Per Serving: 466 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 68g; fat 21g; cholesterol 65.6mg; sodium 234.4mg.

The quality of the flour could make a real difference to your bread. Different makers do vary. Extra-strong or Canadian flours, which are bet higher in gluten, may give you a best rise than standard bread flours – especially if you’re make wholemeal dough , which not always rise as well as white bread.

To make this in a dough , add all the menus to your breadmaker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

A dough’s first rising can be make in the fridge overnight . This slows down the time it takes to rise to double its size, giving it a deeper flavour. It’s also a great limit , as you can work it night before , then finish it off the next day.

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