Chocolate Chunk Turtle Banana Bread

Buttery, rich, soft, melt-in-your-mouth Best-Ever Banana Bread filled with toasty pecan pieces and melty chocolate chunks, and drizzled with a sticky caramel.

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So here in Virginia yesterday we got to partake in the East Coast blizzard – mind you, we only got a little snow flurry and still got no school! I think they were expecting more snow than we actually got, but hey I’ll take a snow day any day. 🙂

And this is how yesterday’s snow day went: First I made snow angels for two hours, and then I went ice-skating, and then I ate a whole roll of tollhouse cookie dough as fast as I could, and then I snuggled. (Name that movie?!) (READ: I actually spent the day creating this amazing banana bread that just might be my new favorite recipe!!!!!)

The base recipe for the banana bread is my grandma’s recipe and it’s a winner on its own. This banana bread recipe is…. brace yourselves, SO moist! And SO soft! GAH. I looooove it. I had to stop myself and my family from eating the whole thing before photographing it.

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I put a twist on what I originally thought was the perfect banana bread – and let me tell you, the addition of chocolate chunks that get super soft and melty when it bakes with the banana bread. I don’t know what it is, but the chocolate chips actually stay soft – unlike how chocolate chips get hard in brownies. And then on top of that it all off, the bread gets drizzled with a caramel sauce that creates an amazing sticky glazed top and amazing amazing flavor! You guys!!! This is seriously the best banana bread ever.

“Best-ever” is quite a bold statement. But I’ll have you know that I’ve tried many many many (many!) basic banana bread recipes. And I can happily admit that this one is my very favorite.  Have I tried all of the banana breads in the world? No.  But this one is the best I’ve ever had.

You need this banana bread in your life.


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What makes this banana bread so good?

Grandma magic. No, I’m just kidding. Well, only kinda. Because really, the ingredients in this recipe are staple pantry items and the batter comes together in about 10 minutes. There isn’t any tricks or special techniques are you have to do or be careful of in order to get the most amazing banana bread ever.

The only difference between this banana bread and other banana bread recipes I have made in the past, is that this banana bread has bananas and applesauce. Applesauce is what adds the extra moisture and tenderness in the banana bread. Don’t worry if you don’t like applesauce because you can’t even taste it.

banana-bread-6Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked banana bread wafting through the house. And nothing beats every bite melting in your mouth.

Chocolate Chunk Turtle Banana Bread

Buttery, rich, soft, melt-in-your-mouth Best-Ever Banana Bread filled with toasty pecan pieces and melty chocolate chunks, and drizzled with a sticky caramel.

Ingredients:

1 cup ripe bananas (about 2 medium bananas), mashed
1/2 cup applesauce
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1/2 cup pecan pieces
Caramel topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Lightly spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the bread: In a medium bowl, mash bananas. Whisk in applesauce, egg, egg white, and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together until combined. Using a large spoon or rubber spatula, slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Slowly stir in oil until everything is evenly mixed together and no more flour pockets remain. Do not overmix. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chunks.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 60-65 minutes, loosely cover/tent the bread with aluminum foil after 30 minutes. This will prevent the top and sides from getting too brown. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf will come out clean when the bread is done. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and drizzle with caramel. Slice and serve.