Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Have you guys ever had cinnamon chips?

They are pretty amazing.  Every Christmas I make oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies and they are so delicious.  They’re my favorite cookie.  But I always buy too many bags of cinnamon chips.  I’m overly ambitious at Christmas-cookie-baking time.  At first I’m always like I AM NOT MAKING ALL THOSE DAMN COOKIES AGAIN THIS YEAR and them I’m like WELL MAYBE I’LL JUST MAKE ONE BATCH OF EACH COOKIE and then I’m like OKAY OKAY OKAY I’LL MAKE TWO BATCHES OF THE DROP COOKIES AND ONE BATCH OF EVERYTHING ELSE and then when it’s all over I’m always like MY NECK HURTS MY SHOULDER HURTS I AM NOT DOING THIS SHIT AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

And then I do it again next year.  Without fail.

But no matter what I always make two batches of oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies, but I buy extra cinnamon chips because again, overly ambitiousness.

So earlier this year I was wondering wtf I’m supposed to do with all these leftover cinnamon chips.  I thought they might be good in pancakes or waffles – and I have yet to try that.  In fact, hm, now that I’m typing this, banana pancakes with cinnamon chips… hmmmm…

Anyway.  I had this genius idea to put them in my banana bread and ahhhhhhhhh it was so yummy.  And so unto us, cinnamon chip banana bread was born.

I love banana bread sliced hot straight from the oven, slathered in butter.

Not quite like this.  Here I was being modest with the butter.  You know, for picture-taking purposes.  Besides.  It’s nobody’s business how much butter I eat.

So anyway.  If you’re looking for something to do with leftover cinnamon chips, or a new way to spice up your banana bread, give this a try.  What else do you use cinnamon chips for?  Cuz like I still have a bag left…

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

3 large, very ripe bananas, smashed with a fork
1/3 cup melted butter, cooled
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten,
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup cinnamon chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with baking spray so that the bread doesn’t stick.

2. In a large bowl, combine smashed bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla, and stir well. In another bowl, pour in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk to stir the dry ingredients together to combine well and break up large lumps of flour. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and fold together with a spatula gently, about 3-4 folds. Pour in cinnamon chips (yes, even though it’s not completely mixed and combined). Fold another 3-4 times. Don’t overmix, but try not to leave any large lumps of flour.

3. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Check it around 50 minutes to see if it’s done. Nobody likes burnt banana bread. 🙂