Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Round 1 & 2

Amidst all this COVID crazyness and hype, we’re getting hit by a spring Colorado snow storm and have a minor blizzard going on outside today. In a way, the snow brings us back to reality a bit, giving my family the sense of “it’s just another snow day” instead of the recent anxiety over every day life. A snow day also give us a reason to stay in our jammies, snuggle on the couch, and bake!

I had a full batch of bananas that were past their prime, and THE best way to put those to use is Banana Bread! AND, what makes that even better?!? Chocolate chips! If you haven’t had banana bread with chocolate chips, just DO IT. I’ve even converted my Hubby over the years, and he’s now 100% on the choc chip train. And that was a battle, let me tell you!

This time around, I, of course am completely out of eggs – and amidst the grocery crazyness, finding eggs is near impossible at the moment. SO, I looked up egg alternatives and found apple sauce (1/2 cup per egg) – which we have in abundance at the moment, in our fridge and pantry. Ding ding ding! We have a winner! I also found an “eggless chocolate chip banana bread” recipe, and figured I’d give it a shot along with my tried-and-true recipe with the apple-sauce-for-egg substitute.

Round 1 – Eggless Recipe

note: I used 1/2 cup brown sugar & 1/4 cup white sugar, I find that adding brown sugar in place of some of the white brings a different type of sweetness without being over the top. I also found that the cooking time was a bit too short, but that may be due to our altitude. So be sure to check with a knife or toothpick for gooeyness before you stop the cooking.

Round 2 – Tried & True

note: replace egg with 1/2 cup applesauce & omit milk as applesauce will provide the extra liquid needed for the mixture. I used 1/2 cup brown sugar, & 1/4 cup white sugar as I find brown sugar adds a little extra to the recipe 🙂

Of course the moment that these were slightly cooled and out of the over, we dug into each of them. Here’s the comparison:

Round 1 taste test

  • more dense
  • less crispy exterior
  • good in flavor
  • darker in color

ROUND 2 TASTE TEST

  • fluffy & light
  • crispy exterior
  • good in flavor
  • lighter in color

SO, drumroll, pleaseeeeee

Here’s the biggest differences in the recipes:
1 – has only 4 tbs butter vs 2 – has 1 stick of butter
1 – baking power only vs 2 – has both baking powder & baking soda
1 – 1 1/2 cup flour vs 2 – 2 cup flour

Our Tried & True recipe is the winner! The applesauce vs egg was not noticeable and did not effect the texture or flavor that I could tell, and PLUS, that means you could totally eat the batter if wanted to 😉 😉 The Round 1 recipe wasn’t bad either, but I think I’ll stick with the good ol’ tried & true for the future!

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