Back to Basics Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

You guys know what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately? Getting back to basics. Taking Sunday as a day of rest. Sending hand written thank you notes instead of a text messages. Sharing home cooked meals with friends instead of always meeting up at restaurants. Finding a way to maintain a realistic cleaning schedule. What do you think? Can it be done?

I was on the phone with a friend earlier this week that’s sweetly been encouraging me through a tough schedule. On this particular day, I was beat. I had been up since 4:30 in the morning after a severe thunderstorm caused my little dogs a bit of panic. I was exhausted already and it was only 7:30 am.

We were rehashing a subject that we’ve hashed and rehashed so many times there’s really nothing left to say on the matter. It’s time for action. Only…taking this action is scary. I hung up and thought, “I wish I could just get back to the basics when things didn’t seem so complicated.”

I should have gone directly to my Planner Pad to find out what my agenda was supposed to be for the day. Instead, I went straight to the kitchen and found myself tying the cupcake printed strings around my waist. I heard the metal clank of the pans against each other as I pulled out the loaf pan. I listened to the sounds of the lids that were being unscrewed from the glass canisters. And the crack of the shell as the egg broke in two. It doesn’t get much more basic than making banana bread with chocolate chips on a cold and foggy winter day.

011615-1 Banana Bread Ingredients


2 cups of flour

1 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

½ cup chocolate chips

½ cup butter

1 egg

3 very ripe bananas


Mix dry ingredients.


Then incorporate butter, egg, bananas


and stir in chocolate chips.


Pour mixture in a greased loaf pan. I use Bake Easy non-stick spray by Wilton.


Bake 40-45 minutes. Makes 2 loaves.


Having the scent of freshly baked banana bread hanging in the air changed my entire afternoon. I hope whatever you do this weekend you’ll find an opportunity to get back to basics too.

011615-7 Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Many blessings,


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  1. Oh man…I wish I had a slice of that banana bread and a cup of coffee, sharing with you right now! I too long for more simplistic, back-to-basic kind of days. I am so glad that you have carved out Sundays for yourself – a day to breathe and just do whatever you want! Happy Friday my friend!

    1. I appreciate all of the encouragement you’ve given me these past few months as I navigate all of the changes in my life. I couldn’t have made it without you girl!

  2. Oooh! Adding chocolate chips to banana bread, YUM! This would be great with my morning coffee 🙂

    1. My Mom used to add chocolate chips to our banana bread when we were little and now I always do the same. You should try it!

  3. Often when things seem out of sorts or out of control, a little time in the kitchen or craft room makes it better. We just need that mental break ~ and when the results look as yummy as this, it is time well spent! Your baking skills are an inspiration CoCo! Bwg ~~~

    1. I always feel better when I’m crafting or baking Bobbi 🙂 Thanks for your sweet encouragement!

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