Adulterated Banana Bread

My sister Elizabeth has an extremely good banana bread recipe. I've eaten a lot of it over the years - some from her kitchen, some from my kitchen. But the last few times I've made it I've played around with the original ingredients and cooking time/temperature. While the results aren't necessarily better - some of my substitutions are to make it a teensy bit healthier - the results have still been extremely good.

It's not my place to give you Elizabeth's recipe, but here's my adulterated version.

1/4 tsp baking powder 
3/4 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar 

1/2 cup oil (I've used canola and sunflower)
2 eggs
3 mashed bananas (sometimes I use two plus a banana's worth of applesauce)
3 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut (sweetened or unsweetened; adjust sugar accordingly)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately; combine without overmixing. Add coconut and chocolate chips (one could choose to utterly ruin one's perfectly good Adulterated Banana Bread by adding nuts, but don't expect me to enjoy it).

Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.


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