2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups well-mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4)
1/2 cup shortening
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and flour the bottom and sides of 2 (9 x 5-inch) loaf pans. (You can use 4 mini loaf pans if you prefer.)
2. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl. With mixer at low speed, beat until well combined, scraping bowl often. Increase speed to high, and beat 4 to 5 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. Add chocolate chips and mix well.
3. Pour batter into pans and bake 25 minutes, until surface turns golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If bread is not done, reduce oven temperature to 350F and continue baking 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool in pans 5 minutes.
Makes 36 (1/2-inch) slices.
—Recipe by Kyoko Aniban
Nutritional facts per 1/2 -inch slice: 133 calories, 6g fat, 13mg cholesterol, 1.5g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 53mg sodium