{Chocolate Chip Banana Bread} Westfield New Jersey Food Photographer

Before I get to the good stuff, a little background on why I made this today!

So last night was yet another night at the ER.  It really was the strangest thing.  Thaya, our very-petite-yet-rambunctious-almost-4-year-old was singing and dancing before dinner, as usual.  She went upstairs to grab something from her room, I went to the kitchen to help get dinner plated.  Next thing I know, I hear a THUMP and Thaya starts crying.  She is laying flat on her back, completely under the coffee table, holding her head.  I came right over and started hugging her, and she was crying like crazy.  She has a pretty high tolerance for pain, so I had to put in a little more effort to quiet her down.  She finally stopped crying, and just sat in my lap on the floor, not wanting to budge.  I finally convinced her to get in her seat for dinner, and she didn’t touch her baked ziti, she just ate a handful of grapes and then started complaining that she felt like she was going to throw up! Oh boy.  So we took her out of her seat, and she immediately came back to my lap.  She didn’t want to talk, didn’t want to respond to me.  She just laid there.  A couple of dry heaves and a refusal to leave my arms later, we were on the phone with a doctor.  Sometime between leaving a message with the call service and getting a call back from the doctor, she started vomiting.  The doctor felt that it wasn’t anything to worry about and she was throwing up because she was so emotional. Matt and I decided to bring her to the ER anyway, because Thaya has a high tolerance for pain and doesn’t get emotionally upset like that.  She wasn’t crying, or panicking at all, which was part of the reason why I was worried. She was just doing… nothing.

To make a long story (and a long night at the hospital) short, she was diagnosed with a mild concussion.  She had a cat scan done while she was at the hospital, which came back fine.  It was just so strange because I don’t see how she could have hit her head that hard! It just goes to show that if you feel that there is something wrong with the way your child is acting, don’t question your judgment.

And, now you know why we needed a little homemade comfort food today!  This is the best banana bread recipe I’ve ever made. It is so absolutely magnificently, and amazingly delicious!

Recipe: Banana Bread

Source: MarthaStewart.com

Serving Size: 1 loaf


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I always substitute chocolate chips in place of nuts!)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts, and pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

(Just a note about the pictures – my bread isn’t holding together because I took my loaf out of the oven 10 minutes too early. I should have kept it in another 5 minutes – but I know for a fact that 1hr 10min is too long in my oven)

1 comment
  • So happy your little one is ok! Falls like that always make me nervous!

    Also, love your banana bread – this looks great. I baked brownies today, but I definitely have to try this recipe soon ~