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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola and Pecan Loaf

Some of my best recipes were thrown together on a whim. Does that ever happen to you?

This recipe is exactly that and it turned out amazing. We are not living in a time where wasting food is acceptable, in fact in my house it is an absolute no, no.

My kids never want bananas, until there aren't any, so last week I bought extra. Big mistake, you guessed it...nobody ate them and they went super ripe, way too fast! Long story short, I mashed them and was about to freeze them for future smoothies , the baby or baking.

Carlos having the biggest sweet tooth on the planet suggested a cake. He knows I am not a fan of baking, although good at it, I just prefer cooking. That said and since we are all in self isolation, I decided to make his day. I can never say no to food requests and he knows it ;)

This is a one bowl recipe and takes about an hour to bake.

It came out amazing and better than the sum of its parts....but the best cakes always do.

I used a stand mixer , but you can also use a handheld mixer or even just a wooden spoon, (good 'ol elbow grease), and bowl.

Granola Topped Banana Chocolate Chip and Pecan Loaf

Total baking time 1 hour

Makes 1 loaf, about 8, 2 finger width slices

Mine is springform, but it is optional, a regular loaf pan will work, just make sure you grease it and line it with parchment paper and butter the paper too, that will facilitate lifting out

My loaf pan measures

Length 30cm (11 Inches)