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April 14 2011 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Breakfast,Dessert,Recipe » 11 comments

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread

Well, I’m here to report that it worked!  The kale-centric goodbye gala for winter that I staged last time I was here really, really worked.  Not more than two days after that post, spring arrived—and decidedly so.  The winds were suddenly warm and the trees were all-at-once producing buds.  As we walked the sidewalks near our apartment last weekend, we stopped to gawk at the fringey-yellow bushes that had burst into bloom and the pert daffodils, tucked up against the houses, that had opened up their bonnets.

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread

Spring’s like that, I think.  It arrives every year, yet it still manages to stun you.

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Banana bread’s not so dissimilar.  No matter how many times it shows up, each time, you’re reminded how lovely it is.

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread

And this banana bread—floral and bright with its undertones of olive oil and lemon zest—was especially lovely.  Gilding the lily, this loaf boasts a generous cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Last weekend, spring gilded the lily, too, with summery heat and humidity.  It was a treat, for sure.  The banana bread, too.

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread

Melissa Clark‘s (whose blog I’m really enjoying) recipe for Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips is here.  I swapped in semi-sweet chips for the hand-chopped chunks of chocolate.  I also skipped the glaze.




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  1. LimeCake says on April 15 2011 at 4:53 am:

    I really love banana bread. This one sounds delicious, especially with olive oil and lemon for some brightness!

  2. Caroline says on April 15 2011 at 6:49 am:

    I love banana bread and I am such of fan of olive oil in “desserts.” We should be friends.

  3. Jacqueline says on April 15 2011 at 6:51 am:

    Gorgeous photos and cake. Very tempting indeed :)

  4. A Bowl Of Mush says on April 15 2011 at 8:34 am:

    That’s one seriously gorgeous looking banana bread!
    I can almost smell it!

  5. Bianca says on April 15 2011 at 10:06 am:

    Welcome spring! Finally! I couldn’t stand another moment of winter.

  6. laura @ glutton for nourishment says on April 16 2011 at 8:11 am:

    this looks so amazing. i can’t make banana bread without chocolate chips, it’s basically the law in my house. but lemon and olive oil sound like amazing additions.

  7. Emily says on April 16 2011 at 11:47 am:

    Soooo happy to see this post. I know what I’m doing as soon as these bananas ripen a bit more.

  8. Barbara says on April 17 2011 at 5:04 am:

    Glad spring has at long last sprung!
    And your banana bread looks wonderful, Kristin. I love the addition of cchips of course but also the olive oil. Can’t wait to try this!

  9. diane says on April 17 2011 at 4:49 pm:

    This bananna bread was all that it professed to be,and so was the rest of the weekend food.Thanks for the fabulous weekend and hope to see you soon! Love,MOM

  10. noelle says on April 17 2011 at 8:29 pm:

    Thx for introducing me to this banana bread. If we end up getting married, you’re totally invited to the wedding.

  11. betty says on August 10 2011 at 8:03 pm:

    that looks delicious!

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