Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread on Parchment Paper

Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread

Put that sourdough starter discard to good use and make this delicious, quick and simple Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread! A delicious banana bread recipe that produces a sweet and moist quick bread while using up your discarded sourdough starter.

How Should Sourdough Starter Look Like?

Once the starter has fermented over night it has a runnier consistency than the original paste. The starter should develop air bubbles and be frothy on the top.

What is Sourdough Starter?

Sourdough starter is created through the fermentation of dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeast. Sourdough bread has a more sour taste (hence the name sourdough) and better structure. This translates to Sourdough Banana Bread having more rise and a lighter texture.

Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread

How is Sourdough Starter Made?

Sourdough starter is made with equal parters flour and water which is then fermented overnight. Each following day, the start is “fed” by adding equal parts flour and water to the starter. During the feeding process it is common to discard some of the fermented starter. This Sourdough Banana Bread is made with the discarded starter. 

Why is Some of the Sourdough Discarded?

As the sourdough ferments it creates bubbles and expands. Additionally, the starter needs equal parts flour and water to be sufficiently fed. Therefore some of the starter is discarded to ensure the container being used is large enough for the expansion of the starter. Use the discarded starter to make this delicious Sourdough Banana Bread!

How do I know if my sourdough starter is bad?

The odor will let you know if your starter has gone bad. Sourdough starter should smell like fresh unbaked bread dough, or a yeast-like odor. Throw away your sourdough starter if you detect any foul, moldy or decaying odors.

How long does it take for the sourdough starter to mature?

It generally takes about 5 days, but it can take longer depending on the temperature in your kitchen.

What can you make with Discarded Sourdough Starter?

Biscuits, cake, muffins, scones, bread, crackers and English muffins can be made from sourdough starter discard.

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Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread

  • Author: hungrygirlinqueens
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 85 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Banana Bread

Description

Put that sourdough starter discard to good use and make this delicious, quick and simple Chocolate Chip Sourdough Banana Bread!


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sourdough starter discard (unfed)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg, mashed bananas, starter and vanilla extract and mix. 
  4. Add flour, salt, baking soda and mix. 
  5. Fold in mini chocolate chips and our into a lined loaf pan. 
  6. Bake in the oven for 60-70 minutes. 

 


2 Comments

  1. Francine V

    By far the most delicious banana bread I ever made. It was work to make the sourdough starter, but I was making it anyway for sourdough bread and it was great to be able to use some of the discard. I honestly think I will make more sourdough starter just so I can make this recipe again.

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