As a teenager I was lucky enough to do an exchange with a family in France for one summer. I went to stay with the family for about 5 weeks and then one of their daughters, about the same age as me, came to stay with us. My mom thought it would be a great way to experience the country. It was a magical summer filled with wonderful memories. One of the girls we spent time with really liked Bananrama. Now everytime I hear this song it makes me think of the time I spent there.
In memory of that wonderful summer and Bananarama I decided to make some (drum roll please) banana bread. A long time favorite and I hadn't made it since becoming vegan. I turned to The Joy of Vegan Baking and found a recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana muffins. I've never added chocolate to my banana bread now we are talking!
Just turned out of pan
I'd made a lot of muffins recently so I decided to make this into a cake, instead of using the usual loaf pan I thought a bundt cake would be a nice twist. I think it was the right choice, look how pretty it is. For a little more "flare" I added some banana slices to the top.
Another great recipe with a chocolate bonus. They went bananas for it at work. If I had been able to make this in France and share it with my friends from that summer it would have been perfect.
Do you have a favorite summer memory? A favorite banana recipe?