Bake it Happen: the best banana bread ever (plus support for breast cancer research)

Out of my many friends in the blogosphere, there’s only one I knew before she ever was a blogger, and that’s Shari, from My Judy the Foodie. Shari started her blog after losing her mother, Judy, to a long struggle with breast cancer. Judy was a great cook; Shari knew how to use a microwave (kind of). But after her mother’s death, Shari started making her mother’s recipes, and today Shari has become a confident cook with a big-time blog and flair to spare!

Here’s Shari on her mother’s legacy:

Judy was just one of many whose life was cut way too short from breast cancer.  She was a skilled cook and baker who effortlessly spread her love through her meals.  And her special Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf was, hands down, her most sought after dessert.

People, I have tasted this banana chocolate chip loaf. It really is that good. And since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Shari has come up with a way for all of us to taste a little bit of her mother’s genius- and raise some money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation at the same time!


Head on over to Bananas for Boobies to get Judy’s Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf recipe. Bake that awesomeness.

Then share your bounty with family and friends and online! Each banana bread picture shared on Facebook before October 31st donates one dollar to BCRF.

You can share pictures on the Bananas for Boobies Facebook page, or upload to your own Facebook page with the tag @bakeithappen.

(If you’re not on Facebook, you can email your picture to

Even better- when your @bakeithappen picture is posted, you’ll be automatically entered to win an iPad pre-loaded with some of the best cooking apps out there! Just make sure your picture is uploaded by October 31st.

If you’re on Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, share away there too- with the hashtags #bakeithappen and #bfb.

I’m about to do all this myself, having just baked Judy’s Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf at our house yesterday. History will indicate that I am not much of a baker, but I had expert assistance.



The recipe makes two loaves, one to keep, one to share. I found that our loaves only took about 50 minutes to cook (the recipe suggests longer). I tried lining one of the pans with baking parchment, which definitely made removal much easier.

finished product


The kids had a great time deciding who to love-bomb with the extra loaf, and there was hearty agreement that Chef Louis, head chef at their school cafeteria, deserved someone baking something nice for HIM for a change.

chef louis


Hope his Judy’s Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf lasted longer than ten seconds, because ours sure didn’t.

Please join me in Baking it Happen this October!

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