And, yes, you could do that with any recipe, to do it with a baked good, to me, is to really make it your own.
I love banana bread. This recipe is drop-dead easy. I don't even break out my mixer for this. I just use a wooden spoon, and a medium sized mixing bowl (and, of course, loaf pans...). That's how easy this recipe is. If you love banana bread as much as I do, or even just like it, give this recipe a try; I promise, it will quickly become a family favorite.
I like to leave some chunks of banana in my mix, it leaves a nice little surprise for those eating the finished product, to find a little bite of banana in the bread, but go on and mash away as much, or as little as you would like. Once you're happy with that, stir in the melted butter, just until thoroughly combined.
Once you're happy with this, dump in the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Don't worry about sifting it, just dump it all in and stir it until it the flour is just incorporated. Fold in your chocolate chips at this point, and you're done! Seriously. This takes about 10 minutes to bring together.
After an hour, here is the beautiful, golden brown bread that comes out. This comes out perfectly every time. If you don't like chocolate chips, leave them out! There are almost endless ways you could dress this bread up! Some added chopped pecans would be lovely, or walnuts, or you could easily add in some dried fruit of your choice, for a different route all together! This is what I call a good "base" recipe. You have the amounts of the items you have to have in this recipe (the flour, the baking powder, the egg, etc), but you can take out the cinnamon if you wanted, or the chocolate chips and put in whatever else you wanted along those lines! Play with it, and make it your own!