Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Corey and I buy a ton of bananas every week. He takes one for breakfast and another for lunch every day and I always pack one in my lunch. We go through a lot of bananas at out house. Corey was out of town last week, though, so by the time Monday morning rolled around last week's bananas were not looking so appealing.

I decided to make this week's breakfasts a little extra special by baking some banana bread. Banana nut bread is my absolute favorite breakfast treat. I wanted to be able to throw this bread together quickly, with little effort, and with ingredients I already had ad home.

I found this recipe for peanut butter banana bread and used it to inspire my own little afternoon project. If you have some over-ripe bananas lying around your kitchen, I highly suggest you make this immediately. You probably already have all the other ingredients.

You will need:
  • butter or cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream peanut butter (I think I used Jif)
  • 3 large ripe bannanas
  • 2 large eggs
  • chopped pecans or mini chocolate chips if you would like
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a bread pan.

Then mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine the peanut butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat on medium with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes. Obviously, I suggest the pink KitchenAid. Mash bananas with a fork then beat them and the eggs into the mixture. 

If your mixer has a stir setting you can continue to use it for the next step, otherwise it might be better to use a spoon or rubber spatula. Add the flour mixture and stir just until combined. If you want to add nuts or chocolate chips, you can do that during this step as well.

Pour the batter into the greased pan, making sure the top is smooth and flat. Then, bake for 45 minutes. Cover carefully with foil and bake an extra 10-15 minutes longer or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy!


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