"Baby, it's cold outside." No, I mean really cold - snowing and everything, minus degrees and all. On this fine weekend, the cold and heinous weather inspired this warming recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Adapted from a recipe by 'Joy the Baker' - this bread is an absolute winner, and it will warm up your kitchen and make your house smell amazing - beware, you'll want to eat every morsel of it in one sitting.
A great way to mash the bananas is to peel them and squeeze them with your fingers over a mixing bowl (this also is a great stress reliever) - try to squeeze until most of the lumps are gone.
Feel free to adjust the sugar levels in this bread to your liking. The measurement is 1 cup but it works out just the same if you use a little less or a little more. Adding nuts and chocolate is also optional so this is a great recipe to play with, make it your own, depending on your mood.
What you need:
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)
- 3 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup fat-free yoghurt/sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
- Use butter and flour to grease a good sized loaf pan
- Mix flours, baking soda, salt and spices in a large bowl
- In a medium bowl, squish & mix mashed bananas, butter, peanut butter and yoghurt
- Add eggs, sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth
- Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and stir together until all flour is combined
- Fold in nuts and chocolate chips
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about an hour (when a knife comes out clean, it's ready)
- Let the bread cool down before removing from the pan
- Then slice and enjoy!