Saturday, June 8, 2013

Peanut Butter Chip Banana Bread

Makes 1 Loaf

3/4 cup butter, softened (12 tablespoons...1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 bananas, overripe and soft
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1 cup peanut butter chips


Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter and sugar together 2 minutes until pale yellow. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating well between; then beat 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in bananas until incorporated well, then peanut butter and vanilla, mixing well until combined. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and gently fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing only until JUST combined. Gently stir in peanuts and peanut butter chips. Pour into well greased loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes in the center of the oven, on the center rack. *If you bake on the upper or lower racks instead of center, remember to rotate halfway through the bake time or you'll end up with overdone edges and/or bottom* Remove from oven and let cool in pan 10 minutes before running a butter knife along the edges and then tipping on a pan, flipping it over right side up until cooled; can serve warm or cold. 

One of our family's favorite things is a peanut butter and banana sandwich with a tall glass of cold milk. I made some banana bread earlier this week and had a couple bananas left so I decided to  try something new: peanut butter banana bread! And it turned out amazing. This will definitely be a regular in our household from now on! I only had two bananas so I used a teaspoon and a half of banana flavored extract also, but I definitely prefer to use three bananas rather than the extract. I could see this served with some peanut butter spread on top or warm from the oven with a pat of butter on it. Give it a try! It's yumm-o. 

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