Ahhh, the oven is fixed!
And I’m back in business.
This week’s recipe is brought to you by my craving for anything that combines the flavors of bananas and peanut butter. (Best brought to my mouth by simply dipping a banana into, you guessed it, peanut butter – I have my own dedicated tub for just that purpose, by the way.)
Anyhow, when I saw this recipe, I knew I needed to make it.
Peanut Butter Banana Bread, adapted from Joy the Baker
3 ripe bananas
1/3 c vanilla yogurt
1/3 c crunchy peanut butter
3 T butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 c all-purpose flour
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t ground allspice
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
In a mixer, beat bananas until light and creamy. Add yogurt, peanut butter and melted butter. Blend in eggs, sugars, and vanilla. Mix until no sugar lumps remain.
Add all dry ingredients, and fold together with a spatula until no more flour bits remain.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before running a butter knife along the edges of the pan and inverting the bread onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Well, this is certainly great banana bread… but it’s not nearly as peanut buttery as I’d really hoped. (Hubs didn’t even realize there was peanut butter in it.)
I could taste the peanut butter, myself, but it was a very subtle undertone instead of the salty burst of flavor I was looking for. Not that this stopped me from eating it at all. Somehow, I perservered. ;)
Anyways the texture is super moist with an almost barely crunchy crust, which delighted my senses. And, honestly, you can never go wrong with a good banana bread regardless of what you’re craving.
So, I still recommend trying this – but if you want the pb and banana combo, I think I’d double the amount of peanut butter. Or just spread some on top.
Happy Hump Day!