My baking typically falls by the wayside during the summer, and this year was no different. So when I whipped up this moist and delicious banana bread this week, my kids cheered. Ok, they didn’t literally cheer but my daughter did say, “Mom, I’m so glad you’re baking again.”
This banana bread is out of this world, and keeps for days. And who doesn’t love banana bread? It comes together in minutes and nothing says thank you to a teacher, friend or hostess like a loaf of homemade goodness. Just when you thought banana bread couldn’t get any better, add some crunchy peanut butter to really put it over the top. I used natural peanut butter, but any peanut butter will do here, including creamy.
My kids have been scarfing this down after school and for breakfast – I’m sure your family will too.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
(adapted from Baked Elements)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 ripe (or over-ripe) bananas, mashed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup crunchy peanut butter (I used natural-style)
2/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour (or spray with baking spray) a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
In one large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda and set aside. In another large bowl combine bananas, oil, eggs, milk, vanilla and peanut butter. Add chocolate chips and stir briefly to combine. Add the wet ingredient to the dry ingredients and fold with a rubber spatula until just combined. Do not over-mix!
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 60-75 minutes. If your bread is over-browning while baking (I smelled mine!), tent with foil. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes and turn out onto rack to cool completely.
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Plan B Mom is a mostly-stay-at-home mom of 3 who works from home but sees her main job as managing her family. When she is not taking care of her 13-year old and 11-year old girls, 9- year old son, yellow lab, and husband – she is baking, running, carpooling, or helping with homework. She tries to stay organized to keep life running smoothly – or at least catastrophes at bay. Follow her on Twitter at @PlanBMom.