Peanut Butter Banana Bread
"I often like to bake when I’m feeling anxious or stressed. There’s something about mixing a few basic pantry staples together and watching them rise and turn into something delicious through the oven window.
Cleaning out my fridge or freezer is another task that I like to complete during a time of unease. This recipe is a result of both of these. I found bananas all the way in the back of my freezer and what better compliment than a little peanut butter (which I always have)?"
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup brown bananas (approximately 3)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
- 1/4 cup unsalted, melted butter*
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, dark or light
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan with oil or butter and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork or potato masher. Add the peanut butter and melted butter and stir until well combined. Add the brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture, being careful not to overmix.
- Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
- Remove the pan from the oven and run a knife around the edges of the bread, carefully removing from the pan. Let the bread cool on the wire cooling rack until slightly warm. Cut into slices and serve.
Note: The bread will keep on the counter, wrapped in plastic wrap, up to three days. You can also freeze for up to one month—just defrost before slicing.
*Brown butter would be a lovely addition to this bread, giving it a nutty flavor. Simply melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan, swirling constantly until the milk solids begin to brown slightly. Remove butter from pan and allow to cool slightly before adding to the banana mixture.