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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Some days I feel overwhelmed … and I wonder why. I mean, things are so much easier now than they were just a couple years ago. I listen to my friends’ problems and I feel like I have it so easy. I’m really okay. There aren’t any big tragedies in my life. My kids and I are healthy, I have a good job, a good home, good food, great friends and family.

But still some days everything in my life feels like just too much. I don’t know what it is. There just is too much to be done, too many things pulling at me, and I get to the point where I just don’t know how to respond, how to deal with anything. I can’t make a decision, I can’t even answer my kids’ questions. I just have to tell them to wait a bit. It’s times like this when I turn to the kitchen … the preparation of food soothes me, comforts me, makes things feel a little better.

And then I get a big hug from my daughter for making banana bread and everything is all right again. Is life really that simple? Can everything be turned around in an instant with one little hug?

Amazingly, yes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Adapted from Taste & Tell. This is a soft, moist banana bread with a subtle hint of peanut butter. For more peanut flavor, add some chopped peanuts. If you toast the nuts before adding them, it will bring out the peanut flavor even more.

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flaxmeal
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • For the top: a couple tablespoons of raw sugar (turbinado sugar)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan or mini loaf pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then add the milk, peanut butter, vanilla, yogurt and egg and mix well.
  3. Stir in the dry ingredients, then mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into one 4x5x9 inch bread pan or a few smaller loaf pans (I used 3 smaller ones.)
  5. Sprinkle the tops of the batter with raw sugar and place in the oven to bake.
  6. Bake smaller loaves for 30 – 45 minutes or larger loaf for 50 – 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bread rest in the pan for a few minutes before removing.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This recipe was shared at Thursday’s TreasuresFull Plate ThursdayFit & Fabulous Fridays, and Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

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8 responses

  1. I’m sorry your day has gone poorly. Mine too. We should both get some more hugs from our kids and eat some of your yummy bread an we will feel better in a jiffy. BAM

    February 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    • Ann

      I wrote this last night when I was feeling kinda down. Today is going much better, thanks to the hug, and the banana bread and a good night’s sleep. Thank you BAM for your kind words. I hope your day gets better and turns into a wonderful one for you.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

  2. egg me on

    I’m normally a banana bread purist, but this looks amazing. Also, hugs can do wonders. Glad your daughter helped. :)

    February 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

  3. This sounds awesome!!!!! Hugs make everything better! It will get better I promise!!!

    February 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

  4. Surprisingly I’ve never seen this combo- the pb, banana and choc chips. So smart! It looks awesome!

    February 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

  5. Looks delicious and I’m sure the hug helped cheer you up. Thanks for sharing!

    February 26, 2012 at 4:25 am

  6. Peanut Butter and Chocolate a great combination for your awesome bread. This is a great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    February 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

  7. Awwww, I know what you mean. Kids keep us grounded and make us smile. :) Great post and delish recipe!

    February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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