Peanut butter and chocolate is an obvious pairing, but peanut butter and bananas might be my favorite. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are awesome. I really love them grilled with some chocolate chips in the middle, too, but it's not every day that we have chocolate chips in the house. They're just too tempting for some people, I guess, and they end up disappearing. I've never combined the three into a dessert before, but I have no idea why. They're so good together.
When I noticed that we had a bunch of bananas quickly becoming overripe, it occurred to me to make banana bread. Actually, I remembered that banana bread even existed. We used to make banana bread pretty often, but we haven't had it in so long. Maybe we just haven't had overripe bananas in a long time. I've been in a banana-spinach smoothie phase, so they've been going pretty fast.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread
Adapted from Food Network. Recipe is for one banana bread loaf.
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
4 very ripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tbsp. peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, plus a few extra
Preheat your oven to 325ºF.
Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Blend the eggs in one at a time, followed by the bananas.
Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Fold in the peanut butter and chocolate chips.
Spoon the batter into a buttered loaf pan, sprinkle with some additional chocolate chips, and bake for 40-50 minutes.
It's a little dense and not overly sweet, so it's perfect with coffee in the morning. I like to serve warm slices for breakfast, spread with a little butter or honey. You could also do a little vanilla ice cream on top for dessert. Either way, it's really good.