Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Happy National Peanut Butter Day, friends!  How are you celebrating this creamy, crunchy, and always delicious holiday?  If you answered baking, then I have a tasty recipe for you.

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Although I considered making cookies or peanut butter granola, I decided to pay homage to one of my favorite food combos—PB and banana.

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And quite fittingly, three bananas in my basket turned brown, signaling they’re ripe for picking baking.

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The secret to this recipe is the chopped peanuts; I can’t believe I nearly nixed them!  Their crisp crunch balances the moist banana and creamy peanut butter.

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Here’s to you, peanut butter!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Adapted from Joy the Baker

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

1/3 cup plain fat free Greek yogurt

1/3 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2 large eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts

Directions:

1.  Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together flours, flaxseed meal, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.

3.  In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and melted oil.  Whisk in eggs and sugars.  Blend mixture until smooth.

4.  Pour wet mixture into larger bowl with dry ingredients.  Fold together with a spatula until no more flour bits remain.  Fold in chopped nuts.  Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

5.  Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 20 minutes before moving bread onto a wire rack to cool completely.

You knew this question was coming–crunchy or smooth?

39 responses to “Peanut Butter Banana Bread

  1. Great minds think alike, my friend! I’m posting about peanut butter banana bread today too!

  2. I’ve had a recipe for peanut butter banana bread pinned for ages and still haven’t made it! I really need to fix that problem, especially on national peanut butter day! Yours looks great!

  3. All natural, unsalted crunchy!
    Bread looks delicious!

  4. This looks delicious. I bet you could totally sub another nut butter for the peanut butter 🙂

  5. Crunchy all the way! I like smooth too because all peanut butter is delicious but I love the crunch. Great idea on adding the peanuts into the bread. It sounds oh so delicious! 😀

  6. Can you just send me a slice, holmes?? 😉

  7. Peanut Butter Banana Bread seems to be the thing in the blog world today! My post tonight is about it too 😉 although I didn’t add any crunchy peanuts and I’m feeling a little sad!

  8. Besides the flaxseed, I actually have all these ingredients. It sounds pretty good. I actually like crunchy peanut a lot on sandwiches…I used to be smooth. I don’t know, I’m not too picky though LOL

  9. This look amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  10. That bread looks so moist and delicious! Like a cloud of whipped pb – banana heaven!

  11. Omg, I totally have to try this.

  12. Oh man! This sounds deliciousssss! Must make. Think it’d work with crunchy PB?

    • I bet it would–I have crunchy on hand, but since the original recipe called for creamy, I stuck to it. (I changed some other ingredients, so I wanted to keep a few things constant.) Let me know how it turns out with crunchy! 🙂

  13. This looks amazing! Pinning @ now. I celebrated by giving my dog some peanut butter 😛 I didn’t have any non-dog-PB in the apartment!

  14. Yummm PB banana bread sound AMAZING!! If you’d like to make me some, I’d be more than happy to accept!

  15. Holy yumville, Carrie!! This recipe combines three of my favorite things in the world – peanut butter, bananas and bread! I wonder how substituting honey (in lieu of the sugar) would work? Thoughts?? I may just have to try it and find out. Happy Friday to you!

    • I bet honey would work–I usually do that sub in most baked goods. My big gamble with this version was coconut oil for butter, so I didn’t want to change too many things right off that bat. 😉

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  17. YUM!!! I love peanut butter! I can eat either, but we typically buy smooth since my husband doesn’t like crunchy.

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