The question: is banana bread bad for you? is what brings a lot of readers to this site, according to my good friends at Google Analytics. The answer: of course not. Now, I’m not saying that banana bread is health food, but that everything in moderation is A-OK.
I mean, think about it. Broccoli is great for you but if you ate too much of it, there would likely be some unpleasant side effects just as there would be if you ate, say a loaf of this peanut butter banana bread.
I’m not really one to toot my own horn so I’ll admit that this was a Cooking Light recipe that I saw on the cover of the magazine and couldn’t resist recreating. I’ll also admit that more than one of my friends who sampled this called it the best banana bread they’d ever tasted.
It has just enough peanut butter to lend a slightly nutty taste and moist texture without overpowering the banana flavor. There is a glaze that will push this right over the line that it’s already straddling between “bread” and “cake” that I opted not to use but if you make this, don’t hold back on my account.
Peanut butter is whipped into the basic recipe for a moist banana bread with a hint of nutty flavor. A small amount of chopped roasted peanuts offers delightfully surprising crunch.
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon 1% low-fat milk
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. To prepare bread, combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until blended.
3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through allspice) in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; cool. 4. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, and 1 tablespoon peanut butter in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over bread.