Ever since I found the recipe for Chocolatey Peanut Butter and Banana Bread in my Better Homes and Gardens Annual Recipes 1998 cookbook, Alex has been telling me I should make it whenever I’m not sure what to make. It sounded pretty awesome and special, so I didn’t want to make it without sharing it. Our friend Karen was staying with us for a few days, though, so I finally had the perfect opportunity to make it!
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Chocolatey Peanut Butter and Banana Bread
1 cup mashed banana
¾ cup sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup milk
2 cups self-rising flour (or 2 cups AP flour plus 2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon baking soda)
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped peanuts or pecans (which I omitted)
Grease bottom and ½ inch up the sides of 2 8×4 loaf pans. Mix together eggs, bananas, sugar, peanut butter, and milk. Stir in flour until just moistened. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon into prepared pans and bake in 350F oven about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove loaves from pans. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight for easier slicing.
At first I was going to use natural peanut butter, so I added a little extra sugar. Then I discovered I didn’t have enough – but Karen to the rescue! She had just moved out of her apartment, so she randomly had an unopened jar of peanut butter packed away in a box since she didn’t want to throw it away. I got to keep it instead, and use it to feed her! I didn’t have self-rising flour, so I added leavening (as explained in the ingredients section). I think I baked these the full 45 minutes, but I may have baked it a little less. We had it for breakfast the next day.
This was pretty good. I’m not a big peanut butter person, but I did enjoy this. The chocolate chips really added something, too. It was very satisfying for breakfast, and made a good snack. It’s a much more special version of banana bread so I’d make it again to take in to work or to share. Give it a try!