Monday, February 20, 2012

Peanut butter Banana Bread with chocolate chips

"Another banana bread?" you may ask. "Yes, but it has peanut butter in it." would be my answer.
Peanut butter and banana is a classic combination. Top it with few chocolate chips and you are in sugar heaven. This is one of those bakes that can be converted into a vegan recipe just by using flax meal as egg replacer. You would need vegan chocolate chips of course. Want to use all whole wheat flour? go ahead. Bread might be a little dense, but tasty nevertheless.
One year back - Chocolate Pudding
Two years back - My kid's birthday cakes
All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Baking Powder - 1 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Creamy peanut butter - 1/2 cup (not natural - see notes)
Banana - overripe 4 large to yield 1 3/4 - 2 cups of mashed bananas
Eggs - 2 large (Or 2 TBSP flax meal mixed with 6 TBSP of warm water)
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Mini chocolate chips - 3/4 cup

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a loaf pan that has 9 cup capacity. You could use a 9 or 10 cup bundt pan or tube pan. Or you could use 9 X 5 pan with two mini loaf pans. You could also use 2 pans of size 8 X 4 but you might not get a very tall loaf. Whatever you do, don't use just one pan of 9 X 5. It will overflow and make a mess. I used a 11 X 6 bundt loaf pan. In a bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda. In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, peanut butter and mashed banana together. Stir in vanilla. Add the dry mixture and slowly fold until no dry flour is visible. Do this mixing gently. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 55 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If baking in a tube pan or a loaf pan, tent loosely with aluminum foil after 45 minutes to prevent over browning. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it on to the wire rack to cool completely. Slice when completely cool. My pan took 1 hour and 10 minutes. It will be less if you bake in bundt or tube pan.
If using natural peanut butter, add 1/2 tsp salt and you might want to increase the sugar to 1 1/4 cup or 1 1/3 cup. This is not a very sweet bread. So, topping it with some jelly/jam is perfect if you have a sweet tooth. Or eat it with some plain milk.

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  1. this is my kind of bread! i love peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips together!!!

    1. Thanks Junia. As I mentioned in the post, you can make it vegan very easily. Could make GF too if you are alright using xanthum gum.

  2. Fantastic - This is why I love our food blogging community :) I'd never have thought of adding peanut butter to a loaf!

    1. Thanks Nish. Haha yes, foodbloggers' brain works wonders. Infinite possibilities in almost everything.

  3. Awesome looking bread with chocolate chips. Wonderfully prepared.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Looks so yummy...and it's pretty too! Love the shape of the pan you used!

  5. It looks so beautiful... I love the shape of the bread.... want that tin....

    1. Sumana, Thanks. It is a bundt loaf pan that I picked up for 2 bucks in some thrift store. Tell you what, when I come to B're, I will get you that pan. Only question is will it fit in your oven.

  6. Banana and peanuts..unique and a great combo..!! The loaf looks great..:)


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