Wow. Just wait until you guys try this recipe. I mean really. Wow. Doesn’t the title say it all? But ok, more on that later.
Yesterday’s workout was nice and relaxing. I’m not even sure I would consider it a workout, but since I am trying to document any type of physical activity that I engage in, I will include it on here. Yesterday Fabio and I walked Jack up to the dog park and meandered around Arlington along the way. We took “the long way” to the park and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. At the dog park, Jack met another black lab mix, whose name was also Jack! Our Jack could not get enough of his twin and he followed him around the whole time.
After we got home from the park, we dropped off Jack and walked over to the store to pick up some groceries for the week (remember the aforementioned car trouble? That’s why we walked to the grocery store). Luckily there are a number of grocery stores within walking distance from our apartment so the walk wasn’t too bad. I’d say by the end of the day we probably walked around 3 miles. Not too bad for a lazy Sunday!
Ok so now that I’ve bored you with my “exercise” from yesterday, it’s time for today’s recipe! A few weeks ago I saw this recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread on Pinterest. Even though I knew it wasn’t healthy at all I couldn’t stop thinking about the delicious bread. By the end of last week we just happened to have three overly-ripe bananas. You could say it was a coincidence…or you could say that I purposely avoided eating them throughout the week just so that I could make this recipe over the weekend . You tell me what you think happened!
So anyway, I decided to make this recipe on Sunday and I plan to have it as my dessert all this week. I honestly think it’s ok to indulge sometimes and just bake whatever treat you are craving, as long as you eat it in moderation. I made this banana bread because I knew otherwise I would never stop thinking about it and even if I made a lightened-up version I would have just been disappointed that it wasn’t the decadent chocolatey peanut-buttery version that I was dreaming of. So in the end, I made the bread and do not feel one bit guilty. I will eat the bread in small portions and only after eating healthy and exercising that day. My belief is that if you are constantly restricting your food choices you will never stick to a healthy diet. Anyway, enough talk! Here’s how to make it:
First preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan with butter or shortening. Then pour all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk until combined (I forgot to photograph this step- woops!). In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix until smooth. I used a fork first to mash the bananas and then switched to an electric mixer (no, I do not own a KitchenAid mixer…but one day I will!).
The mixture was pretty lumpy at first, but soon it was smooth.
Once the wet ingredients are combined, slowly add in your dry ingredients. The mixture should be lumpy, so I just used a spatula to fold in the dry ingredients.
Once all the dry ingredients are incorporated, you can add in your chocolate chips and pour the batter into your greased loaf pan.
Bake the yummy, delicious cake bread for one hour or until the top starts to brown. Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes (or impatiently cut into a piece before allowing it to cool and have it fall apart all over your plate like I did).
Eat a small portion (if you can…) with an ice cold glass of skim milk and you are set for dessert for the week! Hey, at least there’s some fruit in there right??
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adopted from Cookies & Cups
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup oil (the bread was pretty moist so I might eliminate this next time)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- About 1 cup of chocolate chips (I eyeballed it)
- About 1 cup nuts (I omitted)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease your loaf pan (I used an 8 x 4 pan) with butter or shortening.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl stir together your bananas, peanut butter, oil, egg and sugars (I used a fork first and then switched to an electric mixer).
- Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter should be lumpy.
- Fold in your chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until top starts to brown.
- Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes (if you can) before diving in.