Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Hi!Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana BreadBanana bread is comfort food at its finest. Best paired with a cold glass of milk in the early morning, a slice of banana bread will brighten up even the dreariest of days! While chocolate chip banana bread is a classic treat, chocolate peanut butter is an inventive new addition; its distinct flavor will literally add another layer to your next loaf. My peanut butter go-to? The Peanut Butter & Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams, but feel free to experiment with your own favorite brand. Don’t forget to sprinkle on the best part: the chocolate chips!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana BreadChocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread Loosely adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl

ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons chocolate peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons plus one teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

to make

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Microwave the peanut butter and one teaspoon of oil in a microwave safe bowl for about thirty seconds on high. Stir until smooth and set aside.
  3. Combine the remaining oil, butter, brown sugar, and sliced bananas with an electric mixer. Add the eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the banana mixture, starting and ending with the flour.
  5. Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan. Pour half of the batter into the pan. Top with the chocolate peanut butter mixture, and finish by pouring the rest of the batter on top. Swirl the layers together, and sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  6. Bake the bread for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the loaf cool for ten minutes before taking it out of the pan. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Bella

Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate MuffinsI think some tasty muffins are the perfect way to kick off spring, don’t you?! Peanut butter and chocolate is no doubt one of my favorite combinations to work with, so it was only a matter of time until I moved on to one of my favorite things to bake: muffins! :) These are so easy to whip up, and they make the best breakfast treats and snacks. I imagine other mix-ins would be just as tasty, but sometimes the basic is what you need. Because of the peanut butter, these muffins can feel a bit dense after a few days, but it’s nothing a little reheating in the microwave can’t fix!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins Adapted from How Sweet It Is

ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

to make

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add in the egg, yogurt, and sugar until smooth.
  4. Slowly mix in the butter and peanut butter. Once creamy, whisk in the milk.
  5. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
  6. Grease twelve muffin cups in a standard muffin tin.
  7. Scoop out batter into each cup until about 3/4 the way full.
  8. Bake for fifteen to eighteen minutes; the tops should be slightly golden.
  9. Let cool, and then enjoy!

Have a wonderful rest of your day!
B

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Hi!

Peanut-Butter-Swirl-BrowniesOur kitchen is covered in holiday cookies right now, so it is hard for me to think that it was just last week that I made these scrumptious peanut butter swirl brownies! Chocolate and peanut butter are one of my favorite combos, so I am surprised that I hadn’t made these sooner. Anyhoo, these brownies are a rich and yummy treat, and they are absolutely delightful with a large glass of milk. I think in the future I will avoid “over-swirling” near the end, but they were a fun new recipe nonetheless. Definitely a standout among all the holiday cookies, wouldn’t you say?

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Adapted from Love & Olive Oil

ingredients

for brownie base

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

for the peanut butter swirl

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

to make

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, cocoa powder, oil, and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the flour, and set aside.
  4. For the peanut butter swirl, mix together the butter, peanut butter, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl until smooth. Add in the confectioner’s sugar and salt, and again, stir until smooth.
  5. Grease an eight by eight inch square pan with butter.
  6. Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. Drop dollops of the peanut butter layer on top. Use a butter knife to swirl the two layers together.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let the brownies cool on a wire rack before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

Have a terrific evening!

Bella :)