February 26, 2013

peanut butter banana bread with chocolate chips

Last week, I happened to have 3 brown bananas in the pantry. If you can tell, bananas are always my favorite snacks and from that point I have thoughts of doing banana bread. Then as I was browsing through Google Reader, this one popped up! Amazingly I've been looking for this concoction for years – peanut butter, chocolate and banana; ultra-yummy! Well I’m not a peanut butter junkie but I think those sweet guys will work well together. Don’t you think so? Zass! I’m glad that I have added the recipe to my rotation of banana bread options :)
My mum used to ‘ripe’ bananas from our backyard in the kitchen and for some reason, overripe bananas resulted in a better cake/bread taste. Don’t underestimate them! But if you wish to give a try on the recipe, the bananas don’t have to be totally brown, but the bread will have the most flavors and be the moistest if you use bananas that are at least speckled with brown spots; as they have ripened.

Ever since I've made my Red Velvet Cake I’m always getting excited with any recipe that calls for buttermilk. It does wonders in things like quick breads, muffins, etc. as it gives them a fluffy, moist texture. You can substitute plain yogurt for the buttermilk but if you don’t want to purchase a jug of buttermilk just for bread, I would recommend making your own with regular milk just like I did. Read more about buttermilk here.

Let’s talk about the combo. Hmm not much to say, but it was the coziest feeling I've ever had and the good thing is – the simplest recipes always provide a comforting result.  You can take just for about 10 minutes whisking and folding them all together (unless you are doing an awkward baking tutorial and having a serious lightning problem) and then into the oven it goes! I was so excited waiting for it to come out from the oven. It took a long time in there but sure it worth every minute! Ohh one more thing, I would probably use 4 bananas next time because I would love it to be more banana-y :)

What you’ll need:

Let's get started!
Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
Recipe adapted from  Brown Eyed Baker

yield: 1 8x4-inch loaf pan

2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 medium bananas, mashed
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup buttermilk 
(or add 1 tsp. of white distilled vinegar to 1/3 cup of milk)
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan and then line with parchment paper so that it hangs over the two long sides.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the banana, peanut butter, sugars, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until completely combined and there are no spots with raw flour. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top into an even layer. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick or thin knife inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. If your bread appears to be browning too quickly, place a tented piece of foil over it (I did this at the 45-minute mark).
6. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. The cooled bread should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap; it can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.
 I've found that my bread is a little too sweet for me (though I have that kind of tooth). So be sure to lessen the sugar and PB amounts if you want to. 
Psttt. US sugars aren't too sweet like the ones we have here. Lesson learnt!
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  1. Hi Nour,

    Totally agree that this recipe is fantastic and great too to get rid of very-ripen bananas. Plus the combination of peanut butter and chocolate is always our family favourite.

    Nice to know you via blogging. Your blog is fantastic! Love all your precise instructions and all the photo showing all the ingredients and steps that you do. I'm now your latest follower and hope to hear from you soon.


    1. Hi Zoe, Nice to know you too!

      Awww I've been admiring your blog so much and now I feel soooo happy for getting such a lovely compliment from you, thanks a lot! :)

      Mine is not as fantastic as yours but I wish that it will be like yours some day! I'll be keeping up with your awesome posts :) Thanks once again! xo

    2. Hi Nour Aien,

      Nice to hear from you at my blog. Thanks for your lovely compliments. I love baking and hope to learn as much as I could. Through your blog, I'm learning lots of great baking tips.

      Keep in touch :D


  2. Hey this looks really good! :) I love peanut butter and banana and I also happen to have brown bananas in my fruit bowl. Thanks for the recipe!

    Btw- love your blog! it's very clean and easy to follow :)

    1. Hi Grace!

      Yep, it was really good! Feel free to give it a try now :) You're most welcome :)

      Thanks for your compliment. Nice to know you!

  3. Wow cake looks awesome dear, you've got a wonderful blog.
    Happy to follow u, do visit my space in ur free time.
    Have a luvly day :)

    1. Hi! Thanks :)

      Yey! Following you now :) Nice to know ya. xo

  4. peanut butter, banana, and chocolate. How can you go wrong? This is my kind of banana bread!

    1. I know it's your favorite Sally! PB will never go wrong :D

      I made this for you! *wink*

  5. Hello dear Nour,

    Wow what a lovely blog you have!!! Shows you love pink and sweet...hehehehe ;)
    Thanks a bunch of roses for visiting mine and leaving your precious views. Apologize for my late return, just had lil time to blogwalk my new visitors.

    By the way, I have never tried banana and peanut combo cakes, this must have been really good!!! Yours pics say it all. Loveliest dear...

    You have a superb week ahead...will be adding you to my blogroll :)

    1. Hello Sri!

      Oh my goodness you have no idea how tiny I am in this blogging world and you are one of my inspiring blog! You make me feel shy2 cat lah hehe :P I'm still new so I hope that I can learn so much new things from you. Yes I did :) No biggie for all that matters btw.

      Yes, this bread is finger lickin' good Sri! But not for those who doesn't like PB :)

      Thanks so much! Do keep in touch! *hugs*

  6. Its such a lovely recipe and great use for the bananas. I also like the combination of ingredients and certainly will be a hit among many including myself.

    1. You are absolutely right Nava! Thanks for dropping by :)

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  8. salam aien.... mak aihhhhh bikin akak meleleh air liur... sedapnyerr.... simpan dulu resepi ni ye... thanx aien...

    1. Wassalam Kak Hana. Segan uih senior jengah blog kite :D Silakan kak hana :)

  9. very informative and detail baking guide. I have just threw away some overly ripened bananas, it came to my mind to bake some banana cake but drop the idea knowing that I do not have the time to do baking nowadays.

    1. Hi Agnes, thanks!
      Oh really? Sometimes I did the same too because overripe bananas smell bad when left on the counter for days!

      Btw are you from Sabah? :) Why don't you try make some traditional desert named cengkodok instead :) My mom always mash them and mix with some flour,water and sugars few days ahead and keep them in the fridge. She will fry them for our breakfast and they are totally our all-time favorite!

  10. Hi, Thanks for dropping by my blog and leads me to discover your nice blog, will drop by more often next time.
    Chocolate and banana always work very well together , nice pick of a good recipe .

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