Pretty much everyone loves Banana Bread, especially when its just out of the oven and slathered with butter. My ‘Not Your Grandmother’s’ Banana Bread’ gives you the extra kick of melted chocolate and nuts, not to mention just a hint of peanut butter flavor.
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Ingredients & Directions Oven at 350F Bake for 50 – 55 minutes
++ Use a 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan, if possible !! If using a smaller pan, you may have to increase cooking time & the banana bread might be a bit crumbly… but still delicious!!
- 2 medium – VERY RIPE – bananas…. enough to equal 1 cup
- 1 Tbs. lemon juice ++ If you don’t have any lemon juice.. that’s fine.
- 1/4 cup buttered, SOFTENED ++Put in microwave for a few seconds.
- 1/4 cup chunk-style peanut butter
- 1/4 cup sugar If you don’t have brown sugar, use a total of 1/2 cup regular sugar.
- 1/4 cup brown sugar ++ DON’T pack down the brown sugar.
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking POWDER
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup M&Ms
- 1/4 chopped peanuts OR chopped walnuts
Put bananas in a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Measure out 1 cup and place mashed banana in a large bowl. Add 1 Tbs. lemon juice, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup chunk-style peanut butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar (NOT packed), 1 large egg, 1/3 cup milk, 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking POWDER, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
Mix with electric mixer until ‘just combined’. Stir in 1 cup M&Ms and 1/4 cup chopped peanuts OR walnuts.
Pour into greased loaf pan (I suggest a 9 x 5 x 3). ++ I like to sprinkle the top with 2 tsp. of sugar, which gives the banana bread a nice look.
Bake for 50 – 55 minutes until a knife (or toothpick) comes out clean when stuck into the center of the loaf. Cool banana bread (still in the pan) on a rack for about 10 minutes, then turn it out onto the rack to cool further. (I bet the bread won’t last more than two minutes before someone cuts into it.) Enjoy!