Mom and I delivered 28 pint boxes of spaghetti Wednesday to the Manna House to help feed the homeless. We do this every other week, and really enjoy feeling useful. Well, they provide some of the ingredients, and often give us other food as a bonus.
This week, we got a huge bunch of bananas that were on their way to being overripe. What better to do than make banana nut bread? Well, I'm a true Southern Girl, and I love peanut butter banana sandwiches. So I did a search online for peanut butter banana bread. I found one on http://www.allrecipes.com/, and the reviews were mixed. I wrote down the recipe for a guideline, but made it my way. And it turned out SO good!!
Enjoy a slice of this bread while its warm with a thick schmear of butter. :)
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
4 bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I omitted, because I used crunchy PB)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two loaf pans with non-stick spray. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars together with an electric mixer, then add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each egg. Add bananas and peanut butter, mixing well and scraping down the bowl. Sift flour and baking soda together, and add a little at a time until it's all incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and make sure there aren't any lumps of flour left. Gently stir in nuts. Divide batter between the loaf pans, and place in the oven. Bake for 55 - 65 minutes. Check with a toothpick or skewer. When it comes out clean, your bread is done. Place on a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes, then take out of the pan and let the bread finish cooling on the rack. Enjoy!!
If you have little ones in the house, you can put your bananas in a resealable bag, squeeze out most of the air, and give it to the littles to mash for you. When they're mashed, simply snip a corner of the bag and squeeze out all your banana goo into the bowl. Simple, fun, and easy!! No cleanup!