Monday, October 3, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Bread (and An Apology)

I have been a very bad blogger as of late. While I prided myself in the past on sharing several posts a week, lately my blogging has been more sporadic, and I sincerely apologize to my fabulous readers. I have had a new job for the past month and a half and it has kept me on my toes. I'm working on another TV show (back to my old ways) and it takes up a lot of time. Until recently, I didn't have internet in my new apartment, so that has also added to the challenge of keeping up with my posts as well as reading all of your wonderful blogs. I am doing my best to keep up, and I hope you will all be patient as I work out the kinks in my suddenly very busy life :)

As a little gift and means to an apology, I'm sharing this super easy peanut butter banana bread recipe. Not only is it adapted from Cooking Light (which means you can make it with less guilt), but I assure you it is one of the moistest quick breads I have made! The peanut butter flavor isn't as strong as I would like, but overall it's definitely a winner and so easy to whip up. Please enjoy! I hope to have more recipes to share with you all soon! Much love, today and always...

Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
(Adapted from Cooking Light)

Cooking spray or butter for greasing pan
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt (I used full-fat, don't shoot me)
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 T. butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground allspice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or butter until well coated.

Combine first mashed bananas, yogurt, peanut butter, melted butter, and eggs in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment at medium speed. Add granulated and brown sugars and beat until blended, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed.

Combine flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in a bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture and beat just until blended. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven the oven and cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan and cool completely.


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