What is it about banana bread that is so damn comforting? From the moment I begin tossing my ingredients together and mixing the batter, a sense of calm comes over me and makes me feel happy. Then there’s the sweet aromas drifting out of the oven as the loaf slowly rises. It’s a moment of pure bliss. The past few months have been nothing less than a challenge for me both emotionally and, inevitably, physically, so I’ve been looking for ways to ease my anxiety and give me a moment of happiness. Being in the kitchen does just that. With everything going on, I’ve been searching for comfort, and this time it came in the form of this fluffy banana bread.
The addition of the Greek yogurt makes each slice soft and moist, while the peanut butter gives it an extra boost of nutty goodness that cuts through the sweetness to give it a well-rounded flavour. I also decided to use Truvia Bakind Blend, which is a blend of sugar and stevia. It’s a great way to cut down on the amount of sugar without altering the taste. If you’ve haven’t given it a try, I highly recommend you do. I decided to top it with dark chocolate chips for a little extra indulgence, but adding chopped walnuts, unsweetened coconut flakes or even a few banana slices are other ways to personalize it.
What do you like to top your banana bread with?
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tbsp Earth Balance
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups roughly mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Start by preheating your oven to 350°. Then spray a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray (I love the Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil spray #justsaying).
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, add the Earth Balance and peanut butter and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften.
3. In a larger bowl, add the Earth Balance/peanut butter mixture, then add the Truvia and the brown sugar and combine with a hand-held mixer on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the banana, yogurt and vanilla, and beat until well blended.
4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture in batches, mixing on low speed until all ingredients are properly combined.
5. Spoon mixture into the prepared loaf pan and top with a few dark chocolate chips (or you can add whatever toppings you like).
6. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a baking tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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