Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread
Summer is here and our CSA boxes have been packed with tons of fresh fruit! We love getting locally grown goodies sent to our door each week, but sometimes we don't make it through the whole box before things start to get a little...brown. Like our bananas! I like bananas just as much as the next girl, but they're not my favorite, and sometimes they get a little too brown before we have a chance to gobble 'em up. Turning mushy, overripe bananas into banana bread is probably my real favorite way to enjoy my bananas, so I never really mind letting them get to that point. And in this combo- mashed with peanut butter + sweet chocolate chunks? ITS AMAZING. And basically a few sprinkles of coconut bacon short of an Elvis sandwich! We've been noshing this loaf all week, but my favorite way is to stick a piece in the warm oven for a few minutes to let the chocolate get a little melty then slather a little butter on it and mmmm...you get it. It's foolproof- and even works well with gluten-free substitutes. Let's eat!
2-3 bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 cups whole wheat flour (we have also used a GF flour blend here, but used about 1 3/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chunks (or chips!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash your bananas. Set them aside.
In a large mixing bowl or in an electric mixer whisk together the oil, sugar, milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and vinegar. Let sit for 3-5 minutes, while you grab a third bowl and combine the flour, baking soda & powder, and salt. Once the wet ingredients are ready, slowly add in the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Once the two are completely combined and a batter has formed, add the mashed bananas. Stir again. Finally, add in the chocolate chunks and mix once to combine. Pour into a greased, lined or non-stick loaf pan. [We used a non-stick pan with a little parchment paper, for easy removal.] Bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on your oven. Bread is finished when a toothpick comes clean. Remove from the oven and let cool at least 30 minutes before enjoying a piece. Cover and save up to a week, or freeze indefinitely!