Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

I decided to take my new mini-loaf pan for a spin this morning with a new recipe. The three browning bananas on my counter have been calling my name but I thought I’d go for something other than your standard banana bread. And as I was thinking about bananas, old memories of peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches came to me, and so that was my inspiration for this bread. I added chocolate chips, because well, I like chocolate, so why not?

The bread turned out really good. It’s moist, it’s heavy, and rich, and the peanut butter makes it stick to the roof of your mouth. My little taste-testers (Brogan and Beckett) also approved.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

3 (really) ripe bananas
1 stick of butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

1.) In an electric stand mixer on the lowest setting, add bananas, butter, brown sugar and peanut butter and beat until smooth. Then add egg, vanilla, honey and buttermilk.
2.) In a medium size bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, baking soda and salt. Mix together and then slowly pour into the liquid mixture. Beat until fully incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.
3.) Pour into 8 buttered mini loaf pans or 1 standard loaf pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven; about 30 minutes for the mini loaf pans and about 1 hour for the standard. Insert a toothpick in the center of the bread to test if it’s done.

Peanut butter banana batter

Buttered mini loaf pans
To butter the pans, I placed a little bit of softened butter in each loaf pan and then rubbed it around with a paper towel. The loaves slid out very easily.

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Peanut butter banana bread baked

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My little photo shoot helpers… can you tell they were ready to eat?

Photoshoot helper Brogan

Photoshoot helper Beckett

Cinnamon Bread

Anyone eat cinnamon toast growing up? White bread, slathered with butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar?? I loved that stuff! It was such a treat when my mom would let me make it… oh, and at grandma’s house… I always had it there (because you get whatever you want at your grandparents’, right??).

But I did not go in search of cinnamon toast when looking for this recipe. Actually, it was more of a practical search. I had buttermilk. A lot of it. The best by date says tomorrow. So I searched Pinterest for buttermilk bread… scrolled through dozens of pictures until I found this one. Looked interesting. Had a lot of repins. Pretty simple – flour, buttermilk, butter, sugar, cinnamon, eggs and baking soda. But perhaps there was something familiar about these flavors that had my subconscious drawing me to it. And come about minute 25 in the oven when it really started smellin’ up the kitchen that I thought, OH MY GOSH THAT SMELLS JUST LIKE CINNAMON TOAST!!! I HAVEN’T HAD CINNAMON TOAST IN YEARS!!! Yes, I was thinking in all caps. It was that exciting.

I made a couple of changes to the recipe… did half brown and half white sugar, added a little ginger, added cinnamon to the batter, and topped it with a streusel. (I made a pumpkin bread with a streusel and I’m addicted – all my future breads may be streuseled!)

Ok, so I just tried it. Holy cow. Turns out it’s a cross between cinnamon toast and a cinnamon bun. I usually don’t start typing up a post about food until I’ve tried it… but I had a good feeling about this one.  This stuff is sinful – too much butter, too much sugar, but ohhh so good and worth every calorie.

Cinnamon Bread

1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger

Cinnamon Sugar Topping and Streusel 

3 tbsp white sugar
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3 tbsp softened butter (add at the end)

1.) Cream butter, sugar and egg with an electric mixer. Add buttermilk, then flour, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. Beat until smooth.
2.) Mix together the sugars, cinnamon and ginger for the topping. Pour half of the batter into a buttered and floured loaf pan. Sprinkle with about 3 tbsp of the sugar and spice mix. Pour the remaining batter on top.
3.) Add the softened butter to the remaining spice mix. With a fork, mix until fully incorporated. Place small dollops of the buttered sugar spice mix all over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Then make your self a plate, unbutton your pants and try to not eat the whole thing (as I’m eating my second piece… within 10 minutes… in yoga pants).

Modified from Amish Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon Bread Batter

Buttering a dish

Flouring a dish

First layer of sugar and spice

Cinnamon Bread Streusel

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Cinnamon Bread