Monday, August 9, 2010

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup1olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
5 medium sized very ripe bananas mashed into large chunks
1 cup chopped peanuts (roasted and salted)

Peanut butter glaze:
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 tbs butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar


Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Preheat your oven to 350 and spray your 6″x9″ loaf pan with pam.
Chop the peanuts lightly in your food processor and set aside.  Peel and roughly chop the bananas and set aside.

In a small bowl combine the flour, salt, and cinnamon, set aside.
In another bowl whisk together the eggs and the vanilla, set aside.
In a large bowl use your mixer to  combine the sugar and oil with the speed on medium/low.  Once combined add the egg/vanilla mixture.  Mix until blended.

Combine the buttermilk and the baking soda in another small bowl and set aside.
Slowly add the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk/baking soda and continue to combine.  Once the mixture is perfectly blended slowly add the peanuts and chopped bananas.
Pour the mixture into two loaf pans and bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.  Test your bread by sticking a tooth pick in the center.  When the tooth pick comes out clean the bread is finished.  Once the bread has cooled slide it out of your pan and pour the glaze on top.   Yummy!

Peanut Butter Glaze
As soon as the Banana Bread is pulled from the oven begin to make the icing.  Melt the butter on low in a small sauce pan.  Add the powdered sugar and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved.  Add the peanut butter and continue to stir until the peanut butter has melted and a soft glaze has formed.  If the consistency is too thick feel free to add in more butter until you have a fairly runny consistency.  Make sure you do NOT use low fat peanut butter.  You need regular peanut butter that is full flavor or your glaze will be too thick.  Pour the glaze over your cooled loaf and let it sit for a few minutes so the glaze will firm up a bit as it cools.
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