August 27, 2008

Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chips + Bananas = Yummy Bread & Muffins!

How was that for a long title? ;)

As you may or may not know, I read alot of food blogs. I'm a bit obsessive with trying to read nearly everything that I have subscribed to in my Google reader. Of course, when I go away for a few days or can't take peeks during the day at work (shhh... don't tell anyone I do that!), they do tend to pile up on me. At one point I think I had well over 100 blog posts to read so I had to do a lot of skimming to get caught up.

One of the blogs that I enjoy reading is Recipegirl she shares some fantastic recipes and the photos are always mouth-watering. I discovered her blog while I was lurking over at the Cooking Light BB since she has another website that she started before she began blogging that contains a ton of recipes that she's made and has shared. Her recipe site also allows for users to rate the recipes once they have made them. Pretty cool!

Now the reason I mention Recipegirl, is that I was reading through the many blog posts that I have bookmarked to make and one really caught my eye, Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. I have quite a few really ripe bananas sitting on my counter and I don't know about anyone else, but I can't let them go to waste! I usually make Favorite Banana Bread, but this time I wanted to make something more jazzed up. I also wanted something that My Oldest would like and I could send in his backpack for the morning snack. This could be considered a healthy snack since half of the flour used is whole wheat flour. The sugar is not overkill either.

The batter is rather thick due to the peanut butter. I thought this was a good thing since I decided to make one loaf and a dozen muffins from the recipe. When I make muffins, I like to use my larger ice cream scoop to get the batter into my muffin tin and the thicker batter seemed to work exceptionally well this way.

pb choc chip banana muffin

I made the recipe as written with no changes and it was delicious! The muffins were the first to be taste-tested since they came out of the oven around 22 minutes - one reason I love making muffins, almost instant gratification. The peanut butter is truly the star of this muffin. While the banana bits are distributed throughout the finished muffin/bread, they are there more for the moist, sweetness they have to offer. The chocolate chips were evenly distributed as well, I hate when they all end up on the bottom of the pan. The combination of chocolate, peanut butter and bananas is never a bad idea, and when made into muffins or a quick bread they make a fantastic breakfast or mid-morning snack.

pb choc chip banana bread

If you are looking for some other quick bread or muffin recipes, please go check out these blogs for some delicious recipes:

Easy Banana Muffins from the Diet Recipes Blog

Zucchini Bread from Stephanie's Kitchen

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Jersey Girl Cooks

11 comments:

Kristen said...

Quite the combo of flavors there. Yummy!
It gets to be hard to keep up with everyone out there, doesn't it? I wish I had a job reading blogs :)

Joelen said...

Mmm - pb + chocolate is such an awesome flavor combo and I love that you incorporated it into bread! Great job :0

Deborah said...

This does sound delicious, and a nice change from regular banana bread.

Stacey said...

That sounds absolutely delicious! I think I know what I'll be baking this weekend!

Jenny said...

Perfect combination, it's bound to be fantastic! I'd love it for breakfast right now!

katiez said...

Hmmmmm~ I wonder if I could make that PB, chocolate and zucchini....
I made chocolate zucchini bread that was fantastic....

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks like the perfect combination for a muffin! :) I like Kate's idea of zucchini, as I am not a big banana fan! I say, go for it Katie!

RecipeGirl said...

You are so sweet... thank you for the mention :)

Glad you liked this recipe! Making it into muffins is a good idea.

hot garlic said...

I keep seeing your cute little m&m avatar and I had to come and sneak a peek at who was behind it. Yum! Everything looks delicious! All of these breads and muffins are making me hungry!

EAT! said...

I make peanut butter chocolate chip and banana granola bars - I can't wait to add this recipe to my files.

Dragon said...

I can't wait to try these. They look amazing!

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