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.
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.
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