Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ever since I was a young girl I loved all kinds of chocolate chip breads: pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, and especially banana bread. Banana bread is still probably my favorite out of dessert breads. But let’s be honest here, anything with chocolate chips in it is my favorite. Chocolate makes everything taste better.

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A couple of days ago I decided to go rogue; I wanted to bake banana bread. I saw a Facebook video for banana desserts and all the recipes featured were very bland and uninspired. I wanted to give back to the banana dessert community with a fun banana bread recipe. This is something I have never made before and I was determined to try. So, I got some bananas and waited patiently for them to ripen. Once my bananas were ready, I was excited for the delicious task before me: to make drool-worthy banana bread. And since I’ve been on my peanut butter chocolate chip fix, I thought why not do a peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread??

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All said and done, I was very happy with the result. I had made my first homemade banana bread and it was delicious! The dark chocolate chips and peanut butter drizzle really makes this recipe standout in the crowd.

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Seriously, you have to try this! Grab some bananas now and let me know what you think!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Yields 1 Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (I used almond milk with 1 tbsp of lemon juice)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 3 ripe bananas. mashed with a fork
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter, warmed for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9 x 5″ loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine butter, sugar, buttermilk, peanut butter, vanilla extract, egg and egg yolk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until combined, then fold in mashed bananas and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until golden brown and a fork comes out clean, about 60 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes until serving.
  5. When ready to serve, drizzle with peanut butter (warmed in microwave).

 

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

If you like the flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate, then this recipe is a must try. I chose to make this because I wanted a peanut butter cookie, but I wanted something original. I thought why not whip up some peanut butter filling and stuff it into a chocolate cookie, because that seemed to be a good idea for my Sunday afternoon sweet tooth. Turns out it was. The cookie is chocolatey and the peanut butter filling is sweet, but still has that peanut buttery taste that is deliciously nutty.

Take it from me, a person who loves cookies, that these are worth trying.

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Cookie Time!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies                               Makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

For the Cookie:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I suggest Hershey’s)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk

For the Filling:

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Filling: combine peanut butter and powdered sugar in a medium sized bowl. When well combined, place the filling in the fridge. It will be easier to handle if chilled.
  2. Cookie dough: Using a stand mixer cream together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and airy. Add in egg and egg yolk with vanilla, beat until combined. Gently mix in flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda until all incorporated.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is heating up, lay out a long sheet of wax paper on a flat surface.
  4. Take the peanut butter filling out of the fridge. Roll the filling into 20-25 equally sized balls. If you want them smaller or bigger, then go ahead! Just remember to adjust the baking time as needed.
  5. Now to assemble the cookie: take a heaping tablespoon sized ball of chocolate cookie dough and flatten it on your palm. Place the peanut butter filling ball in the middle of the dough and cover the ball with the dough. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (you might need two for this recipe, depends one the number of cookies you are making). Repeat.
  6. Once cookies are all assembled, place cookie sheets in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Cookies should be set and look slightly cracked on top when they are done.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a plate and enjoy!

 

A New Adventure

Hello!

My name is Arianna and I love food.

I spend my free time looking at recipes and restaurant reviews. I enjoy trying new things and having fun tasting various cuisines. A couple of days ago a lightbulb went off and I decided to start a blog! I figured since I already talk about food enough and love writing, that I might as well put my passion out there. This blog is not meant to show off any mad pastry skills or how to be culinary master; this is a blog from the perspective of an amateur home cook and baker who likes to be adventurous. I will happily share with you my messes, my mistakes, my victories, and my journey into the world of tasty delights. Feel free to comment and share tips and tricks with me so that we can all learn together on becoming rulers of the kitchen!

Thank you for embarking on this journey with me.

Till the cookie crumbles,

Arianna