I’d like to tell you that my inaugural recipe for peanut butter banana bread was carefully thought out after poring over hundreds of online recipes and cookbooks. But really it started with some overripe bananas.
In my kitchen if often feels like feast or famine. Either I have too much of something (how did I end up with four economy-size bottles of ketchup?) or not enough. I blame the erratic eating habits of young kids. My meal planning is impeccable so it’s certainly not me . . .
In this case, my children collectively decided bananas were disgusting (check back next week as it’s likely to change) and thus I ended up with a half dozen overripe mushy bananas. I hate to waste food so I usually make a straightforward banana bread. Can’t go wrong with that, right? Maybe I’ll add some chocolate chips to really go wild but that’s it. No muss, no fuss.
For you, my dear readers though, I decided to mix it up. Looking at the bananas made me think of the sandwiches my mother used to pack in my school lunch — you know the ones? Peanut butter, banana slices, maybe some honey. Sure, they pretty much super glued your mouth shut but they were tasty and filling. To this day something about the combination of banana and peanut butter makes me feel comfy-cozy. Like a warm blanket in food form – does that make sense? No? Nevermind then, carry on.
Anyhoo, I decided to try to incorporate those childhood flavors in a quick bread that even Elvis* would have loved. But instead of incorporating peanut butter into the batter, I added a peanut butter swirl so each flavor remains distinct and every bite is a little different. Plus swirls are pretty. Duh. A slice of this bread is a great start to the day, a perfect mid-morning snack and it can double as after-dinner dessert in a pinch. Though if you bake it in the morning I doubt it will last that long. It didn’t in my house. Enjoy with cup of coffee, tea or, if you’re feeling nostalgic like me, a big glass of milk!
*Elvis loved bananas and peanut butter. Yum. With bacon. Eeew.