This Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread is the most comforting way to use all those fall apples this year.
Funny things happen when you send your spouse to the store. You have a recipe in your mind. The flavors are dead-set in your head. You just need el spouso to stop on the way home from work and grab the ingredients so you can make magic happen in the kitchen so said magic can end up in your mouth! So there you are. All day just day-dreaming about these flavors. You can pretty much taste them. And then the unthinkable happens. It all goes wrong. But in an amazing kind of way.
(stick with me, it’ll make sense soon)
So let me explain.
So these flavors I was day dreaming about. Apples and Butterscotch. One of my favorite fall-flavor combinations. Seriously, how can you go wrong here? I made it happen with this popcorn mixture, and I wanted to see it recreated in banana bread. I saw no problem in sending the wifey to the local grocery store to cure my cravings.
The only problem? We buy our baking chips in bulk. I know, that doesn’t sound like a problem.
Except for the fact that butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips are the same color. (and apparently my wife can’t read, but that’s another story I guess… I kid!)
So here I am mixing along. In go the apples. In go what I think are butterscotch chips. Give it a good mix, and then a swipe of a finger. Wifey follows suite.
We both swallow. Then the furrowed brow. Then simultaneously:
“Those are PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS! …….. mmmmmm!”
Frustrated for about half a second that I wasn’t going to get my apple+butterscotch fix, but it totally turned into gratitude that it all still worked out into something fantastically delicious!
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil , melted
- 3 medium ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 apples , peeled and diced (any variety you have on hand)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray.
Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup applesauce, and 1 Tablespoon oil. Set aside.
Add 3 bananas, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda to a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour half the banana mixture into the sugar mixture with 1 cup of all purpose flour. Stir until just incorporated, then add the remaining banana mixture and 1 cup whole wheat flour. Mix until just incorporated. Stir in diced apples and peanut butter chips. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before removing loaf from pan.
adapted from Crazy for Crust's Healthier Banana Bread