Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Cover recipe- Cooking Light,        Peanut Butter Banana Bread: October 2010

This October 2010 issue of Cooking Light tempts us to indulge ourselves with the rich flavors of fall.  The fall issues of magazines always seem to be packed with great ideas for recipes that utilize butternut squash, pumpkin, apples and cranberry.  You’ll see some of these flavors in this issue.  I’m not sure where banana bread fits into that theme, but there are a few banana bread recipes within the issue as well.  In addition to the Peanut Butter Banana Bread cover recipe, you’ll find recipes for Basic Banana Bread, Banana- Chocolate Walnut Bread, and Bananas Foster Bread.

For the cover recipe, peanut butter is whipped into the basic recipe for a moist banana bread with a hint of nutty flavor. A small amount of chopped roasted peanuts offers delightfully surprising crunch. See my notes below and read about how this recipe turned out.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Yield: 16 slices

Prep Time: 15 min + chill time

Cook Time: 1 hour 5 min

Ingredients:

BREAD
1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana
1/3  cup  plain fat-free yogurt
1/3  cup  creamy peanut butter
3  tablespoons  butter, melted
2  large eggs
1/2  cup  granulated sugar
1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
6.75  ounces  all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4  cup  ground flaxseed
3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/8  teaspoon  ground allspice
2  tablespoons  chopped dry-roasted peanuts
Cooking spray

GLAZE:
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon 1% lowfat milk
1 Tablespoon creamy peanut butter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. To prepare bread, combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed. Add granulated and brown sugars; beat until blended.
3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through allspice) in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Stir in nuts. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; cool.
4. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, and 1 tablespoon peanut butter in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over bread.

Tips:

*I used bananas that I had frozen in increments of 1 1/2 cups.  They thawed out perfectly & worked well in this recipe.
*Ground flaxseed adds a nutty flavor to the bread.
*Nix the peanuts- none of my taste testers cared much for the added crunch, and you'll save on some calories too.
*The glaze was good, though it took some adjusting to get the consistency just right.  I'd only add the glaze if you are assuming your bread will be eaten the day it's made.  We took several days to eat our loaf, and the glaze doesn't really seem to hold up well longer than a day.  The bread would be perfectly fine without it.
*I baked my loaf on the center rack, and it was completely done and starting to brown too quickly on the edges at the 50 minute mark.  I'd suggest checking your bread at 45 minutes, and then covering it with aluminum foil for the remainder of baking if it's starting to brown too quickly.
*The batter would make great muffins too.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/16th of the bread
Calories per serving: 198
Fat per serving: 7.4g
Saturated Fat per serving: 2.3g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">200g
Fiber per serving: 1.9g
Protein per serving: 4.7g
Cholesterol per serving: 28mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 29.7g

Source:  Cooking Light, October 2010

The results:

This was a fantastic recipe- very moist and very flavorful.  It was enjoyed by all in my house. Note that the yield is 16 servings.  I know that Cooking Light is trying to manage their advertised calorie count in their recipes, but dividing this loaf of bread into 16 servings isn’t really realistic.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Maybe. It was very good, but I’m just not quite sure how it relates to the fall theme of the magazine.  I did love seeing a banana bread on the cover, though.

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.

17 Responses to “Chocolate- Mint Bars”

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    Tracey — March 10, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    I love the chocolate/mint combo so these look fantastic to me! Even better that it’s a CL recipe :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 11, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    These sounds like a wonderful, lightened-up treat to indulge in. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day.

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    A Bowl Of Mush — March 11, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Ooh I want one now! Yum!!

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    Jenny Flake — March 11, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    That last photo is so gorgeous! making me want a mint bar asap!!

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    Sandra Simmons — March 11, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    THANK YOU for posting the WW points! I would love to make this but 7 is steep and would just multiply since I would probably eat the whole pan!

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    Tracy — March 11, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    Perfect for St. Patty’s Day! Yum!

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    Laurel — March 11, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    These look so delicious, and pretty! We’re featuring all things GREEN this week on the M&T Spotlight and I’d love for you to submit this. http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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    Evan Thomas — March 12, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Yum! I would hope for a fudgier brownie but even so these sound terrific. I made a recipe similar to this back in January. Dare I say they were my favorite brownies ever?

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 12, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

    One of my favorite things that my mom makes is a chocolate mint bar… that’s exactly like this.

    I just read your note that said that they’re good cold… YES! We always kept them in the freezer. It’s so much better that way.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — March 12, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Oh, I’m so craving chocolate and mint right now. Have something planned for next week, but it’s not light….and it SHOULD be; I’m *trying* to be good! ;) Darn those WW points!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Lori!

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    Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — March 12, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    I’ve been making a non light version of these for holiday gift baskets for yeasr. I’m anxious to try these and see the difference.

    One thing; that top layer used to be a problem until I started using a warm knife. Dip your knife into very hot water before slicing the squares, it should help to keep it from cracking without having to let the dessert warm up.

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    grace — March 13, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    bliss. yes, these are perfect for good ol’ st patty’s day, but they’re more than welcome in my belly any day. :)

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    anjali — March 14, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    These look so delicious! I have a feeling I’ll be making these someday soon.

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    Jeannie — March 17, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    looks so good! I am so drooling !

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    Heather — April 17, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    Made this yesterday and I must say it’s delish!!!!!! Cannot stop eating this and I still need to bring it to my moms for Sunday dinner!!

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    WEndy Moor — December 17, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    THESE ARE SO GOOD. My sister made them last year. Couldn’t believe they were “light.” So glad I found this recipe :)

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    Pat Kachold — December 20, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    I call them Frango Mint Bars. They are one of my must bake Christmas bars.
    I’ve been making these for at least 20 years. Don’t remember where the recipe came from but they are a seasonal favorite of mine. I do make them on special occasions When asked. Everyone should have this recipe in their recipe box.
    Yummy

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