Friday, 9 October 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I'm convinced that bananas were put on this earth to tempt us into buying too many of them at once. At first it's all Happy Days with weekend pikelets, mid-week post-workout smoothies and trips to school as part of a packed lunch. But towards the end of the week, after a few overripe days mocking us from the fruit bowl, we are forced to a make banana bread and then eat it with lashings of unsalted Danish butter while sipping frothy coffee.  It's part of a master plan. Not a bad plan, really.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread
170g (1 1/2 cups) spelt flour (or plain flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
75g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g (1 cup) brown sugar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups banana puree (about 3 bananas)

Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).  Grease and line a 23 cm x 13 cm loaf pan with baking paper.  Set aside.

Sift the flour, baking soda and cinnamon into a bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar for 5 minutes until smooth and creamy.  Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the peanut butter.  Beat until incorporated and add the egg and vanilla, beating until thoroughly mixed.  Add the banana puree and beat to combine.  Stop the mixer, scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the flour mixture.  Mix at low speed until just combined.  Do not over beat.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top and bake for 50 - 55 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Leave in the pan for 20 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool. Slice thickly when warm or at room temperature and serve with butter or just as is... it's all good.


  1. You couldn't have expressed my thoughts about bananas more perfectly.. Somehow avocados always do the same thing too! And peanut butter and bananas are perfect companions. And spelt! Don't get me started. Love it. Looks so, so good!

  2. It's really not a bad plan because it's just so goooddd!! I always have some in the freezer for this kind of bread. & with peanut butter...yum! I have everything to make it and I don't already have plans for snacks for the next I'll make it for sure :)

    1. I have a very good peanut butter banana bread in front of me for breakfast and I have to thank you for it. Thanks Jen, it's really delicious and I have less bananas in the freezer, wou ooouuhh :)

  3. A perfect plan I would say... now pass me a slice please :)

  4. I totally concur. With all of the above. Overripe bananas make cake baking a responsible necessity.
    Save on food waste. Make banana bread.

    Oh, and Danish butter? * heart eyes emoji* *thumbs up*