Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread is a perfect breakfast or healthy snack. I love a warm slice of banana bread with a cup of coffee or glass of milk. It’s also great to pack in your kids lunch for a sweet treat!
I still remember my mom baking fresh banana bread for me and my brother. The entire house would have that amazing smell. We would eat half a loaf as soon as it came out of the oven! This is why she always fixed two loaves at a time.
My favorite snack and sometimes a treat in my lunch box was a peanut butter banana bread sandwich. Maybe that’s why I decided to make my version of Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread. Why not bake a swirl of peanut butter right into the loaf!
Banana bread is such an easy bread to make and doesn’t require any yeast or time to rise. It’s a great way to use up those bananas that are just a little too ripe to eat. Plus those extra ripe bananas will sweeten your bread naturally so you won’t need much extra sugar!
Is banana bread healthy?
Banana bread can be healthy, however many times bakers add more sugar or oil than what is needed. My banana bread gets most of the sweetness naturally from the ripe bananas and only needs a little honey and a few chocolate chips to enhance it.
When baking you need added oil or butter to give your bread a soft tender texture. However, I rely on the moisture from the bananas and greek yogurt. I only add a very small amount of coconut oil. The coconut oil gives it moisture but doesn’t leave a coconut flavor.
Is there a noticeable oat flavor in this banana bread?
I use old fashioned oats in this recipe and a lot of my other muffin and bread recipes. In this banana bread recipe I don’t even use my blender to make oat flour. You could blend but I find that the oats cook into the banana so well they are barely distinguishable.
How do you make banana bread?
Banana bread is one of the first baked goods I experimented with. Because I remember my mom making it, I wasn’t intimidated in giving this bread a try. Also it doesn’t require a mixer so as long as you have a bowl, loaf pan and a spatula you can easily prepare this delicious banana bread. Because there is no yeast required in a banana bread recipe there is no need to wait for it to rise before baking.
The basics to remember is to mix your wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another separate bowl. It’s important to mix together the baking powder, baking soda and salt to insure your bread rises well plus a clump of salt isn’t to tasty so mix your ingredients well before adding everything together.
Now we are going to bring the wet and dry ingredients together, by forming a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Start adding the wet ingredients with a spatula and mix gently. It is always important with baked goods not to over mix at this step. You may see little lumps but that’s okay because they will bake out. The key is to mix until there’s no more dry spots of flour. If using chocolate chips add and give another stir to incorporate.
Now we need to add half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan, add peanut butter and swirl into loaf and top with the rest of the batter.
Can you make muffins with banana bread?
You can make banana muffins with this recipe. I actually adapted my Healthy Banana Oat Muffin recipe into this banana bread recipe. I did add extra flour to give a nice big loaf of bread so you will get more than 12 muffins out of this recipe.
how to check when banana bread is FinisheD?
How do you know when your banana bread is finished baking? It maybe golden brown but it could still be a little doughy in the center. The best method for checking baked goods for doneness is a simple toothpick check. Insert a clean toothpick or a wooden skewer for a thicker bread loaf a few minutes before the specified baking time is ending. If it’s clean it’s ready to come out of oven. If there’s still wet crumbs it needs more time.
To prevent the bread from getting too brown cover the with foil during the last 10 minutes of baking.
can you freeze banana bread?
You can definitely freeze banana bread. If you want individual servings, you can slice first and wrap each piece in plastic wrap and place all slices together in a large freezer bag for a convenient grab and go breakfast. Just defrost in the microwave for a minute.
Or you can freeze the entire loaf by wrapping tightly in a layer of plastic wrap and foil. I love to do this if I’m planning ahead for a special event or house guests and I don’t want to spend all of my time in the kitchen!
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Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cups old fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Swirl
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix together all dry ingredients oats, flour baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set bowl aside.
- In another large bowl mix together wet ingredients. Start by mashing bananas and then add eggs, Greek yogurt, coconut oil, vanilla extract and honey.
- With a spatula mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add the chocolate chips.
- In a small bowl mix together peanut butter and the other 2 tablespoons of honey. Microwave for 30 seconds stirring half way through. Peanut butter should be pourable.
- Put half of batter into loaf pan. Drizzle peanut butter over batter being careful to get it fairly even. Take a butter knife and swirl peanut butter. Pour remaining batter on top.
- Bake on center rack for about 55-60 minutes. Cover with foil at about 45 minutes if it looks like it’s getting too browned.
- When toothpick comes out clean bread is ready to come out of oven.