Peanut Butter Pecan Banana Bread

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Have you ever seen a simply banana read look THIS delicious?? Just wow. The combination of peanut butter and banana is one of my favorites! It’s unfortunate to know that some people are allergic to peanuts . . . it is just so upsetting to think about. Peanut butter is my love. Aside from cinnamon. Lol. Anyways. This moist and flavorful banana bread is perfect for breakfast or a light snack during the day. Serve with a cup of coffee or milk and you are ready to go! Happy Eating~ πŸ™‚1525566_753774751318221_1640669103_n

Make sure you have VERY ripe bananas to ensure bold flavors of banana in your recipe. If you are in a rush and do not have ripe bananas, just put your regular yellow bananas on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes on 300 degrees Fahrenheit in the oven. Take it out of the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes so the sugars are able to come out, causing the banana to nicely brown.1460217_753774894651540_672348447_n

As you read the recipe below, you will notice a strange ingredient that makes you wonder, “What the heck is that?” Well. Let’s see. What exactly IS ground flaxseed? Flaxseed meal is simply just ground up whole flaxseeds (also called linseed), which provides more nutrients since it is easier to digest. The seeds are from the flax plant that are used to make the linen of our clothes. This antioxidant-rich seed is very high in lignens (chemical compound with antioxidant qualities), omega-3 (the “good fats” that our body can not produce on its own), fiber, vitamin B1, good carbohydrates, and phytochemicals. There are many benefits to eating flaxmeal such as lowering cholesterol, improve blood sugar, prevent against cancer, prevent hot flashes, and flushing out the bad chemicals in the body. How can you add this to your diet? You can simply replace 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of flaxmeal+3 tablespoons of water to a recipe such as pancakes, muffins, cookies, breads, bars, casseroles, pizza crusts, dinner rolls…you name it! Just be reminded that flaxmeal can add a little of a nutty flavor whenever you add it to a recipe.

Peanut Butter Pecan Banana Bread

  • Servings: one 9x5 inch loaf pan
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For the Bread:

  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted 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
  • 1/4 cup pecan, chopped

For the Peanut Butter Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pecan, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F. Grease bottom and sides of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan; dust with flour, tapping out excess.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the bananas, yogurt, peanut butter, butter and eggs at medium speed until combined. Add sugars and beat until blended.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, flaxseed, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Stir in pecans. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth surface with a rubber spatula.
  4. Bake until top is golden and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 5 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
  5. To make the peanut butter glaze, in a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk and peanut butter until smooth. Drizzle glaze over bread and sprinkle toasted pecans.

Adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

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