Hunk a hunk of burning love for this ultra moist banana bread! Elvis would be sure to love the generous swirls of cinnamon honey peanut butter throughout this banana bread. This recipe was actually inspired when I was trying to find something to do with the old bananas sitting on the counter. I usually never have extra fruit of any sort because it always gets packed in my husband’s lunch for work. However, this week my husband had been home due to a yearly vacation shut down at his shop.
Staring at the mottled brown bananas I decided to make banana bread for the blog. Looking through my cupboards, I also notice I didn’t have any type of nuts. I immediately thought “Well dang! This is going to be a boring banana bread blog post!” So I started thinking of what else I might be able to do with the overly ripe bananas. Maybe a peanut butter and banana sandwich like Elvis used to enjoy. WOAH!!!!! Ding Ding Ding! Let’s put the peanut butter IN the banana bread! I was almost hesitant at first, then realized peanut butter just might be an interesting substitute for nuts in general. I am so glad I tried this! Everyone loved this intriguing combination of flavors.
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You might think it difficult to swirl peanut butter into your batter, but it was actually pretty simple. If your peanut butter is to thick, simply add a little oil until it is thin enough to spoon over your batter. You could also microwave your peanut butter for a few seconds to warm it up which in turn will thin it out enough to swirl through your batter. Okay now for the actual swirling. Spoon 3 lines of peanut butter the full length (horizontal) of your baking dish on top of your banana bread batter. Next, run a knife up and down (vertical) through your peanut butter lines to create a swirl effect. I used a natural and organic cinnamon honey peanut butter that was thin enough to spoon easily. The next time I make this bread, I am going to fill my baking dish with two thirds of the batter, add my peanut butter and then top with the last third of the batter before swirling to get the peanut butter deeper into the bread.
This recipe also utilizes yogurt to create the moistest banana bread you will ever have. It is banana bread fit for a king!! Interested in making your own yogurt? Click here to see how easy it is to make your own yogurt at home. Homemade Greek Style Yogurt