Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bananas and Chocolate and Peanut Butter, Oh My!

I just had to share these recipes with you, coincidentally they all have banana in them. They are both healthy and you can also sneak stuff in them too! I've made the first two twice now, they are super easy, fun, cheap and delish! You can play around with any of these and also custom make them, or create one of your own.

Chunky Monkey Bites
14 oz. banana-nut muffin mix
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/4 c. banana baby food (I used a real banana and mashed it slightly, so you still had some soft chunks.)
3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chunks
2/3 c. chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 400*F. Spray 2 baking sheets , set aside. In a large bowl, combine muffin mix, oil, sugar, eggs and baby food , stirring with wooden spoon until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks and walnuts. Drop heaping tablespoons of the dough on baking sheets, spacing 2 inch apart. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack . Makes about 24 bites.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread...I used Natural peanut butter and omitted the can customize this. Who doesn't love peanut butter and banana sandwiches? Well, I'm sure a lot of people, but even they can't resist this bread! Give it a try, it's inexpensive and yummy!
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in peanut butter, bananas, flour and baking soda until blended. Fold in walnuts. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies

1/2 cup peanut butter (at room temperature)
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Cream peanut butter, margarine, banana, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Mix remaining ingredients separately. Blend into peanut butter mixture until smooth. 2. Form into 1 inch balls. PLace on baking sheets. Flatten with fork to desired thickness. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown on bottoms. Cool on rack. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

1 comment:

Ruth LaBombard said...

Mmmmmmm sounds amazing. I love peanut butter and banana sandwiches so I'm definitely going to have to try that bread. Believe it or not, Eddie loves peanut butter, loves bananas but does not love peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Amazing isn't it? Love you!!

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