I had a little situation in my fruit basket yesterday…
And since I already had a pretty good frozen stash of bananas, I figured it that could only mean one thing: BANANA BREAD. (Funny – looks like Heather and I were on the same wavelength last night!) But not just any banana bread…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (Vegan) Banana Bread
3 medium ripe bananas
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup sucanat (or organic cane sugar)
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup peanut flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips (vegan chips available at Whole Foods!)
To Prepare: Start by peeling and mashing the ripe bananas in a medium mixing bowl. Once mashed, add the sucanat (or sugar), molasses, canola oil, and applesauce.
Whisk until well combined!
In a separate bowl, combine the peanut flour , all purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. This was my first time actually baking with the peanut flour as a flour substitute (rather than peanut butter substitute), and I have to say – it was a HUGE success.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients until just combined, and then fold in the chocolate chips. If you’d prefer a different type of chip (white chocolate, butterscotch, mmm), or nuts or dried fruit – you can fold that in now too. The possibilities are endless!
Pop it into a 350 degree oven and bake for about 40 minutes. I was kind of shocked when I first saw the color of the finished product – SO dark!
But it turns out the peanut flour bakes slightly dark, and the combination of the peanut flour and the molasses is what gives this bread its rich color. Check out that delicious crust on top…
While it may look like an over-baked brick from the outside…
There is nothing but moisture and fluff on the inside. This was SO so good.
The molasses gave it a really great, deep flavor, and combined with the chocolate chips it almost felt like eating dessert. The peanut butter and banana flavors aren’t quite as strong, but there is just enough to make it totally delicious.
Between last night’s test piece (I had to try the finished product!), the two pieces I had this morning for breakfast, and the extra piece I packed with me as a pre-workout snack, and Casey’s meals too – this loaf is already gone in less than 24 hours…
I can’t wait for my next batch of rotten bananas. Enjoy! :)