Introduction: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread (Vegan)

I wanted to try something different for this round of time-to-use-the-overly-ripe-bananas.  Peanut butter banana sandwiches came to mind...and throwing chocolate in never hurt anything.  I found a few recipes out there and hippied one up for myself.

Like many quick breads, this is a very simple recipe to follow, and can be done in just a few steps.

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp  baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp  baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 super ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)*
3/4 cup hazelnut oil (can substitute canola oil)
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup raw cacao nibs

Cooking spray

Mixing bowls
Measuring cups/spoons
Wooden spoon (unless your electric mixer didn't recently break)
Bread pan

* You may want to adjust oil and sugar a little based on the type of peanut butter you use.  The organic or freshly ground varieties are less sweet and are a bit dryer.

Step 1: Mix Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 350oF
  2. Mix flour, baking soda baking powder, cinnamon and salt
  3. In a separate bowl, mix bananas, sugar, peanut butter, oil and vanilla
  4. Add dry mixture into wet in a few parts...thoroughly incorporating each time
  5. Once it's all mixed, stir in cacao nibs

Step 2: Bake

  1. Pour batter into bread pan
  2. Bake at 350 for 65 - 75 minutes - until knife inserted in the center comes out clean
  3. Cool, cut, serve...

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