When one has a sad and sorry bunch of bananas one has two choices. One is to peel, chop and freeze and the other, my favorite, is to make banana bread. After my most recent encounter with those sad and sorry bananas I decided it was fine time to make bread. I was about to bake up my usual batch when I noticed a slightly melty carton of mini peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's that I bought to experiment with so I suppose NOW was the time. After an assessment of ingredients, I made up this recipe. If you like a not-too-sweet quick bread for breakfast then this is a tasty choice. If you prefer a sweeter bread I think you could increase the sugar to one cup...perhaps use a granulated white or turbinado sugar, I used brown sugar here. Before you start baking prep yourself a pitcher or pot of iced coffee (or, if it is winter where you are, HOT coffee), it makes for a perfect pairing.
Peanut Butter Banana Bread
*2 cups flour
*1 tsp baking soda
*1/4 tsp baking powder
*1 tsp ground cinnamon
*a couple of cranks of black pepper
*pinch of salt
*1/4 cup ground flax seeds/flax meal
*1/2 cup packed brown sugar
*1/4 cup oil (canola or veggie)
*heaping spoon of peanut butter (about 1/4-1/2 cup)
*3 sad and sorry spotty bananas
*1/2 cup+ mini peanut butter cups
*1/2 cup granola (optional)
this nifty mix. If you managed not to eat up the rest of your peanut butter cups, add a few to the top of your batter as well.