Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

I created these muffins for a healthy (and preschooler friendly) snack the other day; I wanted them to be an alternative to banana bread.  My family loves banana bread; I love peanut butter toast with banana sliced on top.  These muffins are a happy hybrid of the two. They incorporate three whole bananas, a bunch of creamy peanut butter, and are made with half whole wheat flour. Yum!
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I threw in a handful of cacao nibs for some crunch.  The nibs are totally optional, and they didn’t add a ton of flavor.  You could even use crunchy peanut butter instead, if you want crunch but don’t have cacao nibs on hand.  Chocolate chips would be pretty great too. I bet if I’d added chocolate chips Dulcie would have been fighting me for the leftover muffins!
peanut butter & cacao nibs
These definitely walk the line between health food and a treat, which I’m a huge fan of in my muffin making. Like these muffins, for example. And as far as I can tell, all kids are big fans of both peanut butter and banana.  
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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Cacao Nibs

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Combine the bananas, sugar, honey, peanut butter, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract in a food processor and process until smooth.  You could also use a mixer or a wooden spoon plus a strong arm; I’ve just gotten in the habit of combining all the wet ingredients for muffins using the food processor.  It makes quick work of the bananas!
Combine the flours, baking soda, salt, and cacao nibs in a large bowl.  Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to combine.
Spoon into a prepared muffin tin (I used papers), then bake at 400 for 16-18 minutes.
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          1. Lovely muffins! These look super delish. :)

          2. Yum! They look great! I love banana bread too, and everything with peanut butter is better. Great idea!

          3. It's pretty much impossible to go wrong with peanut butter and bananas together. I wish I had a batch of these for breakfast tomorrow!

            1. My thoughts exactly! They are excellent for breakfast :)

          4. PB and banana make such a perfect pair. These will be making a frequent appearance on our summer breakfast/morning snack rotation at our home.

          5. Sarah, I'm with you... I like chocolate and banana toast plus I love banana bread. Here you are melding the goodness in one muffin... Yum!

          6. Made these this morning with dark chocolate (85%) bar chopped up and used all white whole wheat flour. Perfect after swim snack for my preschooler and his hungry friends.

          7. Just made these and added a few tablespoons of flax for added nutrition. Perfect breakfast for my 5 and 3 year olds!

          8. We are enjoying them this morning with applesauce instead of oil. Very yummy - thank you!

          9. I never usually comment on recipes,but this one was just so amazing!.I just made a 2nd batch and popped them in the oven.The whole family enjoys them very much plus they're a great healthy alternative.Thank you :)

          10. I made this yesterday and they are delicious. I substitutes Ener-G egg replacer for the egg, Wildtree Natural Butter Flavor Grapeseed Oil for the canola oil, and semi-sweet chocolate for the carob. I will definitely be making these again, they are so tasty and moist.

          11. Oh wow! Thanks for your perfect recipe! I just made these, they've turned out perfectly and are scrumptious! Thank you!

          12. Just made these this afternoon so we have a quick breakfast for the week. They are delicious! Thank you so much for posting. Definitely a keeper!


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