Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Fruits and Veggies Make It Healthy Right?

I had taken a little bit of a baking hiatus the past month or so, opting instead to spend my evening outside soaking up the sun, visiting various old haunts with friends, or reading outside on the deck. The rainy weather has provided me the perfect opportunity to pull out the Kitchenaid to bake some wonderful familiar recipes and try a few new ones.

One of my favorite things to bake is a chocolate chip peanut butter banana bread. It has all of my favorite ingredients. The peanut butter/brown sugar topping and chocolate chip center are to die for. It also comes together quickly which is always a big bonus in my book. This recipe makes two loaves so its quite convenient to make when having dinner or lunch with different friends. Since I've been tapping into my inner domestic diva, I really enjoy sharing baked goods with others especially those who knew me prior to my days of knowing Rebecca whose blog helped me give up microwaving cooking. I also have some neighbors who aren't able to get out and about as easily as they used to, so taking them some of this bread still a little warm to share over a cup of coffee is a delightful way to spend the evening.



Because zucchini has also been plentiful this summer and I was looking for something different, last night I tackled Kylie's recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake. Yes, I know these are completely delectable and not really low fat, but as long as there's a fruit or veggie in it its gotta be a little bit healthy right? Ok maybe not, so just find some friends to share the end result with. Its well worth it, I promise. (As always, please forgive the poor photography).

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Topping:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Batter:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cups all purpose flower
1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 and 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a small bowl, stir the flour, brown sugar, peanut butter, and cinnamon until crumbly, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened.

Divide half the batter between two greased 8x4 loaf pans; sprinkle with half the topping. Top with chocolate chips. Repeat layers of batter and topping.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire rack.

14 comments:

Katie said...

This all sounds absolutely sinfully good. I'm putting this in my cooking file.

Enjoy!

Auburn Kat said...

Gosh, that looks really, really good!

looking4#3 said...

The two breads sound amazing. I wonder if I can use my bread machine for them??
Reading that you bring some of the bread over to neighbors who are getting around so well anymore, didn't surprise me one bit! What a wonderful person and neighbor you are. Wish I lived closer to you!!!

Annie said...

yum, that banana bread with chocolate chips looks delish!!

Stacy said...

Seriously...your torturing me with your delicious treats!

nory said...

Hmmmm... I can't have bananas so I wonder if I could just leave them out and if it would still be good? My mouth is watering at my desk right now =)

Kyla Roma said...

Ha! This looks like a wild baking experience, what kind of bread has cream cheese in the dough?! Maybe the answer is my kind of bread. lol

If you want to make this more often I'd skip the cream cheese and use apple sauce instead of the butter, then you can have as much as you like!

Okay, almost =)

Andy said...

DEAR. GOD. FROM. HEAVEN.

That looks just... breathtaking amazing and yummy and delicious.

RebeccaC said...

Yum, yum, yum! Thanks for the shout out (again) and for this amazing recipe. JiT just mentioned the other day that he loves banana bread. I think its a sign that I should make him some...with chips!

MeLaNiE said...

That sounds amazing! I'm going to make it asap!

Cate said...

Love the addition of the peanut butter - sounds delicious!

Cameo said...

I just had to tell you that I printed out my recipe for whoopie pies and started to assemble the ingredients. I was short on a few things so I am going to the store tomorrow to get them and by the end of next week, I WILL HAVE MADE WHOOPIE PIES!!!!!! I can't wait to try them!!!!! I just hope you will be proud of me for finally making them.

Little Fish said...

French fries are a vegetable, right?

SO the zuchinni bread turned out well?

Katie said...

mandy, i am making this for my brother-in-law RIGHT NOW. seriously. this combines his two favorite things: chocolate chip banana bread and peanut butter! this should definitely up the ante for my next birthday present, don't you think? ;)

hope you're doing ok! i'm glad you took a weekend to relax and resettle yourself!