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One of my favourite flavour combinations is peanut butter and banana – I make peanut butter banana oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning. Lately I’ve been needing a quick mid-morning snack after biking to work to keep me going until lunch, so I came up with this banana bread. (We also had a lot of over-ripe bananas and the cupcakes are all gone.)

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread

   by Emily Ratzlaff

    Prep Time: 20 min

    Cook Time: 40-45 min

Ingredients (10 slices):

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/3 cup of low fat organic vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla yogurt)
  • 1 cup of almonds, ground into a flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease loaf tin with cooking spray.

Combine mashed bananas, yogurt, peanut butter, egg, honey and vanilla (if using). Mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just moistened.

Pour batter into prepared loaf tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from loaf tin.

*To make your own almond flour: Add 1 cup of almonds into blender and grind until a fine flour forms. If necessary, pour ground almonds through a sifter and return the larger pieces to the blender and repeat.

**This recipe is gluten free if you use gluten-free oats and gluten-free baking powder.

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This bread is perfect for the beginning of fall – the weather has been beautiful in Dublin this weekend. I am convinced that September in Ireland has much nicer weather than July or August. I have really been looking forward to September – 2 more weeks of research, a quick trip to Toronto to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings, and 2 weeks off until school starts!

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