Bananas are a favorite fruit around my house and I frequently use extra bananas to make banana bread. We live in a small town in the midwest and banana bread is probably one of the most popular quick breads in the region and has been for many generations in my family. My husband and I also love the combination of bananas and peanut butter so I decided that I wanted to try a new version of this recipe. While shopping at Sam’s Club recently, I purchased a powdered peanut butter called PB Fit and decided to incorporate this into my banana bread recipe. The PB Fit contains 50 calories per 2 TB serving compared to 200 calories per 2 TB serving of regular peanut butter. The PB Fit powder is also gluten free, non-GMO, vegan and kosher. It can be used in smoothies or added when baking. I enjoy the challenge of modifying my recipes to improve the nutritional value and must admit this is sometimes a trial and error process until I come up with a recipe that not only tastes good but is good for the body as well! Peanut butter powder incorporates more protein into this recipe, as does the addition of greek yogurt in place of part of the fat called for in the original recipe. To boost up the fiber content of banana breads or similar types of quick breads, you can also swap out a portion of of the all purpose (white) flour and substitute whole wheat flour and old fashioned oatmeal. The original recipe called for 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour so I used 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal. If you prefer a gluten free bread, substitute your favorite version of 2 1/2 cups of gluten free flour and use the certified gluten free oatmeal in this recipe. If you really like the combination of peanut butter, banana and chocolate, add 2/3 cup of dark chocolate chips to this recipe for that extra special dark chocolate taste to satisfy those chocolate cravings! Banana bread is delicious when served for breakfast, snacks or in a brown bag lunch.
- ½ cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 TB canola, sunflower or coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- 3 bananas
- ½ cup 1% milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup old fashioned oatmeal
- ½ cup PB Fit brand peanut butter powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Add bananas to a large mixing bowl and beat well with an electric mixer. Next add the oil, honey yogurt, eggs and 1% milk to the beaten bananas and again mix well until thoroughly combined. Add the powdered peanut butter and beat well. Combine the remainder of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and stir together well. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and again mix together until well combined. Place the bread mixture into an oiled bread pan and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 55 minutes until golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and let the bread cool and remove from bread pan.
Plan to serve this bread with some fresh fruit and a cup of coffee for a quick and easy breakfast on the go.
I also like to add bananas to smoothies, fruit salads, peanut butter sandwiches or just enjoy a banana as a quick and healthy snack. One banana provides 25% of an adults daily value (DV) of vitamin B6, 16% of the DV for manganese, 12% each of the DV for potassium and dietary fiber as well as 10% each of the DV for copper and biotin.
Have a very blessed day! Thought for the day from Gloria Gaither: We may run, walk, stumble, drive or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. Inspirational verse for the day: Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart!