Lovely, cool, fall afternoon perfect for baking.
Banana bread craving.
2.5 very ripe bananas...
But the recipe calls for 4.
So I go rummaging through my cabinets and fridge... Whats better in the fall than apples? Whats better with apples than peanut butter? (Maybe sharp cheddar... but i opted not to include it in this recipe. But that does make my gears turn a little... could one make an apple cheddar biscuit? Does the apple/cheese thing only work with crunchy, tart, un-cooked apples??? Hmmm... Anywho...) Threw all that in there... and it turns out the would-have-been banana bread was a yummy, funky, fall-ish Apple-Peanut Butter-Banana bread. It was super yummy. Yummy enough for a complete toddler meltdown, or so I heard from my good friend with whom I shared the creation.
Here's the scoop:
2.5-3 very ripe, smashed up bananas
1 small apple, grated (I didn't even peel it)
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky, doesn't matter to me!)
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup flour
Raw (coarse) sugar for top
Mash up your bananas, apples, peanut butter, and melted butter together. Stir in sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix in baking soda, salt, and flour. Spoon into a greased loaf pan and spread smooth. sprinkle the top generously with raw sugar (it makes the top beautiful and crunchy and sparkly) Bake 45-60 mins at 350, until a wooden skewer comes out clean. (Mine was done after about 45 mins, I have a hot oven tooooo...)
Let cool completely, remove to wire rack, wrap nicely... and share with a friend for a lovely fall treat!