Peanut Butter Banana Chia Loaf

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This next recipe was made with my son in mind. Peanut butter and banana are a few of his favorite this to munch on. Most days he wakes up, has a quick breakfast, and runs off to campus! I decided to make him this loaf, so he can take it with him on those days he’s on the run.

This is a very simple recipe. The loaf comes out of the pan all together, not crumbly at all, and yet super moist from the peanut butter and banana. You can see little chunks of the banana all through the loaf which makes it so sweet. It smells so good too. A slice of this loaf, with a spoonful of extra peanut butter, and a cup of coffee–you won’t be hungry for a while. Yum.

I added chia seeds because why not make it healthier, right? Chia seeds are considered energy boosters, and help control hunger. They are full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. As for the peanut butter, it’s high in healthy fats. The banana is a much needed source of potassium, and helps with digestive problems. So you see, this loaf is perfect for you, or your young adult who spends his whole day on campus without eating. 🙂 I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let’s eat.

Here is the recipe:

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Servings: 6-8 (Makes one 8 in. x 4 in. loaf)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, very ripe, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of All purpose flour
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • ½ Tbsp of chia seeds
  • Non stick baking spray (for loaf pan)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the all purpose flour, baking soda, granulated sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt. Use a handheld mixer on low speed to combine all the ingredients the together.
  3. Now add the melted butter, vanilla extract, and the eggs. Mix on medium speed to combine.
  4. Then add the peanut butter and continue mixing on medium speed until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Add the chia seeds and mix on low speed to incorporate throughout the batter.
  6. Lastly, add the mashed banana, but do not over mix.
  7. Spray your loaf pan with the non-stick baking spray.
  8. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and with a spatula, spread the mixture evenly.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes in the center rack of the oven.
  10. After 47 minutes, use a toothpick or knife to check the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, it’s done. If it does not, leave it in for the remaining 3 minutes.
  11. Once it is done, remove the loaf pan from the oven, and let it cool completely for 15 minutes before slicing.

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