I happened to come across this book when I was younger and I could totally relate to the little boy in the book. I remember checking the book out at our school library and bringing it home to show my parents (and hoping that they would take a hint! Ha ha!). I really thought that I had some of the strangest parents- my mom loves to sing opera at the top of her lungs (true story) and my dad does not wear flip flops or sandals, even in the summer time (I seriously have only seen his bare feet a handful of times in my life! Another true story). And one other thing that I thought was especially strange: my dad would make peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Who does that? I thought that it was the oddest combination.
Flash forward a couple years and now I have children of my own. My daughter just started kindergarten and is realizing that she kind of has weird parents. I dropped her off at school the other day in my pajamas and slippers and I could tell that she was so embarrassed. I immediately thought of that silly book and how I am now the weird parent. Karma is real, people!!
Over the years, I have thought about the peanut butter and banana combo and decided that it couldn't really be all that bad. One day I just started looking for peanut butter and banana recipes and came across some drool-worthy ones. I'll tell you what . . . peanut butter and bananas are delicious together! I really don't think that I will go back to my regular banana bread recipe after trying this one; it's the perfect amount of peanut butter and banana and they compliment each other perfectly.
Maybe my parents weren't so weird after all . . .
(I love you, Mom and Dad!!)
Peanut Butter Chip Banana Bread
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup peanut butter chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your loaf pan (like an 8 x 4" pan) with shortening.
In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.
In a large bowl stir together bananas, peanut butter, oil, egg and sugars.
Pour dry ingredients into bowl with wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy (do not over-stir).
Fold in peanut butter chips and spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake for about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and remove from loaf pan, transferring bread to a cooling rack.