Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze

Ever since I started running, I started craving foods I never craved before.

Protein Plus cereal (I go through this like it is candy), movie theater popcorn, golden delicious apples…. toast with peanut butter and sliced banana.

This last one has killed me. I started bringing a piece of bread, pb and a banana to races so I could immediately scarf it down. Immediately after, I always need a tiny piece of chocolate. It’s my new Achilles Heel. If you tried to deprive me of that mix of flavors, I would die.

So rather than limit myself to one slice of bread, one banana and a scoop of PB, I decided to make a giant:

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze

I ate HALF of it in one sitting. This past Friday night. While I sat at home, alone, watching the Bruins lose game five against Vancouver. Please don’t repeat that. PLEASE. (And now, as I write this post, the BRUINS are winning 4-0 in game six, at the end of the first period. Yippee!)

Oh, I also made this on a day when I didn’t even run…  I just wanted to try the recipe to see if it would suffice after my next race… but then… yeah, before I knew it, half the loaf was gone and I couldn’t move.

This bread is the reason I am on a mini-diet this week.

Because I ate HALF OF IT in one sitting. I, in no way, regret this. 

Ingredients

-2 cups all purpose flour

-1 tbs nutmeg

-1/2 cup dark brown sugar

- 1 tablespoon cinnamon

-1/8 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-4 tablespoons melted/softened unsalted butter

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-4 tablespoons egg whites (or 2 large egg whites)

-3 overripe banana’s

-1/4 cup chocolate chips, optional

Peanut Butter Glaze

-1/4 heaping cup creamy peanut butter

-1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Looking at these pictures is going to be the end of me tonight. Good thing my friends (uhh… me, just at a party WITH my friends) finished off the other half of this little bit of heaven Saturday night.

First mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda together.

In a separate bowl, place peeled banana’s and mash with a fork.

Add the vanilla, softened/melted butter, and egg whites to the banana mixture.

Add the dry ingredients (flour mixture) to the mashed banana/butter/egg white mixture. Combine thoroughly.

Taste this… just to make sure! It took all of my might not to devour the batter.

Spray a loaf pan with Pam or grease with butter. Whatever you have on hand.Then our HALF the batter into the pan.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup chocolate chips over.  I should have used semi-sweet CHUNKS but unfortunately, only had these little devils in the cabinet.

Pour the rest of the batter over the chocolate chips.

Bake a 350º for 25-30 minutes. Use a knife or skewer to stick through the middle to tell if it is done.

Now for the Peanut Butter delicious-ness of a topping.

Place around 1/4 cup (HEAPING) of peanut butter in a microwavable safe bowl.

Add 1/4 cup confectioners sugar to the peanut butter and combine well.

Wait until the banana bread is done and mostly cooled. Then microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until SUPER creepy. When the banana bread is cooked drizzle the peanut butter all over the top.

Not an informative picture. But I did lick the spoon a little!

Invite people over while this is baking. People who like banana bread with chocolate chips and peanut butter just as much as you do. Honestly, make the call(s). Right now. Or else you’ll end up like me. Laying on the couch feeling like you are going to BURST because you ate your weight in this lovely snack.

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