Biscoff Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I’m starting to actually realize what a pinterest addict I am.

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I noticed the other day that I somehow have over 1400 followers and I was like what?! It’s actually pretty embarrassing.. I feel like maybe these people who follow me on pinterest probably think I am a very large, overweight food addict who likes to imagine she can have every piece of clothing sold in the world and totally rock it.

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I will say, though, I am not one of those girls who has the “dream wedding” board. First of all, the thought of getting married and planning a wedding makes me want to roll into a ball and cry because it just sounds like Stress City. Second of all, what if like a future boyfriend happens to see my pinterest and is totally freaked out by my wedding that has basically already been planned. Third of all, I am girly in many respects but I am forsure not a romantic. at all. Like what is Sweetest Day? I know it was the other day, but really…what is it.

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However, I do embrace those random holidays like Sweetest Day, Valentines Day, St. Nick’s Day, etc. because uhh who doesn’t love an excuse to buy/open gifts?!

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Anyhow, after I realized I have an obscene amount of people observing my Pinterest pin-binges, I realized I have over 4700 pins. Excuse me Casey, but how could you possibly find THAT MANY things worth saving?! I’m a little disgusted in myself, but at least I know there are over 1400 other people who enjoy my pin-binges.

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Moving onto food! I am a total quick bread fan, lover, and addict. This banana bread combines some of my favorite things: biscoff and peanut butter. Literally you can not love this bread, so easy and so so tasty. Happy Monday :-)

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P.S. I hate myself for putting “happy” and “Monday” in the same sentence next to each other.

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Biscoff Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt (regular yogurt is fine too)

1 egg

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

3 Heaping Tablespoons Biscoff spread

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together bananas, peanut butter, yogurt, egg and sugars.
  3. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be very thick. Spread into prepared pan. Drop 3 heaping Tablespoons of Biscoff on top of bread batter and swirl with a knife.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes then transfer out of loaf pan and allow to finish cooling on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut butter and banana may not seem like the most traditional combination to some people, but I just can not get enough of it. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are like my life. (Yes, I lead a thrilling life)

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If you haven’t tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Do it NOW. Then make this bread…

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Back to the bread, it *does* have the peanut butter and banana combo going on but the banana is truly the shining star in this recipe. The peanut butter almost just gives it a little sweetness with a tiny hint of a different nutty flavor. If you want more of a peanut taste in here, chopped up peanuts (or any other nuts) would be awesome!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

(Makes one loaf)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 bananas

2 eggs

1 little less than 1/3 cup skim milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar (or 1/3 cup buttermilk)

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together smashed bananas, peanut butter, oil, milk-vinegar mixture (or buttermilk), eggs, sugars,and vanilla extract. Once combined mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined with no streaks of flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 60-75 minutes or until comes out witha few crumbs on it. If the bread is browning quicker than the middle is cooking, you can cover the top with foil partway through.

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Random Fact of the Day: In Uruguay intoxication is a legal excuse for having an accident while driving. “Please believe me officer, I really was drunk.”

 

Healthy Start to the New Year

So many people always make that “I’m gonna be healthier this year” New Year’s resolution, so I thought I’d give y’all a little push in the right direction, because we all know I will be posting many cookie, cupcakes, and brownie recipes soon. So here are some recipes on more of the health[ier] side.

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1. Lighter Cajun Chicken Pasta

2. BL(S)T Pasta Salad

3. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

4. Veggie Lasagna

5. Healthy Pumpkin Streusel Bread

6. Healthy Baby Pumpkin Breads

7. Super Secret Cookie Dough

8. Fiesta Quinoa Salad

9. Low-Fat Banana Bread

10. One-Ingredient Creamy Dreamy Ice Cream

11. High Protein Energy Balls

12. Mexican Flair Wraps

13. Broccoli Cheddar Soup

14. Triple Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

15. Southwest Chicken Salad

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Caramelized Banana Bread

Banana bread is something that is just perfect for everything.

Breakfast, snack, lunch, heck you could convert it into some sort of dinner I’m sure. Anyhow, I got saw this method of making banana bread last week and it just sounded too yummy to resist.

“Caramelized Banana” uh huh. I can dig it.

So basically you heat up some bananas, butter, and brown sugar in a skillet to make a yummy concoction. Then you get them all mixed up with your mixer, add some wet and dry ingredients. Bake it all up and consume your face off! Easy peasy.

Caramelized Banana Bread

3 Tablespoons butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3 ripe bananas, sliced

1/2 cup buttermilk (I used reduced fat)

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose, 1 cup whole wheat)

3/4 teaspoons baking soda

pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray, it certainly helps to use a silicon loaf pan but a metal one will work as well. You may want to flour the pan, as well.
  2. Melt 3 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in brown sugar and sliced bananas, sauté for about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let sit out of heat for about 10 minutes. Place banana mixture into bowl of mixer and beat until smooth.
  3. Combine buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together flour(s), baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately; beat at low speed until just combined. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out with a few crumbs clinging. Cool on wire rack in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and finish cooling. Enjoy!

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Banana Boatmeal

Boatmeal.

Yes, it IS a word. It’s been approved by Katie. Boatmeal=Baked Oatmeal, for those of you who not familiar with the lingo. Anyways, when I was in Lake Geneva last summer, I tried baked oatmeal for the first time ever and was immediately in love.

It is such a simple food, but it is so, so good. It’s similar to an oatmeal muffin…but different. It’s kind of like a granola bar-muffin-bread mixed into boatmeal.

I decided to make the banana version with a few alterations. It was deeee-lish and tasted just like banana bread and oatmeal, go figure! Boatmeal has a slight chewy texture, and if you opt for the extra 5 minutes of broiling (which I HIGHLY recommend), you’ll end up with a nice, toasty little crust on top that really pulls the whole thing altogether. What are you waiting for? Hop on the boatmeal train! (or boat?)

Banana Boatmeal

(adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)

1/2 cup oats

pinch of salt

about 1/4 of a very ripe banana, mashed

3 1/2 Tablespoons of water or milk

1/2 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 packets of Splenda or 2 Tablespoons of white sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. I did not grease my baking dish before putting the ingredients in, but I was able to get my boatmeal out just fine, if you are unsure if your baking dish will let the boatmeal out easily, I recommend spraying with cooking oil.
  2. Combine oats and salt. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Pour into a small loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin, or I used a mini pie tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until it’s set. Set your oven to HI broil for 5 minutes, or until crust is golden-brownish or to desired doneness. Enjoy!

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