Healthier Peanut Butter & Banana Tiger Bread

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the colour purple in a field somewhere, and don’t notice it.”―  Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Nothing makes a food blogger happier than a bunch of brown bananas that nobody else wants…

Healthier Peanut Butter & Banana Tiger Bread

I actually can’t even tell you how good it felt to hug this loaf the moment it came out of the oven; everywhere smelled warm and sweet and basically like that home-made-heaven again…

I’ve missed baking. Like, a lot. For the past couple of months, the goodies have completely stalled. Coursework piled up, Christmas came and went, and…well, the library doesn’t have an oven.

Given that baking basically = my one way ticket to procrastination, I kind of just had to let it go and be more studious for a bit. The #withdrawals were real.

But rn? Bliss = banana bread made with peanut butter and sided with all the best things: yogurt, frosting, and tea.

Healthier Peanut Butter & Banana Tiger Bread

This beaut also contains waaaaay less fat than your standard loaf cake, given that there is only 2 mere tbsp oil in the whole recipe. Meanwhile, the remainder of the tin has been filled in with super-moistening ingredients like apple sauce and mashed bananas – this ‘bread’ definitely borders more on being a ‘cake’. Peanut butter is also a renowned super-food– meaning its fat content doesn’t really count… 😉 So by all means, go for that 3rd slice – the logic is real.

Healthier Peanut Butter & Banana Tiger Bread

Serves 8-12, or 1 x giant + hungry brother:

  • 2C flour
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ½ C white sugar
  • 5 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/3 C peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 large tbsp apple sauce
  • 3 medium bananas, peeled and mashed.
  • 3 small-medium eggs
  • 1 x tbsp vanilla essence
  • Splash of milk

Frosting:

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/3 C icing sugar
  • Splash of milk (2 tbsp should do it)

Method:

Mix dry ingredients + powders|Mix wet ingredients + egg + vanilla|Combine wet + dry ingredients|Add the splash of milk, you should have a nice batter – not too thick, not too runny|Place in a lined loaf tin and bake for 45-55 minutes at 180*/350*, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean and the top is golden brown|.

Healthier Peanut Butter & Banana Tiger Bread

Even though January moving swiftly on so eagerly has led to all of these dissertation prep classes to suddenly become scarily real – the plus side of this time warp is that Jessie and I are now only 23 days away from our Spanish adventure! We are heading off Seville + Grenada during our college reading week (strategic, eh) for some winter sun, tapas, good wine and fun – definitely #soulsearching. The countdown is so exciting, especially since we’ve been wander-lusting about the whole thing for months now! However, we aren’t going to be here for Pancake Day?! I half spent last year smelling hops in a brewery, and the second half serving all-day pancakes to other people for dinner. I reckon that a follow-up, ‘Pancake Week’ is due.

This trip is also kicking me into taking my Spanish module a little bit more seriously… our tutor this year has been a little too lax with everything and any kind of progress has suffered. Even though his attitude was quite a perk last term, I’ve been nowhere near pro-active enough to benefit and I am currently nothing but less fluido’ in this language than I was a year ago…We also have an exam next week. Dios Mio.

All in all, January has been incredibly exciting for way more reasons than I could even list on here! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start to the year. Hard work always pays off, so whatever you’re up to/working towards/dreaming about – keep pushing, because everything will happen at the best possible time, and there is so much to love along the way. If you always keep yourself waiting for something, then there will always be more.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely start to the year!

Anyone been to Seville/Granada? What was it like?

More importantly: What have you been brunching on this Jan?!

xx

Healthier Peanut Butter & Banana Tiger Bread

 

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  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    So glad you’re back in the swing of things again, Tash! I know the holidays flew by for me too, and now it’s the end of January! This bread looks like the perfect thing to bake on a cold weekend. Peanut butter and bananas are pretty much the best combination ever. This bread looks fantastic! I can almost smell it from here!

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    Peanut butter and banana bread? This sounds sooo good. I love banana bread so much, whenever I make it my house smells so good!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

  • http://www.losetheroad.blogspot.ca Renee

    Omg. I can’t even look at this without drooling. Definitely going to try making this soon!!

  • http://bakeeatrepeat.ca Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    That bread looks amazing Tash! And I love that it’s actually pretty healthy – I completely consider peanut butter a health food! And bananas+peanut butter = the best combination. Love!

  • Miriam

    This looks nothing short of perfection! My current obsession is peanut butter, so this post could not have come at a better time. Thank you for sharing this AMAZING recipe, but if you will excuse me I have to wipe off a little drool! haha
    It’sMyLife

  • http://wizardrypendragon.blogspot.com FIIFII CHANG

    Nomnomnom this looks too yummy :*

  • http://www.truefemme.com Alex @ True Femme

    This looks like the perfect thing to go along with my daily cup of vanilla spice tea :) Peanut butter and bananas is such a fabulous combination! I’m so excited for you to go to Spain! A good friend of mine went last September and had the most divine culinary experiences! I haven’t made it to Spain just yet so I’m counting on a good report from you! <3

  • http://simplysouthernstacie.org Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Oh.my.goodness.

    I need to make this! I always put peanut butter on my banana bread anyway, so this recipe was made for me : )

  • http://www.chefsavvy.com/ Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    Beautiful pictures! Love brown bananas too because that means banana bread. Love your healthier version!

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    How exciting you’ll be off to Spain soon! Really looking forward to hearing about all your foodie adventures there. I have *such* a craving to make banana bread now – yours looks so good! xxx

  • http://skinnedcartree.com Corinne

    My housemate always makes banana bread when our bananas go brown. This looks yummy.

    I’m jealous of you going to Spain, I’ve been to Tenerife and Majorca but never mainland Spain!

    Corinne x

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Me too, many times! In my head I feel like I’ve been all over the country, but I actually really haven’t seen it at all. A taste of the authentic I should hope :)

      P.S, Send me your house mate!

      x

  • http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk helen

    Looks delicious, thanks for sharing! <3

    I have a new outfit post on the blog, I would love to know your thoughts:

    * Electric Sunrise – Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *

    x

  • http://electricsunrise.blogspot.co.uk helen

    Looks delicious, thanks for sharing! <3

    * Electric Sunrise – Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *

    x

  • http://www.sailorjennie.com jennie

    This looks so yummy! <3 x

  • http://runagnessrun.com Agness

    I was looking for a healthy recipe for a dessert and this looks absolutely amazing to me! Omomomomom!! I’m in love with your goodie!

  • http://www.foodieforce.co.uk Lucy

    Oh wow this looks absolutely delicious and the fact that it is lower in fat means that I can eat more Lucy x

  • http://www.alittlefreckle.blogspot.co.uk/ Emma

    This looks incredible! I love looking at all your food pics! Forever instagram stalking etc….

    Low fat bakes are the best because of course that means you can eat triple the normal portion size!

    Thanks for the recipe, this is one to be saved!

    Emma xx

  • http://www.mycitymylondon.me sarah

    loveeee this!

    i have recently become a fan of peanut butter after making peanut butter and honey cookies! they tasted so yum, now im an addict!

    check out my recipe section on my blog. healthy load of stuff:)

    http://www.mycitymylondon.me

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Hahaha! I LOL’d – “Nothing makes a food blogger happier than a bunch of brown bananas that nobody else wants…” You are so right! And, this looks amazing BTW!

  • http://www.savorthebaking.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    Glad you are back to baking and this bread looks delicious. Spain sounds like a dream vacation and I’m looking forward to seeing pictures from your trip.

  • http://www.laughteriscatching.com Laura

    that looks delicious! what an interesting recipe.