Change up your banana bread with the addition of peanut butter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Photo Updated December 2013
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is filling the stockings. My husband and I aren’t big on giving lots of gifts to each other, but I do love to get stuff to fill his stocking. Nothing big, maybe some candy and a few small gifts, but it’s the little things that are fun.
Well, I thought that the idea of filling stockings would catch on for my husband, but even though I have been filling his, he hasn’t been filling mine. I guess I need to either flat out tell him that he needs to fill my stocking 🙂 or just take matters into my own hands and fill both stockings myself. Well, I opted to just fill both stockings myself – I figured that way I would get everything that I wanted!!
Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of the candies that I put in our stockings this year. I can’t resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, so this has always been a favorite candy of mine. So when I saw this recipe on Picky Palate, I just knew that I would be making it. I had never thought of adding peanut butter to banana bread. Throw in some chopped up mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, and I’m sold! And as luck would have it, I had a few super ripe bananas on the counter. This recipe makes 3 loaves, but I easily halved it, and I made mine in mini loaf pans. I hate to admit it, but although I intended to give most of these away, my husband and I ended up eating them all over the course of 3 days. They are that good. My husband still hasn’t stopped talking about them.
- 1½ cups butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
- 2 cups flour
- 5-6 ripe bananas, mashed
- 20-30 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease 3 9x5-inch baking pans.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the peanut butter. add in the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, pudding mix and flour. Mix until combined. Fold in the bananas and chopped Reese's.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pans. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.
- To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, peanut butter and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the top of each loaf.