Peanut Butter Banana Bread


~ yields 1 loaf

The Bits and Bobs:

3-4                             very ripe bananas

1/3 cup                       unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup                       brown sugar

1/2 cup                       sugar

1                                  egg

1 tsp                            vanilla extract

1 tsp                            baking soda

1/4 tsp                        salt

1 1/2 cup                     all purpose flour

6 oz                            peanut butter chips (like these!)

The How-Tos:

Preheat the oven to 350*F.  Butter and lightly flour a loaf pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the peeled bananas with a fork until completely smooth.  Stir in the melted butter. Add both of the sugars, the egg, and the vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. 

Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt until just incorporated.  Fold in all but a handful of the peanut butter chips.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing out the top with a spatula or back of the spoon.  Drop the remaining peanut butter chips down the center of the top of the batter (or sprinkle all over the top). 

Bake for 50 minutes to one hour, turning the pan once halfway through the bake time.  A knife or tester inserted in the middle should come out clean.  Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan before running a knife along the edges to release.  Turn out and allow to finish cooling on a rack.