Peanut butter banana muffins are the perfect breakfast on-the-go or mid-afternoon snack!
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with muffins. Part of me worried they were the lesser cupcake and that their icing-less top was too sad to enjoy. It’s hard to think that with these though because I can’t imagine icing something that already has so much flavor. A drizzle of peanut butter and/or chocolate however, I could totally be okay with.
I think the real reason I grew into appreciating muffins is that I live life on-the-go far more than I would even like. Sure, I’d love to sit down and have a well-balanced breakfast every morning but more often than not I’m inhaling a banana before rushing to get the dog walked before my day starts up. Muffins made with bananas feel like a step up, and definitely make for a more exciting start to my day.
While mornings always feel a little rushed, afternoons are my favorite time to slow down and take a minute (or five) to myself. A mindfulness book I read (okay, it was an article on the internet) suggested using making tea as a good time to practice mindfulness to recenter yourself. I took that to mean that tea-time snacks were in order and should be had on a daily basis. Nothing like a handful of peanut butter banana muffins with a cup of earl grey tea to brighten up any afternoon!
Does anyone else remember the episode of Family Guy where Brian dresses up in a banana suit and sings “It’s peanut butter jelly time”? I think about it every time I see peanut butter and bananas together. Why is he wearing a banana suit but singing about jelly? It baffles the mind.
I grew up with an aversion to jam and jelly (thank goodness I outgrew that) so my go-to sandwich as a kid was always peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Usually in wrap form. Ever since then I’ve been trying to put peanut butter and bananas together in just about any way I can. Sure, these two versatile flavors work well in smoothie and breakfast bowls together but why stop there? They work just as well in ice cream, parfaits, cakes and yes, even muffins!
Loaded with peanut butter and banana goodness, these muffins evoke memories of my childhood sandwiches in a far more grown up and less messy form.
Peanut butter and banana work together in these muffins to deliver maximum flavor in each bite. The banana-heavy batter stays nice and moist and the optional (but really not optional) chocolate chips add a little sweetness to the muffins so if you’re planning on serving them for breakfast, be warned that they might come with a sugar rush.
Yields 12 muffins
- 1 ½ cup (215g) flour
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 Large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ½ Cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with muffin papers. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, combine the mashed bananas, egg, vanilla, applesauce and butter
- Pour wet ingredients into dry and gently mix until just combined
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.