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The Secret Formula

In my short lifetime, I have found that there is a simple formula that will give you complete and total happiness when followed correctly.

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Chocolate + peanut butter + banana = HAPPINESS AND JOY

That’s literally it. Now you know the secret to life. All you need to be happy is some combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and banana flavors. I have just solved all of your problems!

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However, given that we’re human beings we actually need more than that (because science) but those three things will get you pretty darn close if you’re having a rough day. So, without further ado, here is a recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Bread that you can make in one bowl and be eating within 1.5 hours. So go ahead. Indulge. Make happiness come out of your oven.

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This bread was adapted from a recipe by Liv for Cake, so some of the credit has to go to her for coming up with such a simple, yet delicious recipe!

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You’ll need the following ingredients:

  1. 1 cup of gluten-free all purpose flour (I’m a fan of Bob’s Red Mill)
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt*
  4. 1 cup of overripe mashed bananas (approx. 2 bananas)
  5. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (not the natural, oily kind!)
  7. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla
  10. 2 tbsp. cocoa powder

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine mashed bananas, peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Pour a little more than half of the batter into the pan.
  5. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining batter and mix. Dollop this portion onto the peanut butter batter by the spoonful. Use a skewer or knife to marble the top.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out mostly clean.**
  7. Cool in pan for 10ish minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  8. Eat immediately!

*I just eyeball the salt when it comes to this small of an amount. I sprinkle some into my palm, dump it in the batter, and hope for the best. This is mostly because Mod 24B doesn’t have top-notch baking utensils so I don’t actually have this size measure 😛

**I try to time it so that the cake tester comes out with a little bit of crumbs/batter on it, because oftentimes the bread will continue to cook a little more while cooling in the pan. Or this could be because our oven is crap but who knows?

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So in just over an hour, you can be enjoying the secret to happiness! What I like about this bread (aside from the flavors) is that it came out a little crusty, and not just completely moist like a typical quick bread. The texture was quite enjoyable and made it seem more like a hearty mid-afternoon snack rather than a dessert! And given the amount of baking (aka test-tasting) I’ve been doing recently, it was a welcome change 🙂

I hope you all enjoy it! Feel free to leave a comment or question if you need anything!

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