Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Loaf

This is another one of those “dump” recipes where I had a couple of overripe bananas and I wanted to make something that would use up some ingredients I already had in and stop them from going to waste. I can’t lie, it wasn’t the most successful recipe but I think it does alright when you don’t want food to go to waste and you get an entire loaf out of it! With the ingredients used in this recipe you can very easily make it vegan, just make sure the chocolate is dark or milk-free and everything else should be good! 

Makes 1 Loaf 

2 Bananas, ripe
170g Dark Brown Sugar
170ml Sunflower Oil 
220g Plain Flour 
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp All Spice 
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon 
50g Ground Almonds (optional)
50g Plain Chocolate, melted
2 tbsp Peanut Butter 

To start with, preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 4 and grease a loaf tin. In a large bowl mash the bananas into a paste and add in the sugar and oil, whisk together until fully combined. It’s ok if there are lumps of banana they’ll break down when we add in the other ingredients. 

Now add in the flour, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, and almonds and mix to combine. You should have a light, thick batter. 

Melt your chocolate in the microwave on a medium setting with a tsp of oil to stop it burning, always keep checking it every 20-30 seconds! Once it's cooled for a couple of minutes, stir it into the batter with the peanut butter until you get a marbled effect. 

Pour this into your loaf tin, making sure to smooth down the top with the back of a spoon/knife so it bakes evenly, and then bake in the oven for 30-50 mins until it’s risen, deep brown in colour and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 

Leave to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins then turn out onto a plate/board and eat!

I think it looks pretty tasty! And it stopped my bananas and ground almonds from going to waste, of course, you can get rid of the almonds from the recipe if you want to and sub with an extra 50g of flour but I thought it might make a nice change to the texture and taste, which it did but I'm glad I added in the melted chocolate as the ground almonds did dry the batter out quite a lot! I think it’s a fun recipe to try out during the autumn and winter months and at least you know you can make this really tasty loaf from bananas that you would have thrown out! 
There are quite a lot of recipes that are much simpler than this and would just use a handful of ingredients but I had all of these to hand so thought it was worth experimenting with them all, would I attempt this again to try and improve the recipe? 100% yes, but I think for now it's a great start to making something super tasty and tackling household food waste! 

H x