Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Bread

I love to pack in as much stuff as I can when I'm baking a fruit bread. So realistically I should of called this Banana, Peanut Butter, Date, Chocolate, Nuts and Oats bread! But I decided not too as it was too much of a mouthful :P

I HAVE to always have something in the freezer for snack time. I don't have a slice everyday. Sometimes I will have yoghurt, fresh fruit and nuts. It depends on a) how busy I am and b) what I feel like.

I do have an uncontrolled addiction to baking fruit bread. I love the house smelling like a freshly baked loaf. There are no candle's on earth that will replicate this intoxicating smell.

I make so many bread's and I forget to blog about them all the time. But this one is a winner. I knew from the smell, that this was going to be incredibly delicious.

I had a small, way too hot to eat just as it came out of the oven slice. And even If I say so myself It is hands down my favourite loaf bread so far. I enjoyed it so much I wanted more. And I never do that. I never ever have seconds. It could also have been the fact I was watching Ellen and laughing my arse off, that I was a little distracted, so I didn't savour my food like I usually do.

This recipe would also make muffins. The wonderful thing about both, whether you make muffins or a loaf, they freeze well. So wonderful for school lunches ;)

I apologise the pics I took dont do this bread any justice. I cannot for the life of me get great food pics!

Dry Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of wholemeal S.R flour
1/4 cup of mixed chocolate chips, or half a block of dark chocolate cut into chunks
1/4 cup of vanilla caster sugar
1 cup of rolled oats
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/3 cup nuts, whichever you prefer, i used pistachios and almonds

Wet Ingredients

1/3 of a cup of vegetable oil
10 dried dates
2 eggs
1/3 of a cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of milk
2 ripe bananas 

Preheat the oven to 170C fan forced.
Place all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.
Blend all the wet ingredients either in a food processor, or with a hand blender, till mixed. I leave it chunky with the dates.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry, mix until just combined. Pour into a baking paper lined tin bake for about 50 minutes, depending on your oven.

Its serious business eating banana :):):)


  1. This looks so brilliant I can nearly smell it!


    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Michelle :D

  2. You know what a fan I am of your breads Leah! And I must admit I have a special obsession with breads with lots of ingredients or "bits" in them like this!

    1. Awww thanks so much Lorraine :D

      I know right, the more bits, the better it tastes ;)

  3. Someone better bake this for week starting 27th... or some form of delicious item.

    1. hahaha it depends on what the MIL is doing, if i can use the kitchen.

  4. *hyperventilates* Peanut butter, chocolate, and PISTACHIOS?! Please, please deliver this to me!

  5. You never have seconds!!! What self control, I envy you. Just yesterday I made 12 vegan chocolate cupcakes and I ate 5 IN A ROW - and this was after I had a big dinner.
    And this is also why I try not to make loaves or cakes, since my 'slices' usually end up being large slabs. And an entire loaf can disappear in two days...

    1. I never used to be like that...I think that is why I have such self control :)

  6. Rest assured Leah...your photos make the bread looks super moorish :) You love your fruit breads- & I keep meaning to make them! xo

    1. I do love them!!!! They are super easy, and i know exactly whats in it.

  7. Look at the vibrant pistachio chunks!! Love it. You truly are the sweet bread queen, Leah. I'd love a loaf each week thanks. In my fridge. Just mix up the flavours as you wish. Thanks :)
    Heidi xo

  8. oooooooooooo deliciousness ahoy!

    ohhh little missy is growing up fast, what a cutie :D

    1. yeah it really was. She is growing way to quickly. Thanks Shell for the lovely comment :


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