Peanut Butter Bacon Banana Bread

Guys...this bread. It's on a whole new level of banana bread. IMG_0746

I am a firm believer that bacon makes everything better, and this proves it.

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And browned butter, I just couldn't not brown the butter. It's always worth it.

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It doesn't get any better than that, does it?

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Ready for some quality time in da oven.

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Perfection. This bread is addicting. It's moist (sorry) and the balance between all the flavors is spot on.

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Because you can never have too much peanut butter.

[recipe title= "Peanut Butter Bacon Banana Bread" servings= "One 10x6 Loaf" time= "About 1 Hour and 10 Minutes"]

Slightly Adapted From: How Sweet Eats

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings resulting from cooking bacon
  • 4 bananas, mashed (about 2 1/4 cups mashed)
  • 1/3 cup milk

Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon, and place on paper towels to drain. Reserve 1/4 cup of the bacon drippings and set aside.
    2. While the bacon is cooking, let's brown the butter. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat, and add the butter. Cook until the butter has melted, brown bits begin to form at the bottom of the pan, and the butter is fragrant and nutty. Remove from the heat, and place in another bowl to cool.
    3. Spray your loaf pan with non-stick spray, or grease with butter.
    4. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon then set aside.
    5. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together until completely smooth. Next whisk in the vanilla extract, peanut butter, bacon drippings, and browned butter. Add the bananas and milk, and mix until combined. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients using a spoon until the batter comes together. Fold in bacon until it is equally distributed throughout.
    6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Set on a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the center is set and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the bread cool completely before cutting.

[/recipe]

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