Making the Most Out of Brown Bananas


If you have a toddler you know what a struggle it is to get them to eat a healthy, well-rounded meal. You know how hard it is to not give in to the constant snacking because you just want them to stop asking you for a snack every 10 minutes. You also probably know that most toddlers have these amazing taste buds that love a food one day and hate that same food the next. My 3 year old loves bananas… about every other week. This usually leads to us always having bananas on hand but they don’t always get eaten. I vaguely remember this happening to bananas at my parent’s house while I was growing up and my mom would make the most delicious banana bread, which would usually be gobbled up in less than a day. It wasn’t just any old banana bread, nope, it was peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread and I am going to tell you all how to make it.

Making the Most Out of Brown Bananas | Duluth Moms Blog

You will need the following ingredients:  

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (roughly 2 bananas)

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup milk chocolate chips, divided

1/3 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large mixing bowl. Add bananas, milk, peanut butter, vegetable oil, and egg and stir until dry and wet ingredients are combined. Add ¾ of the chocolate chips and pour batter into the loaf pan.  Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips and optional chopped peanuts on the top of the batter in the pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes then carefully remove from pan and place on cooling rack. 

Cut into slices once cool and enjoy!

I have found that the more I let my kid help me in the kitchen, even if it’s just pouring the pre-measured ingredients into mixing bowl or cracking the eggs, the more likely he will eat the finished product. So let you kids jump in and help. Not only will your toddler enjoy this yummy treat made from the unwanted bananas, all the members of your family will enjoy this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!

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Hailing from the great state of North Dakota Melainy is new to the Duluth area and excited to explore all the great places and activities the Twin Ports area has to offer. Her Husband Ben, originally from Chisholm, 14 month old Jameson, and two 50lb English Setters have recently settled into small town living in Esko, MN and are eager to make their new house a home. As a first time mom, moving to a new town and a new state is chaotic and Melainy and her family are embracing the challenge, Follow her on Instagram @mmnickila and laugh at all of the hilarious 1st time mom adventures she encounters. Also follow her blog,