Everyone knows what comfort food is. Some comfort foods are universally agreed upon (mac and cheese, anyone?) and others are comforting on a much more personal level.
Some of my favorite comfort foods are sunny side up eggs with buttered toast, pierogies fried in butter and sprinkled with sugar, and american grilled cheese on wheat bread. These foods aren't necessarily the healthiest, though they remind me of childhood in the best way! If we're gonna talk about comfort sweets, however...my number one is banana bread.
The origins of banana bread becoming my #1 comfort sweet are varied, but I've narrowed it down to a few key points.
For starters, my favorite cereal as a kid was banana nut crunch. I realize that is strange for a kid, but I absolutely loves those nutty banana-y clusters! And I wasn't alone, my brothers quite enjoyed it, too.
I also have very fond memories of my mom baking. Thanks to her, I've eaten more pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, and - you guessed it - banana bread, than most people have...probably. Whether or not that statement is true, it doesn't change the fact that I ate a lot of it!
And finally, once I lived on my own away from home I found a banana bread recipe that I adored. It was simple, cheap, and comforting. Still to this day it is my go-to recipe for classic banana bread. Over the years I have transformed the recipe into many variations of my own. This recipe is one of them. The combination of white and brown sugar gives the crust a perfect chewy crunch. The peanut butter and chocolate chip combination ties together yet another one of my comfort sweets with this one. And the peanuts on top make it feel just a little more sophisticated and adult-like while still being appealing to kids.
You never know...maybe this will become one of your favorite go-to comfort sweets!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 60-75 minutes
Yields: 1 9x5-inch loaf
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