Thursday, January 9, 2014

Peanut butter and banana snack cake

Super-easy peanut butter and banana snack cake is perfect for snacking or a quick breakfast.

peanut butter and banana snack cake

We're into Week 2 of Detox January 2014 and I'm giving you a recipe for peanut butter and banana snack cake.

Only with The Ninj do the words "cake" and "detox" manage to go well together.

(See? I told you this would be easy!)

Since I'm still on my post-oral-surgery soft food kick, I've been trying to come up with ever-more inventive ways with bananas, as they are filling and a good source of protein. I've been making a version of this snack cake (peanut butter only) for a few years now and realized that, if I took small bites and mixed in some mashed banana, it would definitely be post-surgery worthy -- especially since I have graduated from drinking my meals to chewing them again.

The banana was the perfect addition, lending a bit more moistness and really highlighting the creamy peanut butter flavor. It's a new breakfast favorite around Casa de Ninj.

This cake is also very kid-friendly and would be a nice lunchbox or after-school treat.  And, as with all my favorite recipes, feel free to personalize it; for example, throw in a handful of chopped nuts, if you want to add a little crunchiness, or add a sprinkling of crushed peanuts to the top before baking.

BTW, yesterday was Elvis' birthday -- and you know what a huge fan I am. I'm sure he would have loved a hunka hunka this peanut butter and banana snack cake.

peanut butter and banana snack cake

Peanut Butter and Banana Snack Cake

(inspired by What Julia Ate)

1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 banana, mashed
2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour through salt). In another bowl, beat the eggs lightly, then add the banana, butter, milk, yogurt and vanilla; stir it all up until well blended. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until combined. Lastly, fold in the peanut butter.

Pour the batter into a prepared 8" x 8" baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool a few minutes in the pan and then carefully turn the cake out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
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  1. As a teacher, I need an after school snack too. This will do quite nicely.

  2. I think this would be a great detox cake for breakfast. Delicious! Can I add a rum frosting on top, though?

    1. You keep cracking me up, David! You're as bad as I am, trying to throw booze into everything. :-)

  3. Peanut butter and banana is one of my favorite combinations. I sometimes eat a banana smeared with PB. This cake looks fantastic!

  4. Love baking with bananas! This cake looks delish! I like the idea of detox, but really can't do it. Kudos to those who can. More cake for those who don't. ;)

    1. That's why our Detox January is so easy -- you get cake. :-)

  5. Ooooo...Yess!!! Peanut butter and banana! My two favorite smoothie ingredients. The cake looks awesome and I could definitely see my little ones like it too...I might just have to throw in a few chocolate chips though ;)