Peanut butter. It’s actually good for us. I linked you to a great video, so do watch it! And it turns out that peanut butter has a few things in common with Bill Nye’s recent 2015 Commencement Speech spoken to in the realm of 35,000 people at Rutgers University this week. Gooo, NJ!! As a born and bread NJian, I almost attended Rutgers and my mom went there. Anywho, peanut butter and that speech are similar.
Behold, “”Keep reaching. Keep seeking. Keep using your abilities to bring out the best in those around you and get them to bring out the best in you,” said Nye. “Become the next great generation. You can and will, dare I say it, change the world.”
Peanut butter has been improving the quality of life for human beings as long ago as Aztec Times. At least this is as far back as peanut butter eating records go. Peanut butter has been using its abilities to bring out the best in people and we have been using peanut butter to bring out the best in it for ages.
I went all out and attempted to bring out the best in peanut butter with this recipe. And the best in bananas too. Whether or not I succeeded, well, I will let you be the judge. That is, if you prepare this easy recipe yourself, of course.
I added some superfood maca powder because it’s truly amazing stuff for a recipe like this one. It has a subtle caramel flavor and pairs perfectly with peanut butter and/or banana flavors. I am a total nerd and love learning about both the health properties of foods and their history in the human diet and I hope you do too because you are about to receive some debatably nerdy, yet non-negotiably unpointless maca knowledge.
1) Maca is an herbaceous plant native to Bolivia and Peru, grown high in the Andes Mountains. The maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities as far back as 1600 B.C.
2) Maca is loaded with amino acids, vitamins B, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as fiber and essential fatty acids. Maca is also an adaptogen, meaning it helps to bring balance to the body’s endocrine system and alleviate stress. Studies have shown maca acting as a caffeine-free energizer, providing us with an all-natural boost of energy. Woohoo!
Note to self: Be careful how much maca you consume. You already have chronic and copious energy levels, surprisingly even when you lack sleep, which you are lacking as you type this.
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour (or a combo)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 medium-sized very ripe bananas
1/2 cup date sugar
Butterscotch PB Glaze ingredients:
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons date sugar
2 tablespoons nondairy milk
1 tablespoon butterscotch extract
This is legit the easiest recipe I have created in a while. Start out by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly greasing a square baking dish. I used a 9×9 square pan, but you can use a smaller one because the batter only filled the baking dish half way.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a food processor until thoroughly combined. The batter may be a bit dense, but that’s okay, it will rise when baked and turn into scrumptious golden squares.
Pour the batter into your greased baking dish, flattening and smoothing the top before placing into the oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
To prepare the glaze, whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl and pour over the bread.
Lastly: I feel that a warning may be necessary. This bread is too delicious not to keep yourself in check regarding how much of it you consume. I have a little trick. If you are preparing this bread (which may also be called squares) for either yourself alone or a group of people, once it is finished baking and has cooled for at least 15 minutes, cut it up into individual squares or slices and freeze them individually in tin foil. This way, you will have perfectly portioned squares/slices ready for you to enjoy without worrying about overeating!
I’ve also made this recipe into cookies and they were sooooo good. I hope your day is sooo good too.