Butterscotch Banana Bread

Sweet spiced banana bread with butterscotch chips! A fun new twist on everyone’s favorite “use up the bananas on the counter” recipe. 🙂

Sweet spiced banana bread with butterscotch chips! A fun new twist on everyone's favorite "use up the bananas on the counter" recipe. :)

Another Mom recipe! This time, for Butterscotch Banana Bread. In May 2003, when this recipe was first made, it was “very good.” And I was about to graduate from high school. #old

Sweet spiced banana bread with butterscotch chips! A fun new twist on everyone's favorite "use up the bananas on the counter" recipe. :)

I have no memory of the original baking of this banana bread, but I do know I’ve made it several times over the last nine years since Ben and I started dating, were engaged, and have been married. Ben looooves butterscotch flavored things, so I’m always looking for the next butterscotch treat to surprise him with! 🙂 In this banana bread, the caramel-y flavor of the butterscotch chips pairs perfectly with the classically spiced banana bread. What a great match! But let’s be real… is there ANYTHING that doesn’t mix in well with banana bread? Pretty much… no. 🙂 Enjoy!

one year ago: S’mores Bundt Cake
two years ago: Freezer Breakfast Burritos
three years ago: Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
four years ago: Applesauce Muffins
five years ago: Black Bean Soup Like You Mean It
six years ago:
Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Salad

Butterscotch Banana Bread

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 75 minutes
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from my mom 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup ripe mashed bananas – about 2-3 bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 ounces butterscotch chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch bread pan and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a large bowl, mix  bananas and sugar together. Add egg and butter, stirring until smooth. Alternate folding in flour mixture with milk, stirring until just combined. Stir in butterscotch chips, then transfer to prepared pan.

Bake for 60-70 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

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Banana Espresso Chocolate Crumb Cake for #Choctoberfest

This Banana Espresso Chocolate Crumb Cake is just the thing if you want a quick dessert with plenty of delicious fruit and chocolate flavor. The crumb topping makes it extra special!

This Banana Espresso Chocolate Crumb Cake is just the thing if you want a quick dessert with plenty of delicious fruit and chocolate flavor. The crumb topping makes it extra special! #Choctoberfest

I think we need a little dessert around here, don’t you? Most of what I been up to in the kitchen [and sharing on the blog, when I have had the chance] this summer has been savory… dinner, mostly, just to keep us fed amidst the newborn days. But lately I’ve had the urge to bake! I think pregnancy made me into more of a chocoholic than I have ever been before, but I still love me some fruity desserts too. 🙂 The best desserts are those that combine fruit and chocolate into one lovely package… like this banana cake that’s studded with chocolate chips and laced with a little bit of espresso flava! It is absolute PERFECT for Chocotoberfest!

Psssst…. don’t forget to enter the giveaway here. 🙂

This Banana Espresso Chocolate Crumb Cake is just the thing if you want a quick dessert with plenty of delicious fruit and chocolate flavor. The crumb topping makes it extra special! #Choctoberfest

I think that we can all agree that sometimes we buy extra bananas just to have them on hand for baking. Or is that just me? Haha. Anyways, this banana cake is a fabulous way to use up extra bananas languishing on your counter or popped in the freezer. It is a banana cake for people who like bananas–the flavor is definitely present, but if you aren’t the biggest banana fan on earth, don’t worry, as it is also tempered by the rich chocolate and coffee flavors too. There’s something in this cake for everyone! I would be remiss if I didn’t emphasize how perfect the sugary/spicy/salty crumb topping on this cake is also. Don’t omit the salt! It definitely adds a hint of something special to this cake… enjoy!

This Banana Espresso Chocolate Crumb Cake is just the thing if you want a quick dessert with plenty of delicious fruit and chocolate flavor. The crumb topping makes it extra special! #Choctoberfest
two years ago: Asian Turkey Meatballs with Carrot Rice
three years ago: Cream of Broccoli Soup with Cheese
four years ago: No Bake Tropical Energy Bites
five years ago: Garlicky Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
six years ago: Pillow Cookies

Banana Espresso Crumb Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 60 minutes
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from The Sweets Life

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 mashed ripe bananas, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup [1 stick] unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour [can use 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour & 3/4 cup all-purpose flour if you wish]
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee [or 1 1/2 packets of Starbucks Via or other packaged instant coffee]
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

for crumb topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon coarse salt [I used Kosher salt–use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon depending on how salty you like things]
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together bananas, sugar, butter, half and half, and egg. In a larger bowl, whisk together flour, instant coffee, and baking soda. Fold wet ingredients into the dry, stirring until just moistened. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

In another bowl, make the crumb topping by mixing together flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour melted butter over dry ingredients, then toss with a fork gently until crumbs form. For larger crumbs, toss less. Sprinkle evenly over cake batter.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Do not overbake–sometimes it can be hard to tell with banana baked goods whether they are done or not, so if you are in doubt, take it out and let it cool a little bit and check it a few more times.

For clean slices, cool before cutting. Slices of this cake reheat well in the microwave!

Check out other chocolate recipes of the day for Choctoberfest at the link below!

SRC: Honey Banana Muffins

Lightly sweetened banana muffins… these muffins are a simple, wholesome treat you will want to make again and again! If you love the taste of honey in baked goods, these muffins are for you!

Lightly sweetened banana muffins... these muffins are a simple, wholesome treat you will want to make again and again! If you love the taste of honey in baked goods, these muffins are for you! via thepajamachef.com #secretrecipeclub

Happy Secret Recipe Club Monday! I’m comin’ atcha from April, because who knows when this baby is going to come! Or if he has already, or if he is coming now, or what. 🙂 But I wanted to make sure I got my recipe in this month so here ya go, friends! This month for SRC, I was assigned to Rafeeda’s lovely blog, The Big Sweet Tooth. Rafeeda has so many amazing Indian recipes on her blog that she makes for her family [a husband and two kiddos]!

It almost seemed a shame to make something as basic as muffins, but it seems like Rafeeda likes banana treats quite a bit because I counted a good 8 or 9 banana muffins/breads/loaf cakes on her blog. I love banana-based muffins a lot so it sounded like a good idea, especially during a busy time in life. But I definitely have bookmarked some other recipes like Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry – Potato Curry in Roasted Coconut Masala,Koshari – Lentils and Rice with Tomato SauceChanna Masala – Chickpeas Curry in Coconut Milk, and Dark Chocolate Orange Cake with Orange Glaze to try later. Mmm!

But in the meantime, I’m not complaining about making these honey banana muffins. They are SO good! They’re super light and simple, but so flavorful. As I was baking them, I realized there wasn’t any real fat in the recipe – no butter, oil, or eggs… just banana, baking soda, and baking powder for leavening and brown sugar, cinnamon, and honey for flavor [plus bananas! duh!]. I used white whole wheat flour as the base, but you could use all-purpose or even whole wheat flour if you prefer.

Lightly sweetened banana muffins... these muffins are a simple, wholesome treat you will want to make again and again! If you love the taste of honey in baked goods, these muffins are for you! via thepajamachef.com #secretrecipeclub

The original recipe didn’t call for any mix-ins but I wanted to spice up a few, so I added some cinnamon chips to some and some mini chocolate chips to others. You can add anything you want, or nothing at all… they are great either way! You could also make these muffins as bread, but as you know, we prefer muffins over quick bread so I hope Rafeeda doesn’t mind the liberties I’ve taken with her recipe. 🙂 I think this is one I’ll be coming back to over the summer as the baking urge strikes when I’m busy with the baby! These muffins are healthy, easy, and delicious. What more do you need? Thanks, Rafeeda! Enjoy, everyone!

one year ago: Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes
two years ago: Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
three years ago: Club Soda Waffles
four years ago: Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette 
five years ago: Salsas for Cinco de Mayo

Honey Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 18
  • Time: 30 minutes
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from The Big Sweet Tooth

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour [or all-purpose flour]
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed – about 3 large bananas
  • any desired mix-ins: chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, coconut, granola, etc.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper liners or grease well.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk together honey and milk. Add mashed bananas and stir until combined. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ones, and fold together until just incorporated.

Divide batter between muffin cups, then add mix-ins to individual muffins as desired.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before storing in an air-tight container at room temperature for 3 days. After that, freeze for best results.

Note:

Original recipe was for honey banana bread–use a large loaf pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes.

Please check out other SRC recipes at the link below:

#HotSummerEats: Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

A refreshing smoothie, perfect for breakfasts on a hot morning or for a snack after spending the afternoon at the pool. This smoothie is full of fruit and a hint of spicy ginger for a fun twist.
Strawberry Ginger Smoothie for #HotSummerEats on thepajamachef.com
Ben and I love smoothies so much that we buy frozen berries in giant 10 pound bags from Sam’s Club. Now that we have an extra freezer in the garage–thanks Mom and Dad!–we can buy multiple kinds of fruit at once! YAY! But up until now, our class combo was vanilla yogurt + frozen strawberries + a frozen banana + a splash of milk or oj. Easy and delicious. For an afternoon snack though, like you may want during hot summer days, the idea of dairy–milk or yogurt–isn’t very appealing. So I switched up my normal smoothie, leaving out the yogurt to create more of a slushie texture and adding some ginger for a ‘lil extra flavor. Feel free to try this smoothie in whatever variations you like–using another type of berry, blending in some greens, adding protein powder or chia seeds, etc. This is a great basic smoothie recipe, tried and true and sure to please! Enjoy!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter the #HotSummerEats giveaway for lots of great prizes, including the ginger I received from Gourmet Garden and used in this recipe.

two years ago: Pretzel Rolls

Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed on the counter for 5 minutes
  • 2 sliced, frozen bananas, thawed on the counter for 5 minutes
  • 1/2 tablespoon Lightly Dried Ginger – or an equivalent of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup water, almond or coconut milk, juice, or other liquid, as desired/needed for blending
  • honey, optional

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until liquefied. Taste and add more ginger if desired, or add some honey for additional sweetness if needed. Serve immediately.

For more #HotSummerEats recipes, click the link below:

Disclaimer: Thank you to Gourmet Garden for providing samples and product to use for#HotSummerEats recipes without additional compensation. I was not asked to provide positive feedback. All opinions are my own. Please check them out on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Pinterest for more information on their products.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Add some pumpkin to your normal banana muffins for a fun twist on a classic recipe. 🙂

Pumpkin Banana Muffins | thepajamachef.comWhen you move, you often have a lot of food to use up so you don’t have to haul it across town. Or is that just me? Soooo I hope you can bear with me as I talk about pumpkin in May. I love it year round, and hope a lot of you do too! Ha!

Pumpkin Banana Muffins | thepajamachef.comAs you know if you’ve ever read my blog, I love muffins. SO much. I almost always have them wrapped in sandwich bags to add to our work lunches–it’s so handy. And since I try to make most of my muffins on the healthier side, it’s a fun good-for-you pseudo-dessert to enjoy during the work day. I’m sure some nutritionists/dieticians might disagree with me on this… but heyyy I like my muffins and I’m not ashamed of it. 🙂 Muffins aren’t ever filling enough for a normal breakfast, but they are a great lunchbox addition or snack. I know these muffins don’t look like much, but they taste great. Like their name implies, they’re a cross between banana and pumpkin muffins. Neither flavor overwhelms, and both flavors go great with pumpkin pie spice. I love making muffins with lots of fruit and/or spice so you don’t have to have tons ‘o sugar to get tons ‘o flavor. I know this is a recipe I’ll turn to again and again since I always have brown bananas on hand, and come fall, will have half empty cans of pumpkin to use up. If you want to spice these up a bit, feel free to stir in some sliced almonds or mini chocolate chips. Mmm! Enjoy!

two years ago: Apple Cream Chicken
three years ago: Pork Chops with Balsamic Blackberry Salad + Orzo

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Time: 30 minutes
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adapted from Simmworks Family Blog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray or line with paper liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.

In a smaller bowl or measuring cup, whisk together bananas, pumpkin, oil, eggs, and vanilla, until fully combined.

Add wet mixture to dry mixture, gently folding until combined. Divide batter between prepared muffin cups, then bake for 13-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.