Almond Butter Banana Bread

I would consider myself a connoisseur when it comes to banana bread.  I love the stuff, so I try countless recipes and variations.  My tried and true favorite classic banana bread is this one, however this Almond Butter Banana Bread has become a fast favorite.  I came across this recipe while watching Live with Kelly and Ryan.  Ryan Seacrest’s girlfriend was on the show sharing her recipe for banana bread and I had to try it.

Now I am not going to lie…when I first saw the recipe I wasn’t sure how it would all come together because there is no flour and the base of the bread is almond butter.  However, it looked good so I gave it a try.  Oh my gosh…it is really, really delicious and very filling.  The almond butter base gives the bread great flavor and fills it with healthy fats making it very satisfying.  I love adding dark chocolate chips and a sprinkling of homemade granola.   The sweet creaminess of the chocolate, combined with the crunch of the granola makes for the perfect combination.

Whether you have a favorite banana bread recipe or not, please give this recipe a try.  A slice of this delicious bread makes an excellent breakfast or a healthy snack.  Slather a bit of all fruit spread and it will be even more delicious…if that is even possible…

Almond Butter Banana Bread
1 c. organic smooth almond butter
3 mashed ripe bananas
1/2 c. 100% pureed pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 t. salt
3 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. ground cloves
2 t. pure vanilla extract
3 T. maple syrup
1/3. c. granola (optional, I like my recipe here)
1/3 c. dark chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.   Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a bowl of a food processor, place almond butter, bananas, pumpkin puree, eggs, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and maple syrup all together.  Pulse 15-20 times until combined.  Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and springs with chocolate chips and granola.

Cook for 50-60 minuted until the toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

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