I, like most other humans I have come into contact with, absolutely love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter together.  In fact, I may be so bold to say that it is my favorite flavor combination of all.  Peanut butter alone is a food item that I cannot go more than a couple of days without enjoying in some form or another.  I will never outgrow bringing a plain old PB & J sandwich for lunch.  This Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing is a tribute to my love of peanut butter and chocolate.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Sour cream is a key ingredient in my mom’s banana bread recipe that keeps the bread extremely moist for days.  This Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing incorporates that same magic ingredient to give the super chocolatey bread a cake-like texture.  Rather than incorporating peanut butter directly into the batter, I elected to make a simple peanut butter frosting that really takes this bread over the top and into dessert territory.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The semisweet chocolate chips that are mixed into the batter for Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing remain whole through baking so that each bite gives you s satisfying amount of richness.  To top it all off, I just happened to have about 1/4 cup of Mini Reese’s Pieces in my baking stash, so I couldn’t resist sprinkling them over the freshly frosted bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 9X5\" loaf (about 12 servings)

1/12 of loaf

Moist, tender and chocolatey banana bread packed with chocolate chips and drizzled with a smooth peanut butter icing

Ingredients

    For the bread:
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp unsalted butter) room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large overripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the frosting and decoration:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Mini Reese's Pieces

Instructions

    For the bread:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9X5" loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add bananas and mix well.
  5. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  6. Add flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and mix well.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
  10. For the frosting:
  11. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave peanut butter for 30 seconds until runny. Stir sugar and milk into peanut butter and mix until combined.
  12. Drizzle over top of bread and top with Mini Reese's Pieces.
  13. Recipe adapted from Peanut Butter Comfort by Averie Sunshine

Notes

Per slice (1/12 of loaf) Fat: 12g Calories: 244 Carbohydrates: 33g

cream butter and sugar together

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add bananas

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add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix

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add dry ingredients, then chocolate chips and mix well

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bake, then drizzle with icing once cooled

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

This recipe is adapted from a cookbook that I literally want to make every recipe from.  Peanut Butter Comfort by Averie Sunshine is so visually and descriptively appetizing that I was giddy with excitement upon perusing it for the first time.

Peanut Butter Comfort Review

Peanut Butter Comfort has recipes for breakfast, bars, cookies, no-bake treats and candies most of which star peanut butter as the key ingredient.  There is a large, bright photo with every single recipe, which I love because I like to have a visual before I begin a recipe anytime I can.  Next up on my list of what to make from this cookbook will be either Peanut Butter & Jelly Puff Pastry Pinwheels (how fun would these be for breakfast??),

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Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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or these Marshmallow Butterscotch Fluffernutter Bars.

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*Skyhorse Publishing provided me with a review copy of the book, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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It’s Day 2 of Peanut Week, who’s excited??  Hopefully these Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars will make you even more excited!

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Salted nut rolls have always been a favorite candy of mine.  After all, isn’t a salted nut roll the original sweet and salty snack??  Since my husband was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, we have gone through more honey roasted peanuts in my house than I have had in my entire lifetime!  I buy giant jars of them at Costco and he will have a small dish of them for dessert or as a pre-dinner snack.  Even the honey roasted peanuts are a great low-carb snack option.  Since I began bringing massive loads of these perfectly addicting sweet and salty peanuts into my home, I have been dying to find a recipe to use them in.  Enter Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars!

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The flavors of these bars will remind you of eating a salted nut roll but you don’t even have to mess with a candy thermometer or making a nougat for this recipe.  Marshmallows lend that same gooey sweetness to these bars.  Also, these Honey Roasted Marshmallow Bars satisfy my texture craving for a perfect crunchy yet chewy snack.

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These bars are quire sweet and rich so I recommend cutting the 8-inch square pan that you make them in into 20 pieces.  It would also be super cute presentation to wrap these Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars individually in wax paper like you might find at a candy store.

A few tips for this recipe:

  • Spray your parchment paper very liberally with nonstick cooking spray.  Melted marshmallows may be one of the stickiest substances on the planet!
  • Spray the measuring cups that you use to measure the peanut butter and corn syrup with nonstick cooking spray to make cleanup easier.
  • You could certainly use plain roasted peanuts or any other nut that you enjoy in this recipe.

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Honey Roasted Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bars

1 bar

These bars are a perfect mix of chewy and crunchy and will remind you of eating a salted nut roll

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • For the topping:
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups honey roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal

Instructions

    For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. LIne an 8X8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper liberally with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar and flour and press evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 12 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle marshmallows over the baked crust and return to the oven for 7 minutes so that marshmallows become softened.
  5. For the topping:
  6. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter, corn syrup and butter and microwave for one minute. Stir together to combine. Mix in vanilla.
  7. In a separate large bowl, combine peanuts and cereal. Pour peanut butter mixture over peanuts and cereal and stir to coat.
  8. Pour peanut mixture over marshmallows and spread evenly.
  9. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting and serving.
  10. Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks|averiecooks.com

Notes

Per bar: Calories: 237 Fat: 17g Carbs: 17g

DID YOU KNOW?  Peanuts and peanut butter can help control blood sugar.  If you peanuts or peanut butter as part of a high carbohydrate meal, the healthy oils and proteins in peanuts can decrease blood sugar spikes and help to keep blood sugars stable throughout the entire day.

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Last weekend I was fortunate to travel to Napa, California courtesy of The Peanut Institute.  The Peanut Institute “is a non-profit organization that supports nutrition research and develops educational programs to encourage healthful lifestyles that include peanuts and peanut products.”  The trip was incredible and I learned wonderful facts about the nutritional benefits of peanuts, got to spend time with one of my great friends Emily,

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and we even got to cook at the Culinary Institute of America!  Check that one off my bucket list!

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The trip inspired me in so many ways.  When I returned home, I was excited to share some fantastic peanutty recipes with you.  So sweet teeth, I am declaring it Peanut Week!  I will be sharing one fact that I learned about peanuts with each of these satisfying recipes.

What better way to kick of Peanut Week than with these Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies?

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies are so light and soft, you would never guess that a key ingredient like flour is missing!  With only six ingredients, these cookies are a great gluten-free treat option and you will be shocked how only SIX ingredients can create a cookie that tastes so delicious.

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I was so happy when I calculated the nutrition facts for these Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies and found out that each cookie only has 13 grams of carbs!  That is pretty remarkable for a cookie that has chopped up candy bars in it!

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 22 cookies

Soft and chewy flourless peanut butter cookies stuffed with Peanut Butter Snickers Candy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Snickers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream peanut butter, sugar, egg baking soda and vanilla together.
  3. Mix in chopped candy bars.
  4. Roll dough into small balls and place onto cookie sheets.
  5. Bake 12 minutes.
  6. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

Notes

Per cookies: Calores: 138 Fat: 8g Carbs: 13g

Flourless Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

DID YOU KNOW??  Eating 1 ounce of peanuts daily can cut your risk of heart disease in half.  The oil in peanuts is mostly monounsaturated which offers the same health benefits as other healthy fats such as olive oil.

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Did your high school cafeteria have any good treats that you still think about to this day?  My high school had these incredibly soft M&M cookies that I still miss.  When I came across a recipe for Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars, it immediately peaked my interest because of my fond memories of the beloved lunch lady cookies that I remember.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Chocolate and peanut butter in any recipe gives me high hopes that I will fall in love with the treat.  These cookies begin with a soft and chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookie base.  As soon as you take the cookies out of the oven you smear them with more peanut butter so that it melts with the warmth of the cookie crust.  Finally, top all of that goodness off with a classic chocolate frosting and you’ll have visions of adorable lunch ladies dancing in your head when you eat one of these Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars.

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars are based on a peanut butter oatmeal cookie crust and smeared with more melty peanut butter and perfect chocolate frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup cream peanut butter, divided
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For the frosting:!
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8X8-inch pan.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and brown sugar for the bars. Add vanilla, egg and 1/2 cup peanut butter and mix well to combine.
  4. Add oats, flour, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  7. After bars have been out of oven for 5 minutes, while still hot, spread remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter over bars evenly. Peanut butter will get melty so that it is easy to spread.
  8. Refrigerate until peanut butter solidifies again, about 15 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, for the frosting, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
  10. Spread frosting evenly over bars. Cut and serve.
  11. Recipe adapted from [Six Sisters' Stuff Cookbook|http://www.amazon.com/Six-Sisters-Stuff-Family-Recipes/dp/160907324X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363137227&sr=1-1&keywords=six+sisters+cookbook)

This recipe comes from the new cookbook from Six Sisters’ Stuff.  Can you imagine having a blog with your 5 sisters??? That’s exactly what this six remarkable ladies are lucky enough to do.  Their first cookbook is filled with easy any day recipes that they use to feed their busy families.  The sisters value getting their families to sit down together for a meal, which I admire.

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Not only does Six Sisters’ Stuff cookbook offer over 80 recipes with nice color photos, but it also offers crafts and ideas such as a list of activities for children to do inside if they can’t go out on a rainy day.  The recipe chapters are divided into Main Dishes, Slow Cookier, Sides, Salads, Breads and Desserts and all of the recipes are based on ingredients that you will likely already have in your pantry at home.  Most of the recipes in this book are very simple and would be great for someone who is a beginner in the kitchen and is looking to learn some basics using easy-to-find ingredients.

There are certainly more dessert recipes in this book that have caught my attention such as the Sugar Cookie and S’mores Bars.  Many of the main dishes in Six Sisters’ Stuff are casseroles and good down home type cooking that may remind you of some of your family classics.

*Shadow Mountain Publishing sent me a review copy of the Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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Sometimes I have no filter.  For example, in my mind, if chocolate cake is good, then chocolate cake with nuts inside, chocolate frosting on top and crushed up Heath Bars sprinkled over the top could only be better.  Peanut butter cookies are one of my all time favorite cookies.  I particularly like a thick (I’m talking at least an inch) cookie that is crispy on the outer edges and chewy in the middle with coarse sugar sprinkled over the top.  I think that it can be so difficult to replicate the style of a good bakery cookie at home.  When I decided to make a perfectly good thing even better by making these Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies, I knew that I wanted the peanut butter cookie to be able to stand on it’s own.  I wanted that thick and chewy bakery-style peanut butter cookie.

Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The base cookie that I used for these Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are soft and chewy ad would be fantastic on their own.  But after making Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies a few months ago, I have been dying to try another cookie-inside-cookie combination!

 Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I see many other stuffed cookie adventures in my future because I just cannot get enough of these over-the-top treats.  When you bake an Oreo inside a cookie, the Oreo itself gets slightly softer, but not at all soggy.  And the glorious, mysterious creamy filling in the Oreo melts slightly so that it is somewhat molten if you eat one of the stuffed cookies while they are still warm out of the oven.  With all of the creative Oreo flavors on the market these days, stay tuned for the next flavor combination that I present to you, because I know that it will not end with these Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies.

Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: ~15 cookies

Thick and chewy peanut butter cookies stuffed with Oreos

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (I used natural creamy)
  • 1 egg
  • 1Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Oreo cookies

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
  4. Using a spoon take about 2 Tbsp of dough and place it on top of an Oreo. Take another 2 Tbsp of dough and put it on the bottom of the Oreo and gently press the two pieces of dough together to seal the seam between the pieces of dough and wrap the cookie completely.
  5. Place cookies onto parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheets.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Bake cookies for ~15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and feel set.
  9. Cool for 5 minutes before placing cookies on cooking racks to cool completely.
  10. Peanut butter cookie recipe adapted from Buttercream Blondie

Oreo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

If you need even more Oreo-inspired treats in your life, let me remind you of these Cookies & Cream Brownies.

Cookies & Cream Brownies {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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