I love birthdays. I really do. It’s the one day of the year where one can truly feel special and as if the whole world stops and everyone focuses their time and attention only on you. I’m lucky enough that I have two doting parents who make me feel special every single day of my life, but still, it’s fun to celebrate that momentous day when I popped out of mi birth mama’s womb along with my eleven other brothers and sisters who, unfortunately, shall now remain nameless. And not because I don’t like to talk about them, but because I really don’t know their names. Well except for Pepito, but that’s a totally different issue altogether. Ever since he labeled me a reject and the runt of the litter and stole my favorite chew toy, he’s not been one of my favorite relatives. Not that it bothers me anymore, though. I hear he got adopted soon after I left Mexico by an odd-looking man from Dubai and is now making the rounds throughout Asia as the rubber-nosed Chihuahua clown in a traveling circus troupe. Who’s the reject now, Pepito?
But back to birthdays. Mi (adopted) mama’s birthday is actually coming up really soon and the only other thing she’s mentioned wanting as a present besides a huge vat of peanut butter, a few jars of Vietnamese Cinnamon and a butt implant (alright that last one was actually my idea– but hey, she’s about to be 31, flat as a tortilla in the rear and let’s face it, Shakira she is not), is a banana bread that she can enjoy all to herself. And since I can’t exactly afford to pay for her plastic surgery procedure on my own and mi papa refuses to take out a second mortgage on our casa in order to foot the bill (as well as something about him loving her just the way she is… blah blah blah), I figured I could at least make her day by fulfilling her banana bread request. Here’s a sneak peek at her upcoming present. I made it this past weekend for mi abuelo and abuela just to make sure it would be suitable for her, and based on their individual reactions, it definitely was.
Birthday Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
2-3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup Greek or regular plain yogurt
3 tbsp canola oil
2 large eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp milk
1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Combine flours, flaxseeds, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice in a large bowl.
3) Mix mashed banana, yogurt, canola oil, eggs and vanilla in a medium-size bowl until combined. Add granulated and brown sugars and mix until combined.
4) Add banana mixture to flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in walnuts.
5) Pour batter into a loaf pan and bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
6) Allow to cool 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
7) For the glaze: Combine powdered sugar, peanut butter and milk in a small bowl and mix until smooth and creamy. Pour over top of completely cooled bread. Serve in slices and enjoy!
This bread is definitely a keeper and I have a feeling mi abuelos will be requesting a loaf for their individual birthdays as well. Of course!
Well I better be going now muchachos. It’s getting late in the evening and I need to prepare something for dinner tonight. I’m thinking maybe a stir-fry….
Buenos noches amigos!