Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Bread [Gluten Free]
The thing I miss most about living at home (and by home I mean my father’s house – key word house, not studio apartment) besides missing my family and friends is having laundry downstairs in a dedicated room. Can you imagine, a whole room just for laundry? I don’t even have a whole room just for sleeping, it’s rolled up into a room for living.
The washing machine in my building works maybe 30% of the time. I’ve spent countless minutes banging my detergent bottle on the quarter thing because no one ever empties out the quarters so they get stuck and you end up paying $5.00 a load rather than $2.50 (which is also highway robbery for laundry). Lately it’s just been full of water, whatever that means. Doesn’t it know there’s a drought and it shouldn’t be wasting water?
So I had been putting laundry off for a week which with the way I go through clothes, meant I had exactly 0 sports bras and 0 pairs of running socks. I have somehow lost two of my favorite Brooks running socks at some point in the past 7 months of fighting with a shitty washing machine and had to wear non-matching socks to my run on Saturday. No one said anything – not that runners ever would.
Saturday I had all these grand plans of being a productive human being post-first long run post-marathon (13 miles with San Francisco Road Runners – felt good to be back) and then I just couldn’t find the motivation to do anything. I realized the laundry situation was a dire one and brought everything downstairs to find the washer full of water. Of course.
This situation happened right before Carly came to visit in April. I had to wash my bedding because I have one set (I know, I should have two, but when your sheets are like $200 that just isn’t the best use of two pairs of Lululemon yoga pants or running tights in my mind) so I quickly Yelped laundry mat. There is one called The Missing Sock which is like fancy for a laundry mat. You use a little pre-paid card and they have lots of art and stuff hanging. It’s very Marina.
So… I schlepped four loads of laundry the four blocks to the laundry mat. And I understood why people hate doing laundry because I used to love doing laundry because I’m crazy and in the process of getting my degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising, I had a whole class on how to properly wash clothes! If I can confirm a laundry service will not dry my jeans and Lululemon and work-out gear and basically everything I own other than socks and the things I sleep in, I am no longer above paying to get my laundry done.
So, this bread. It’s basically PRETTY HEALTHY (duh, it’s on this blog) so it’s full of fiber and protein thanks to the peanut flour. I realized after about 60 failed banana bread attempts you have to have some sort of flour and peanuts + strawberry = peanut butter and jelly, right? Fun fact – another food I hated as a child was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Peanut butter only. I think it was a trip to Europe with my grandmother where I discovered I actually liked jelly. (Bonne Maman, you do it to me every time).
If you want to make this vegan, swap out the egg for a flax or chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds/flax seeds + 3 tbsp water). It’s already sugar free so I can’t help you out anymore there.
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup peanut flour
- 1 egg
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 2 cups chopped strawberries
- 1½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix all dry ingredients (flours, cinnamon, baking powder and salt) until just combined. Create a well in the middle.
- Mix egg, almond milk, mashed banana, coconut oil and vanilla extract in another medium bowl until well combined.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Carefully fold in strawberries.
- Pour batter into bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out clean.
If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.
Chat with me:
What do you miss most about living with your parents (if anything)? Did you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid? What are your favorite banana bread mix-ins?