I suppose it’s a little short on time to call this my Valentine’s Day themed recipe, but hey the day is about love, and I love bananas and cookie butter- so it counts in my book. After a friend requested some banana bread and having bought some cookie butter and needing to make some concoction with it- I decided banana bread was the way to go. But speaking on the topic of Valentine’s Day, I’ve had my hiccups of attempting to celebrate this Hallmark holiday. My first V-Day with my boyfriend, we attempted to have a nice dinner out, only find out the restaurant cancelled after a large snowstorm. I marched home frustrated, took off my nice dress, and changed in to sweats. We ended up eating cheese fries and wraps at the same place where we had our first date. This year we decided to see a DJ while visiting family in Las Vegas- I am only waiting to see what adventure occurs on this night.
Yet, I suppose Valentine’s Day shouldn’t come with any expectations, but rather we should just learn to enjoy the company of those we love and those that love us- no matter who they are. There is no need for extravagant gifts or over-priced dinners, even though once in a while they are nice to indulge in. On the other hand, you can stay in, make this banana bread, enjoy it with some ice cream, and call it a great night.
Cookie Butter Swirl Banana Bread
1 hour 15 mins
1 hour 40 mins
1 banana bread
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 stick unsalted, room temperature butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup of yogurt (sour cream would also work)
- ½ cup of cookie butter spread
- ½ cup of old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- ¼ cup chopped almonds (unsalted)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the banana on a parchment lined cookie sheet, and spread the brown sugar on top of them. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the bananas are fragrant and soft. Let them cool for 5-7 minutes.
- In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add in the roasted bananas. Then add in the egg and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add these dry ingredients in batches to the wet ingredients in the mixer. Lastly, mix in the yogurt.
- In a greased loaf pan, pour in half of the banana bread batter. Then take half of the cookie butter spread and disperse it on top of the batter. Pour the rest of the batter over and repeat the cookie butter spreading. (Note: you can heat up the cookie butter for 20 seconds to help soften it, but be careful not to burn it.) Using a cake tester or toothpick, swirl the batter around until all the cookie butter seems distributed.
- In a small bowl mix all of the topping ingredients. Spread the topping evenly over the batter. Bake the bread at 350 degree for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a cake tested comes out clean.
- Let the bread cool on a wire rack before removing from the pan.