Peanut Butter Banana Cupcakes

Wow…it has been a full year since I’ve last blogged. Ha! As I wrote that, I spoke it out loud and it sounded like “It has been a year since my last confession.” I’m not Catholic so I’m not quite sure how that whole thing works but like many of us I am an expert via many hours of TV and movie watching ­čśë

Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with why I have been absent. Nothing major happened…my last post was about Blue Apron and I still use them about once a month or every other month. I’m going to start posting again but probably not monthly as I used to.

This idea of combining peanut butter and banana came about because I had leftover baking ingredients in my fridge from when my good friend came over and made cupcakes for her boyfriend’s surprise party. Her cupcakes were a combination of chocolate, rum, peanut butter and some other ingredients that I won’t give away because it is her personal recipe. It was so delicious and she told me that adding peanut butter to the batter makes the cupcakes super moist. So with the leftover peanut butter, milk, eggs, etc, I decided to give these a go!

Ingredients: yellow cake mix, 3 tblsp peanut butter, 1 cup milk/almond milk, 3 eggs, 2 bananas, 1/3 c. butter, buttercream frosting (from can)

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I basically followed the directions on the box and added the peanut butter and bananas.

1. Preheat oven to 350. Melt the butter in a bowl to soften, add milk and eggs. Then mix in the peanut butter.

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2. Peel the bananas and mash with a fork in separate bowl. Add the cake mix and mashed bananas to the liquid mixture.

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3.Mix until smooth…this is where I regret not investing in an electric mixer. Now that I am baking more often, I should at least look into buying the electric hand mixer. My friend who came over had one and it elevated the entire baking experience for me. The picture above is me struggling to get the batter smooth using my weak arm strength.

4. After the batter is smooth, use an ice cream scoop or spoon to put it into the cupcake pan. I had cupcake liners. This recipe makes 24 cupcakes and my cupcake pan holds 12 so I put the leftover batter in a cake pan.

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5. Put in the oven and bake for about 20 min

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6. Wait a few minutes for them to cool before frosting with the buttercream.

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The taste of the peanut butter is pretty faint but it definitely makes these cupcakes so moist and the banana/yellow cake combo is heavenly.

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Since it has banana, I assumed it can be eaten in the morning for breakfast. I mean what are muffins?? What I’m trying to say is that I have eaten this cupcake after each meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner…Probably not good to have 3 cupcakes a day but whatever ­čÖé

Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

October has been such a busy month for me, but it is also my favorite because it is my birthday month! It is also the beginning of sweater/boot weather here in North Carolina so that brings me joy as well.

One of my favorite snack/lunches since I was a little girl has always been and will always be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I know several people with peanut allergies and it makes my heart sad to know that they can never fully enjoy this beautiful invention. (I know that they have plenty of alternatives so don’t think I’m being rude, I just know how much I love peanut butter).┬áSo in celebration of the best month, I made these super easy and super delicious Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies. The recipe is very similar to regular brownies.

One day as I was scrolling through my fellow food bloggers, I came across a series of posts from AnUnrefinedVegan.com that were making vegan versions of this list: 29 Ways to Honor The Glory of Peanut Butter and Jelly

Number 12 caught my attention because it looked simple and it turns out that I had all of the ingredients already. Check out the delicious looking vegan version here: Sugar-free Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies 

I basically followed the directions from here.

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First, I melted the butter and peanut butter in the microwave for a couple seconds.  Then added the brown sugar, vanilla, and egg. Preheat oven 350.

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Next, add the flour and salt and mix everything together until smooth.

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I put aluminum in baking dish and sprayed with cooking spray. Then poured peanut butter mixture and spread it across the pan.

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Scooped dollops of jelly and peanut butter on top and swirled it around using a butter knife.┬áBake for 20-25 minutes and make sure you don’t over bake. After you take them out, don’t let them cool for too long because they are the best when they are warm! Then comes the best part…

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Mmm I’m in love..

I also decided to try peanut butter and jelly pancakes.

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Equally as satisfying..