many prayers.

thoughts & prayers to all those affected by the tragedy in boston.

I’m still at a loss for words. hold your loved ones a little closer. it is so sad to see what our reality has become. but beautiful to see complete strangers come together.

appreciate what you have. take nothing for granted.

boston

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peanut butter banana coffee cakes.

covermy absolute favorite decadent treat from starbucks is hands-down their banana chocolate chip coffee cake. it’s amazing. sadly, a couple weeks ago I ordered a slice and was told they no longer carry it. this is a borderline day ruiner. but I took it as an opportunity ..to bake. and re-create the recipe in my own kitchen.

I am happy to say my peanut butter banana coffee cakes are gluten-free, butter-free, cupcake-sized. and oh so scrumptious.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBCyour streusel ingredients.

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add: 1/2 cup brown sugar1 tbsp ground cinnamon.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

in a plastic bag, combine: 1/2 cup chopped nuts & 1 cup chocolate. [I used 1/2 cup of each reese’s pieces & chocolate chips for my chocolate]. and then take out your aggression!

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

your streusel is complete. set aside.

now in a different bowl, combine dry ingredients.

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1 1/2 cup corn flour [or all-purpose flour]. 3/4 tsp baking soda. 3/4 tsp baking powder. 1/4 tsp salt.

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set aside.

now for the wet ingredients.

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combine: 3/4 cup sugar. 1 egg. 1 cup greek yogurt [I used almond creme flavor]. 1 tbsp peanut butter. 

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until mixed completely.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes

use 3 very ripe bananas. mash up! & add to wet ingredients.

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if you do not have buttermilk [like me] – use approx. 1/4 cup of milk & add 2 tbsp lemon juice.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

add dry mix to wet mix.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

the name of the game is layering. [batter, streusel, batter, & lastly streusel]. don’t over-fill. I may have. 

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLInaBC

my oven tends to be on the slower side. and my coffee cakes were done in 22 minutes.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

if the toothpick comes out clean ..they’re done!!

let cool approximately 10 minutes before devouring. orrr the way I like them, cooled completely. usually I like my baked goods warm & gooey. but for some strange reason, these are best served cold.

peanut butter banana coffee cakes LLinaBC

makes approximately 12 [cupcake-sized] coffee cakes.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips [I used 1/2 reese’s pieces + 1/2 cup chocolate chips]
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts [I used pecans]
  • 1 tbspn ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup corn flour [or all-purpose flour]
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup greek yogurt [I used almond creme flavor]
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed [very ripe] bananas. approximately 3 bananas.
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk [or milk + lemon juice for a substitute].

directions: 

  1. preheat oven to 350°F. place cupcake liners in cupcake tin.
  2. make the streusel – combine chocolate chips and/or reese’s pieces, brown sugar, chopped nuts, and cinnamon. mix well. and set aside.
  3. in a different bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. sift. and set aside.
  4. in a different bowl, combine wet ingredients: sugar, 1 egg, greek yogurt, and peanut butter. mix well. add mashed bananas & buttermilk. combine!
  5. add dry ingredients to wet ingredients – & blend well.
  6. layer into the muffin tin – batter, streusel, batter, & top with streusel.
  7. bake in oven 18-25 minutes. [my oven tends to be slower, & took 22 minutes].
  8. let cool completely. or 10 minutes if you can’t wait. and ..
  9. enjoy!

peanut butter banana coffee cakes

happy tuesday.

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april showers bring may flowers.

and me wishing for sunshine.

[J] finally came home yesterday, after 8 days away on business. we were going to celebrate his return by breaking in our brand new grill. brat night! but mother nature had other ideas. a thunderstorm cancelled our outdoor grilling plans ..& led to take-out taco pizza. while watching [the gorgeous australian] adam scott win the masters.

the next three days aren’t looking too promising for outdoor activities either. sad. eventually.

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today is catch up day; many errands to run. lots of items to check off. and a date night reward for successfully accomplishing all of it.

don’t forget: tomorrow my coffee cake recipe will be on the blog! complete with step by step pictures.

ps – I survived my first coed soccer game on saturday. it felt great to play again. on the other hand, I can barely walk today. ouch.

have a grrreat monday.

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