I’ve always wanted to make a banana flavored peanut butter. It’s no secret bananas and peanut butter go well together. But one of the problems of a banana flavored peanut butter has always been that bananas just don’t last once you peel them. What you need is a shelf-stable banana—something like banana chips!
This was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. Both the banana chips and the peanuts pureed quickly. The flavor isn’t quite as banana-y as if you took a banana and mixed it up with some peanut butter, but for the convenience of having this in your pantry and ready to eat with a spoon at any time it’s plenty delicious.
After I made these I found out banana extract exists. If you can track that down in a local store, I would suggest using that in place of the vanilla extract. If not, don’t worry; the vanilla adds a subtle flavor that only enhances the banana without drawing too much attention to itself.
Banana Peanut Butter
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Ingredients(Makes about 1lb 2 ounces):
- 1 cup banana chips
- 1-2 Tablespoons oil
- 3 cups roasted peanuts
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Blend the banana chips in a food processor until they turn into a smooth puree. Slowly add in small amounts of oil to help them move along.
- Once the chips are pulverized, add in the peanuts, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and continue blending for 5-10 minutes until it forms a butter-like texture.
- Add in extra crushed peanuts or banana chips if desired and fold them in.
- Move the peanut butter into a sealable jar. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
If you’re thinking this would be good on banana bread, I’m right there with you.