There are a few absolutes in life:
1. The Olympics bring out a lot of curling enthusiasts every four years.
2. National Drink Wine Day may not go well. Actually, that is an unfair comment on the holiday. National Drink Wine Day will always go well. The day after National Drink Wine Day is where we might run into some problems.
3. Midterm season still sucks when you're 26.
5. Sometimes, life can be a real kick in the nuts. Watching something like The Mindy Project helps.
6. Literally nothing bad has ever come from mixing butter, eggs, sugar, peanut butter and chocolate.
One of the more interesting ways to learn about a person is to figure out their self-soothing rituals. For the bros reading, this means what you do when you're down - for example, play video games until your thumbs ache. (This happens to me every time I get talked into video games - how do you people keep your fingers from hurting? Is it like boxing where you just build up calluses over time? Explain.)
Some drink wine. Some take baths. Some bitch. Some go for runs. Some (cough) do all of the above, but also get baking.
The other day, there were midday snow flurries in Boston. Today, it was around 70 degrees. I don't know, guys. I can't explain the weather. It's really throwing me off my game - I put on a dress today because it was #dressweather (if that hashtag isn't a thing, it should be), and then realized my legs are offensively pale. Do I need a spray tan just to walk around Boston? Unexpectedly stressful.
Anyways, there were flurries. And I had four bananas that I'd forgotten about on the windowsill that were just a little too soft to eat but perfect for baking. As soon as I saw the snow and I saw those bananas and realized I had a mountain of homework to do, I knew I needed to buckle down and do one thing....
....make banana bread.
Except I doctored up a basic banana bread recipe by adding some other stuff I found in my cupboard. Namely, peanut butter and chocolate. You can't go wrong. I think that's a law. And it got a resounding thumbs up from my roommate, so I wrote it all down, and here you go. Just in case you're feeling sad, or you're procrastinating, or you forgot about some bananas. This is sunshine in a loaf:
peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread
adapted from Genius Kitchen
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3-4 bananas, mashed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter, melted
1/2 bag of chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add eggs and bananas, combine. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined. Add vanilla and mix. Gently mix in the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
Melt your peanut butter if not already melted. Drizzle over the top of your batter and, using a butter knife, gently swirl the peanut butter across the top of the batter.
Bake for 55-60 minutes (depends on your oven, the chocolate chips/peanut butter can increase baking time). Eat it all. Or share it. But a warm slice topped with vanilla ice cream is a 10/10 move.