Blissful Banana Bread

So you will quickly learn that I like to modify every recipe, like every.single.one.  Mainly because I think that my amatuer baking knowledge is better than anything out there (yes, I am delusional) but I also learned while doing some copyright research on recipes that you must change like 2-3 of the ingredients/quantities to call it your own. Although I may be in the right with calling things my own, I’ve learned from spending countless hours reading baking bloggings, you always want to give credit where credit is due so I will always give you the links to where the original recipes came from 🙂

This particular bread came after I made this amazing bread …AMAZING, especially for someone who isn’t the biggest fan of pumpkin, like I didn’t-have-pumpkin pie-on-Thanksgiving-not-big-fan, but the cheesecake part of it more than made up for it!

As I was enjoying this bread I thought, this topping would be so wonderful on top banana bread!
I have so many versions of banana bread that are so great on their own, I went searching for something very simple and after hearing about so many people who use applesauce in their banana bread, I thought I’d give it a go…So I found this recipe and of course changed it a tad.

Blissful Banana Bread
4 ripe bananas
1 cup of brown sugar
½ cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt (I used sea salt)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
Optional:
¾ -1 cup dark chocolate chips

Place 3 bananas in large bowl and mash with electric mixer. Stir in the sugar and let stand 15 minutes. Add the applesauce and eggs and beat well. Beat in the baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla, then gradually beat in the flour, mixing thoroughly. Cut 4th banana into small pieces and gently mix into the batter. Mix in chocolate chips if you chose to do so. Pour into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan that has been coated with nonstick spray.

See additional option below
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before removing from the pan. (I had to cook mine for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Additional Option (do this BEFORE you bake the bread):

Cheesecake top swirl:
8th oz light cream cheese
1 large egg
¼ cup of powdered sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese until smooth, add egg while beating. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Add vanilla extract. Once all ingredients have combined and formed a smooth mixture, pour over banana batter. Swirl into banana bread mixture using a butter knife. Continue with baking instructions above.
Makes 1 loaf.

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