Last night, I went to my first spin class and I not only didn’t die, but I loved it!!!
It was so freaking fun. It was intense but I was looking for that. I loved the music and the instructor. I went with my co-worker Nancy so I had a buddy and wouldn’t chicken out once I got there. I’m glad that I went and stuck it out. I didn’t stop at all for the 45 minutes. Next time I have to work on increasing the resistance more every time the instructor guided up over those ‘mountains’.
The only issue is that it isn’t cheap. Oh dang. But that just means you need to visit my blog A LOT so I can go get some moolah to go to more classes so I can then eat these fun things like this S’mores Banana Bread. ha! But really…
I have an addiction to banana bread. I buy bags and bags of ripe bananas at our local grocery store at a discount. It’s really quiet brilliant. I get tons of bananas at a cheaper price and I don’t have to wait days and days for them to get ripe for banana bread.
And since it’s S’mores Week for Amanda and I, I had to make a version of my favorite banana bread that was s’mores-a-fide.
I really had tons of fun making this banana bread!!
It was all about getting the fun s’mores ingredients IN and ON the banana bread. It’s quite intense, but in a good way.
The trick to this bread is that you need not to freak out when you’re baking it. The marshmallows will get melty, bubbily, and brown while it bakes. They are basically just caramelizing. Super yum. But I’m just clarifying that so you don’t go ‘OMG! It’s all ruined’ and hate me when you are baking it.
I believe that you need to find some balance in your life, and the best way to do it is to eat some of this S’mores Banana Bread and then take a spin class! At least that’s my plan!
Also, tell everyone you know about my blog, so I can get to some more spin classes!!!
S’mores Banana Bread
For the Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 overripe bananas
- 1/2 Cup sugar
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 Cup mini marshmallows
- 3/4 Cup dark chocolate chunks/chips
- 3 1/2 Graham Cracker Crackers, broken into small pieces
For the S’mores Topping
- 1/2 Cup mini marshmallows
- 1/2 Cup dark chocolate chunks/chips
- 1 1/2 Graham Cracker Crackers, broken into small pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan by lightly greasing the surfaces. Lay a piece of parchment in the pan with ‘wings’ hanging out the sides. Then set on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- Put 2 bananas and the sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix together for 3 minutes; you want a light and fluffy banana cream.
- Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract; beat well and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Mix in the dry ingredients until about 50% incorporated.
- Add in the 2 remaining bananas with the mini marshmallows, chocolate, and graham cracker pieces. Mix together until the bananas are broken up and the rest of the ingredients are more incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Give the pan a good rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out. Sprinkle the mini marshmallows, chocolate chunks, and pieces of graham cracker on the top of the bread.
- Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even browning. The top will get all bubbly as the marshmallows melt and get caramelized.
- Cool the bread COMPLETELY in the pan for before removing by picking it up with the parchment paper wings. Slice and enjoy!
Amanda has really brought her A game with this S’mores Fluff. Yep, S’mores Fluff. Marshmallow creme on flek. Let’s pretend I’m not old and have no idea what I’m talking about. Actually, I do know that you have to make this.
And in case you missed our delightful S’mores recipes we have already shared!