Banana Walnut Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Jelly Topping

I’m always looking for ways to incorporate pb&j into my diet. I usually top my ice cream with it,  *fricken YUM on cookies and cream*, but sometimes, I don’t let the dairy hold me back from claiming what is rightfully mine. + Who needs the carbs? (I do..)

This recipe is very straightforward. If you’ve made banana bread before, that’s most of the battle. And if you haven’t, you should because banana bread is superbly easy. And nutritious kind of!

The cupcake base does come out muffin-like, but you can balance the sweetness with how much frosting and jelly you choose to layer on. They almost pose as breakfast snacks (almost, depending on if you’re single or have a family to feed). Also, the frosting is perfectly peanut buttery, not too sweet or oily.

Banana Walnut Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Jelly Topping

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Makes 12 cupcakes, or 36 mini

1 cup flour
2 bananas (mashed)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup walnuts (in small pieces)
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt

Cream butter and sugars, add mashed bananas. Add eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in yogurt. Add walnuts.

Scoop into 12 cupcake papers and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean—20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

PB Frosting *all ingredients at room temperature to get the best consistency*

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy PB
3 Tbsp milk, or as needed
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Dash of salt

Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar and salt, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.

Add a dollop of jam (I prefer strawberry) and a sprinkling of nuts, i.e. peanuts or walnuts, to the tops.

Et ce sont finis!

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