Life is too short to constantly restrict yourself. This banana bread is great for a brunch celebration.

Cheesecake filled banana bread

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Cheesecake filled banana bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C Spelt flour (or 1 1/2 C all purpose)
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 stick of butter, softened
  • 3/4 t lemon zest
  • 2 Large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • opt: 1/2 C chopped nuts or 1/4 C chopped apricots, dried
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 3 T flour

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9*5 loaf pan

Whisk together in a small bowl: flour, baking powder, and salt.

Beat in a medium bowl: brown sugar, butter, and lemon zest.

Beat into sugar mixture: eggs and bananas.

Add in the dry ingredients in 3 parts, beating until smooth after each addition.

OPT: you may fold in any optionals at this time.

In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until creamy.

Add in egg and vanilla.

Add in the flour.

Pour 2/3 of the banana bread mixture into the pan.

Evenly distribute the cream cheese mixture into the pan, leaving a gap around the edges.

Pour in the remaining banana bread mixture to cover the cream cheese.

Bake the bread for 1 hour (top will look golden brown)

Notes

* Have all of your ingredients out at room temp Tip: since there is cream cheese filling, this tastes better completely cooled and left in the fridge for an hour.

Secret: you can make this bread without the cream cheese center. You will cook it until a toothpick comes out clean.

Muffins: you could make these as muffins. Oven should be at 325 and put them in for 12 min and check on them every 5 min. They should be golden brown when

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