This peanut butter banana bread is the ultimate recipe for peanut butter lovers. It has all the qualities of the beloved classic; it's moist, fluffy, and infused with sweet banana flavor. The added irresistible combination of nutty peanut butter and decadent chocolate chips takes this quick bread to a whole new delicious level. You'll go bananas for it!

If you love peanut butter baking recipes, also try these chewy peanut butter cookies, peanut butter brownies, or peanut butter rice crispy squares.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread in a loaf pan

Why you'll love this

The world doesn't need just another banana bread recipe, it needs this peanut butter banana bread recipe. It's the ultimate decadent healthier snack or breakfast on the go for anyone who loves the toothsome texture of banana bread combined with the nutty taste of peanuts and rich chocolate. It's a quick bread so it's simple to make and will put those spotty overripe bananas to good use. It won't last long so make a double batch to freeze and enjoy later or share with a friend.

If you love a bit of butter on your banana bread, try it with this homemade butter.

How to make peanut butter banana bread

This recipe is really simple to make by following a few easy steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare the loaf pan. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and add the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir to combine, but don't over-mix! Fold in the chocolate chips and peanuts.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes, checking at the 45 minute mark. It will be hard, but allow the peanut butter banana bread to cool completely in the loaf pan before removing it, then slice, and enjoy!

The full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.

the ingredients needed to make Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Ingredients

This banana bread uses mostly pantry ingredients and might even save you a trip to the grocery store:

  • All-purpose flour – or use your favorite gluten free alternative.
  • Granulated sugar + light brown sugar – much of the sweetness will come from the bananas but combine ½ cup of each of these two for best results.
  • Baking soda – helps the bead rise.
  • Sea salt – brings out the other flavours in the loaf.
  • Ripe bananas – the spottier the better! Large, overripe (spotty) bananas will add natural sweetness and flavor.
  • Eggs – large eggs at room temperature work best.
  • Melted butter – gives a richness and makes this bread wonderfully moist.
  • Natural peanut butter – this is the star ingredient adding a nutty taste and extra moisture.
  • Chocolate chips – semi-sweet chocolate chips are slightly bitter for a nice balanced taste.
  • Peanuts – roasted unsalted peanuts on top add a delicious crunch.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread slices

Peanut Butter Banana Bread: FAQs

What kind of flour can I use in place of all-purpose flour?

This recipe was tested using regular all-purpose flour. Other flours like whole wheat flour are drier and absorb more moisture, which could yield a drier loaf.

Can I make this using gluten-free flour?

An all-purpose gluten-free flour blend can work but hasn't been tested for this recipe.

Can I substitute the sugars?

In a pinch! You could use either just granulated sugar or light brown sugar. The combination of the two works best for this recipe.

Can I use any nut butter?

Peanut butter is the star ingredient in this recipe but any creamy natural nut butter like almond, cashew, hazelnut would yield a similar loaf with a slightly different flavor.

What kind of chocolate chips work best?

Semi-sweet chocolate chips will offer a bit of bitterness and balance out the sweetness. Feel free to use any variety like mini chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or a chopped-up chocolate bar which would all be delicious.

How long does it keep for?

Banana bread keeps for up to 4 days wrapped or in an air-tight container on the counter.

Can I freeze it?

Absolutely! Either freeze it whole or slice it before freezing it and place some parchment paper between the slices to prevent them from sticking together. It will keep tightly wrapped in the freezer for about 3 months.

Enjoy a slice of this comforting banana bread with a warm drink like our super creamy almond butter latte or spicy Aztec hot chocolate.

slices of warm Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread in a loaf pan

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

This peanut butter banana bread is the ultimate recipe for peanut butter lovers. It has all the qualities of the beloved classic; it's moist, fluffy, and infused with sweet banana flavor. The added irresistible combination of nutty peanut butter and decadent chocolate chips takes this quick bread to a whole new delicious level. You'll go bananas for it!

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Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup melted butter, cooled slightly
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 5×9 loaf pan with butter. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, both sugars, baking soda, and salt.
    1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon sea salt
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  • Mash the bananas in a large bowl then mix in the eggs, melted butter, and peanut butter.
    3 large ripe bananas, 2 large eggs, ½ cup melted butter, ½ cup natural peanut butter
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  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until almost combined. If using, add the chocolate dips and peanut and fold them into the batter.
    1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
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  • Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan then bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Check the loaf after 45 minutes and tent it with foil if it's getting too brown on the top. Let the banana bread cool completely before removing it from the pan.
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Serving: 1 slice, Calories: 434kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 326mg, Potassium: 330mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 303IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg
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