This moist chocolate peanut butter banana bread is bursting with peanut butter and rich chocolate flavor. You’ll love this classic flavor combo paired with the natural sweetness of bananas. Start your morning off right with a slice of banana bread or eat the whole loaf in one sitting. You’ll soon find yourself making this again and again.
Everyone loves good moist banana bread, even my mom, who hates all things bananas. One of the things I love about a good banana bread recipe is how easy it is to make. Mix a few ingredients, bake it, and serve it for breakfast, on a breakfast board, or as a snack.
Everyone has their go-to banana bread recipe that they think is the best banana bread, myself included. I am willing to bet you don’t have a go-to chocolate peanut butter banana bread recipe, and you really should.
This delicious peanut butter banana bread brings your regular banana bread to a whole new level. It’s a perfectly balanced quick bread that’s absolutely delicious with just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter.
It’s great for chocolate, peanut butter, or banana lovers alike.
Next time you are looking to mix up your breakfast routine give this easy banana bread recipe a try. You’ll find yourself loving the moist crumbs, natural peanut butter flavor, and chocolatey base.
You may not ever go back to your standard banana bread with chocolate chips after trying the best peanut banana bread ever!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Simple ingredients – everything you need to make this you most likely already have in your pantry. The only thing you might need to get is buttermilk or peanut butter chips which can easily be found at any grocery store.
- Family-friendly – my kids like banana bread, but they love this chocolate peanut butter banana bread even more. Takes banana bread to a whole new delicious level.
- Full of flavor – depending on how ripe your bananas are traditional banana bread can sometimes fall flat in terms of flavor. This bread is always full of delicious chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
- Creamy peanut butter – you can substitute this for any other kind of nut butter you want. Works well with crunchy peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, and cookie butter.
- Peanut butter chips – these can be substituted for chocolate chips or nuts depending on taste preference.
- Buttermilk – you can make your own using milk and lemon if you would rather.
- Bananas – to get the best banana flavor you are going to want spotty overripe bananas.
How to make chocolate peanut butter banana bread
Quick bread recipes are my favorite to make because they are quick. A few simple steps and it’s in the oven baking. No need to mess with kneading or rise times.
This recipe is easy to follow and takes me less than twenty minutes to get in the oven. To help you keep on track, I included instructions with step-by-step pictures to answer any questions along the way.
1 – Make the Crumble
Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan using non-stick cooking spray. You can cut out parchment paper to fit your pan as well but I would still grease the sides of the pan so they don’t stick.
Make the crumble by creaming together all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
You can also use a hand mixer or do it by hand if you prefer. Mix until smooth. Set aside while you make the batter.
2 – Make the Batter
Begin by whisking together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside while you mix wet ingredients.
Cream room temperature butter with granulated sugar until smooth. Add in egg and mix for one minute or until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once while it is mixing to ensure it is evenly mixed.
Next, add the vanilla extract and mashed bananas. Mix until fully incorporated. Slowly add in buttermilk and mix until just combined.
Once all the wet ingredients are mixed add the flour mixture in small portions until fully combined. You don’t want to overmix this part.
Once all the wet ingredients are mixed, add the flour mixture in small portions until fully combined. You don’t want to overmix this part.
Fold in the peanut butter chips with a rubber spatula. Again, be careful not to over-mix the batter.
3 – Prepare to Bake
Pour batter into the prepared pan, making sure the batter is evenly spread with a spatula.
Spread the prepared crumble evenly over the top of the bread.
4 – Bake And Serve!
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the bread.
Allow bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife carefully around the edges of the bread then transfer from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the bread is cooled completely, slice into thick slices. Enjoy warm or at room temperature and wash it down with a glass of nice cold milk!
Expert Tips And Storage Info
Increase the baking time a few minutes at a time if the center of the loaf is still a bit gooey.
You can replace peanut butter completely in the recipe by swapping out the peanut butter chips for another chip and using 2 Tbs regular butter instead of 1 Tbs peanut butter in the crumble.
If you use unsalted butter for the batter you need to add 1/2 tsp of salt to the flour mixture to keep the bread from being too sweet.
Bread can be stored for up to three days in an airtight container at room temperature or seven days in the fridge.
Freeze bread for up to three months, simply pull it out to unthaw it a few hours before you want to eat it.
Yes! You can substitute it with your favorite nut butter or omit it completely. If you omit the peanut butter completely, use 2 Tbs butter instead in the crumble.
Sure! You can easily replace the all-purpose flour with your favorite gluten-free substitute. Just know the texture will be a little different, but it should still be tasty.
I recommend that the bananas actually be overripe, just just ripe, to make this bread. Overripe bananas have a stronger, sweeter flavor, than just normal ripe bananas. They also are much easier to mash than ripe bananas. So while you can use ripe bananas, overripe bananas are actually the preferred ingredient for this peanut butter banana bread.
More Easy Bread Recipes
If you like quick breads, try one of these delicious bread recipes next!
- Pineapple bread – this delicious pineapple quick bread is full of tropical flavor!
- Cinnamon swirl bread – a super moist quick bread with swirls of cinnamon sugar inside!
- Cranberry orange bread – the best cranberry orange bread you’ll ever try, perfect for the holidays!
- Ice cream bread – a non-traditional two ingredient bread that seems like it should be sweet, but it’s not!
- Lemon poppy seed bread – a quick and easy bread full of lemon flavor and topped with a sweet glaze!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Peanut Butter Crumble
- 3 TBS granulated sugar
- 2 TBS all-purpose flour
- 1 TBS salted butter (softened)
- 1 TBS creamy peanut butter
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 6 TBS salted butter (softened)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 medium overripe bananas (80z/230g)
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Cream together all the ingredients for the crumble until it is smooth.3 TBS granulated sugar, 2 TBS all-purpose flour, 1 TBS salted butter, 1 TBS creamy peanut butter
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa, and baking soda for the batter and set it aside.1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking soda
- Cream butter and sugar together until smooth, then add the egg and beat for about 1 minute, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then mix until light and fluffy.6 TBS salted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg
- Add vanilla, mashed bananas, mix and then slowly add the buttermilk and mix until combined.1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 medium overripe bananas
- Add dry ingredients a little at a time and mix well, then fold in the peanut butter chips.1 cup peanut butter chips
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with the crumble mixture.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
- Allow bread to cool in the pan for about 15 minutes, then carefully run a knife around the sides of the loaf pan and turn loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely.