Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 55 mins

This Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread is in a league of its own! Loaded with rich chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter, with a supremely soft and velvety texture. Make this quick bread for an easy breakfast, or turn it into muffins!

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Sliced Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Moist & Fluffy Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

This quick bread recipe brings together one of my most cherished flavor combinations: chocolate and banana. And if there was ever a way to make banana and chocolate taste even better, it’s to add peanut butter!

I took a classic banana bread recipe that I’ve been making for years and decided I’d change it up to something a little different. Can I just say, this peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread is ah-mazing! Everyone loves this version. It’s so incredibly moist, fluffy, and full of rich peanut butter flavor. 

You can make this bread as one wonderful loaf, and even as muffins to enjoy for breakfast or as a sweet snack with coffee or tea.

Why Add Peanut Butter to Banana Bread? 

Peanut butter just does so many things for this recipe! Creamy peanut butter adds a delicious richness and a good boost of protein. Plus, it gives this banana bread an unbelievably soft, velvety texture. You need to try it!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread in a loaf pan

What You’ll Need

This is the time for those overripe bananas to shine! Easy ingredients make this the perfect banana bread to whip up on a weekend morning. Here’s the list of what you’ll need:

  • Bananas: Over ripe bananas are best as you’ll be mashing them. Banana bread is the perfect opportunity to use up any brown bananas in your fruit bowl!
  • Chocolate Chips: Semi sweet chocolate chips, or dark chocolate chips if you prefer.
  • Peanut Butter: Make sure it’s the creamy kind, and not crunchy.
  • All-Purpose Flour: For the most consistent results when baking. However, if you’re aiming for something a bit healthier, you can use whole wheat flour instead.
  • Cinnamon: A hint of warm spice goes a long way with this bread recipe!
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract for the most authentic and natural vanilla flavor.
  • Baking Soda & Baking Powder: For leavening.
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Egg
  • Sugar
  • Salt
Sliced Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

First, you’ll need to grease or line your loaf pan while the oven preheats. I like to line a loaf pan with parchment paper so the bread can be easily lifted out after it’s cooled. (It also makes cleaning up that much quicker!). If you’re making banana muffins instead, get your muffin tin lined and ready.

Combine the Dry Ingredients: Mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Mix the Wet Ingredients: Mash the bananas and then combine them with the wet ingredients, including the peanut butter and egg. Next, stir in the oil and vanilla extract.

Combine to Make the Batter: Once the wet ingredients are thoroughly mixed, slowly mix in the dry ingredients until everything is just combined. Be careful to not over-mix! Then, fold the chocolate chips into the batter.

Bake: Pour the batter into your loaf pan or muffin tins. Depending on which option you’ve chosen, the baking times will vary. So be sure to check the recipe card below! Both the loaf and muffins are done when you can insert a toothpick into the center that comes out mostly clean.

Tips for Success

  • If Your Banana Bread Is Dry: If your loaf comes out drier than expected, this could be a result of batter that was over-mixed! Other reasons could be that it was in the oven too long, the bananas you used were under-ripe, or because the bread was sliced before it was completely cool. 
  • If The Top of the Bread Cracks: This is normal! A crack forming along the top of the bread is a result of the baking process and is common for quick bread.
  • Can I Use Black Bananas?: To an extent, yes. Aim for bananas that are brown or slightly blackened. One way to check if your bananas are past their prime (even for banana bread) is to peel and give them a sniff. If the smell isn’t banana, they likely won’t make very nice bread.
  • Tips for Serving: This banana bread is delicious on its own, or you can give the slices a smear of butter, or a drizzle with honey or maple syrup. We even made a few slices into French toast one morning and the outcome was glorious!

Add-In Ideas

If you’re as much of a quick bread enthusiast as I am, you know that the possibilities for add-ins are nearly limitless! Here are some add-in suggestions you can try instead of (or in addition to) the chocolate chips in this recipe:

  • Chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans, or macadamias
  • Dried fruit such as craisins or raisins
  • Extra spices like nutmeg or allspice
  • White chocolate chips
  • Bacon pieces (trust me, with the peanut butter, it works!)

How to Store Homemade Banana Bread

Keep your banana bread extra moist by storing it airtight in a resealable bag, or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap inside a container. Store it at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Does This Freeze Well?

This banana bread freezes exceptionally well! Either the whole loaf or individual slices can be kept frozen for up to a month, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap plus an extra layer of aluminum foil. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

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Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

This easy banana bread recipe is even better than classic banana bread because it's loaded with chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter! Enjoy it as a breakfast loaf or made into muffins!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 8 inch loaf pan with butter (you can also line with parchment paper like I did in the photo - this makes it easy to lift out!). For muffins: line muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat bananas, sugar, peanut butter and egg - until well combined. Add vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

For muffins: Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs sticking too it.

For bread: Pour into a lined loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs sticking too it.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

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Comments

26 Responses
  1. LORRIE CAREY

    Second time to make these muffins. First time yummy, second time I added 1/2 cup chopped pecans – even yummier! I use natural peanut butter for no added sugar. Need to come up with a natural alternative to sugar; maybe honey?

  2. Diane Spencer

    This recipe sounds absolutely delicious and I always have some frozen bananas just waiting to be used in baking. We especially buy lots of bananas in the winter, mainly because if we eat lots of bananas in the summer, mosquitoes from hundreds of miles around tend to fly to our yard to enjoy our potassium rich blood 🙁

  3. Kelly

    Eagerly awaiting these out of the oven. Upped the PB a little because I just love PB and then adjusted the oil down accordingly. I can’t wait for my daughter to come through the door and smell these fresh from the oven. Thank you so much! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

  4. Pam

    Hi! I just wanted to thank you for the recipe. I tried it this sunday and it’s already gone, my family loved it! Soooo good!

  5. Nancy

    Hi there, just wanted to let you know that this recipe was a knockout on the first try! I was really impressed. I used 2 small bananas so the banana flavor was subtle. Next time I’ll use 3. I also received a request from my husband to add more PB next time! Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  6. Abby

    Wow. I’m in love with these!! I just made a batch of muffins because I figured it would be good portion control…that was plan A. However, after immediately eating 3 MUFFINS IN A ROW, I moved to plan B: give these delicious things to the neighbors and spread the wealth! Absolutely delicious! Definitely going to make these again!

  7. ErinsFoodFiles

    This looks great! I like that this recipe calls for 2 bananas. The last banana bread recipe I read called for 6! I never seem to have THAT many ripe bananas laying around, but will sometimes have 2.

  8. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I do the same thing and buy way to many bananas and then go, Crap – Now I have to Make Banana Bread!…and then realize OH WAIt – Banana Bread is AWESOME! Problem solved.
    And why has it never dawned on me to add PB? *head slap*

  9. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Peanut butter and chocolate are great additions to banana bread! Perfect way to use up those old bananas that go to waste on my counter!

  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    What a perfect way to use up those lingering bananas! I used to buy huge bushels too but I finally had to stop because all of them were going to waste. I was too lazy to make banana bread.

  11. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Ha!! Too funny–I’m always asking Connor why he bought enough bananas to feed a small army. Seriously, there are only so many bananas I can eat in a week (and I like bananas, too).

    But I could definitely make room for several slices of this bread! 🙂

  12. Erin R.

    I have been known to make a meal out of a banana with a tiny dab of peanut butter spread on each bite. So, I think you have done the right thing here.

    My husb has been really into muffins lately so maybe I’ll lay these on him when my bananas turn brown. Looks delicious in the photo. Thanks!

  13. Beth @ bethcakes

    I love that you put peanut butter in this banana bread! Those three flavors are such a perfect combo! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 🙂

  14. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen

    WOW! This looks amazing! It just so happens I have two bananas ready to be put in banana bread! I can’t wait to make this! Banana, Peanut Butter and Chocolate seem to be the perfect combination!

  15. Tieghan

    Ok, it is a fact in my brain that bananas and chocolate MUST be paired together! This bread looks awesome and I am kind of in love with it!

  16. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Haha I have the same problem that Spiffy Cookie does, but either way this bread is definitely appearing in my near future. YUM!

  17. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I have the opposite problem. I eat all my bananas when I should’ve saved some to bake with. Love this bread and all the flavors.

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