Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Last week, I had a bowl of browning bananas on the kitchen counter staring me in the face. I was about to make my grandma’s banana bread recipe, which is my all-time favorite, but at the last minute decided to try something new. Next to chocolate, banana might be my next preferred ingredient to eat with peanut butter. As a teenager, I would often eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Within the last year, I started eating a banana alongside a scoop of peanut butter for breakfast on mornings when I’m planning on going for a long walk, or to play tennis (obviously, in the summer!). I decided it was high-time that I infused my banana bread with some peanut butter and oh, while I was at it, throw some chocolate in there, too!

Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

This is a very simple quick bread recipe, which consists of whisking the dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another, and then folding them together. It takes less than 10 minutes to get it all mixed together, and then into the oven it goes! One of the things I love so much about baking is how many times the simplest recipes can provide the coziest feelings and warmest memories. Banana bread is high on my list of comfort foods; eating a slice reminds me of sitting around my grandma’s table with family, talking, laughing and forgetting the time.

Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Whether you have fond family memories that revolve around banana bread, or you simply love the combination of banana and peanut butter, this is a banana bread version that you don’t want to skip! You can even play around with the ingredients here – substitute different nut butters, use nuts (or bacon – Elvis!) instead of chocolate chips, or play around with different types chips. The thing I love most about simple, comforting recipes is the ease with which they can be adapted.

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Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

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Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A recipe for an amazing banana bread infused with peanut butter and studded with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 medium bananas, mashed
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup buttermilk
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4-inch loaf pan and then line with parchment paper so that it hangs over the two long sides.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the banana, peanut butter, sugars, buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until completely combined and there are no spots with raw flour. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top into an even layer. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick or thin knife inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. If your bread appears to be browning too quickly, place a tented piece of foil over it (I did this at the 45-minute mark).

6. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. The cooled bread should be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap; it can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Love the addition of buttermilk. Your bread looks so perfect – mine always gets too crispy on the outside and/or sinks in the middle. I’ll have to try out your recipe next time!

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  2. Aikko @ Bake Happy on January 23, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I have tried a version of Peanut Butter-Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips but yours look so well put together! :) I want to try this one! :)

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  3. Priyanka on January 23, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Omigod. Banana bread is my all time favourite thing to make.. but peanut butter and chocolate chips! Gotta try it this weekend..

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  4. zhennie on January 23, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Hi. ..wads e measurement in terms of grams n ml 4 1 cup of ingredient? =)

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    • Michelle on January 24th, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Zhennie, When talking about ingredients and volume measurements (vs liquid), there is no set ounces to grams conversion. 1 cup of flour would be completely different than 1 cup of sugar. I have some basic conversions (as well as links to more comprehensive weight measurements) on this page: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/conversions/

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  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks on January 23, 2013 at 4:24 am

    I just made a new banana bread at the last minute this week too! Blogging about it next week. I love your Grandma’s recipe and although I havent tried it, the pics look like my grandma’s loaves did. I love PB tons, but something about classic banana bread is always just fine too :)

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  6. Robin on January 23, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Yummy! I have brown bananas, chocolate chips and peanut butter in the pantry….and it’s 9 degrees here in eastern PA. This sounds like a winner! Can’t wait to whip some up this morning.

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  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on January 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

    This sounds fabulous! What a great treat!

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  8. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots on January 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I’m with ya there…banana and peanut butter, banana and chocolate…you can’t go wrong! :D I would love a slice of this for breakfast right now!

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  9. Rebekah on January 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Mmmm… I’ve always love peanut butter and banana together – this looks wonderful!

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  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on January 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I appreciate that you made this bread just for me!!! I love it!!!

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  11. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 23, 2013 at 7:55 am

    This is everything I want in life…err…I mean banana bread, lol. Fantastic recipe!!!

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  12. Brittany on January 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Looks perfect for this frigid Pittsburgh day…thank you!!

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  13. Laura Dembowski on January 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

    That looks so comforting. I love the combo of pb and banana too. Those two flavors just go together so well.

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  14. Shaina on January 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

    You have the greatest quick bread recipes. I’ve made your banana nut and apple cinnamon breads and they were so so good! This is definitely one I will have to make very soon! Peanut butter, banana and chocolate chips…no better combination

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  15. Joy from Yesterfood on January 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    This really is genius. I get to make the trip to see my 95 year old dad next week, and I will take a loaf of THIS. He is a peanut butter nut- he will be so happy! THANKS!! :)

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  16. Marcia Drake on January 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a guilty pleasure that I still enjoy now and then. The addition of chocolate chips…yummy! This will be another one of your recipes that I share with my family.

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  17. Marcia Drake on January 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Sorry, just thought of adding that Nutella might be scrumptious too.

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  18. Melissa on January 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Sounds and looks delicious!! I love banana nut bread and make it often so I think I will be making this one this weekend! Thank you! :)

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  19. Nancy P. on January 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I just bought like 3 pounds of bananas that were on the brown side yesterday with thoughts of doing banana bread. Then this popped up today! So excited to give it a try!

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  20. Michael on January 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    And time to let the bananas get brown! Plus, I have peanut butter I need to use up. Oh, this post had perfect timing.

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  21. kristina on January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I’m going to try this too. I have a question, What if I don’t use the buttermilk? What does buttermilk add to a recipe?

    I also love peanut butter. You should try a peanut butter banana smoothie. I use the Stoneyfield Banilla yogurt and put some honey in too. It’s awesome. Plus, the protein from the Peanut butter helps keep you full.

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    • Gayle on January 23rd, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Buttermilk makes the absolute best, moist Banana bread. Huge difference. Try it you’ll love it.

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    • Michelle on January 24th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Kristina, Buttermilk does wonders in things like quick breads, muffins, etc. It gives them a fluffy, moist texture.

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      • danielle on January 25th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        but can it be replaced? i don’t want to buy a jug of buttermilk just for banana bread….

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        • Ted on January 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          Use the rest in buttermilk/spelt flour blueberry pancakes!
          Ic buttermilk, 1c spelt flour, 1tsp baking soda, 3tbsp coconut oil, (Olive oil will work but tastes diferent) 1 egg, enough blueberries.
          Mix the dry stuff, mix the wet stuff then ad to dry stuff. Use about 1/2 per pancake. Flip when top surface loks dull.
          If you still have some buttermilk left, drink it! Yummy! Too sour? Add a bit of maple syruip or honey.

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          • Ted on January 25th, 2013 at 9:17 pm

            Hmmm, not like Facebook is it? Can’t edit after sending. add not ad, 1/2 cup per pancake

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        • Michelle on January 27th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          You can substitute plain yogurt for the buttermilk. If you don’t want to purchase buttermilk for this recipe, I would recommend making your own with regular milk. You can find the instructions on the Substitutions page: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/substitutions/

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    • Sarah on February 16th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      You can make your own buttermilk by adding vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk. Much cheaper than buying a carton of buttermilk. Think it’s like a Tbs of vinegar/lemon to 1 Cup milk. Just let it curdle a bit, mix and use.

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    • audrey on March 18th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Buttermilk adds acid which makes the baking soda react to lighten the bread. Milk and vinegar would also have the same effect on the baking soda.

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  22. Marcie @ Flavor The Moments on January 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I fell in love with peanut butter and banana on toasted whole wheat English muffins about a year and ago when I was craving one after my workout. I now eat it almost every day for lunch — it’s so stick-to-your-ribs satisfying! It goes without saying then, that this bread is right up my alley with one of my favorite flavor combinations. I’ve got something in common with Elvis!

    Almost all of my baked goods have buttermilk in them. It adds moistness and a nice tang. I always have it, and I substitute low fat buttermilk in any recipe that calls for whole milk, sour cream or yogurt and it always comes out great. Thanks for the recipe, Michelle! I’ve got it pinned.

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  23. marie @ little kitchie on January 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I don’t know how I’ve never thought of peanut butter banana bread – makes SO much sense! (I love those sandwiches, too!) This looks delicious!

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  24. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on January 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Gorgeous bread. I love peanut butter in banana bread, and the chocolate chips are a great addition!

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  25. Lu on January 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Oh my God! Your blog is wonderfull! Very beautiful, very good, very delicious!!!! I love it! Bye bye, Lu

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  26. Heather @ Bake, Run, Live on January 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I love adding chocolate chips to my banana bread! The last time I made banana bread, I also added peanut butter into the batter. The flavors work so well together!

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  27. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on January 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t think this could get any better

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  28. Joy @ Baking-Joy on January 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Peanut butter, banana and chocolate…aka the best combination in the world :-)

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  29. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on January 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I love how tall this bread is. I have seen a lot of recipes for banana breads with sunken middle but this one looks perfect! Pinned!

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  30. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe on January 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Bananas + peanut butter + chocolate = magical. Can’t wait to add this recipe to my rotation of banana bread options. I seem to have difficulty eating all of my bananas before they become too ripe to be eaten on their own and always have some brown bananas on hand for baking!

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  31. callie on January 23, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    ok. looks. so. good. Pinned it! Thanks so much !! Can’t wait to try. :)

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  32. Rachel (teacher-chef) on January 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I recently made a Banana Bread with Chocolate & PB Chips – but brought it to a friend without photographing it! I am out of PB Chips, so look forward to trying this version :-)

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  33. Maria on January 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I also have 3 brown bananas on my counter. I was too tired to bake tonight, now I am glad as I will definitely try this recipe. My favorite snack is a banana, a spoon and a jar of peanut butter. Adding chocolate to the combo sounds great!

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  34. Chineka @ Savor The Baking on January 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I love quick breads and the combination of the main ingredients in this one. My favorite ingredients are the chocolate chips. :-)

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  35. Holiday Baker Man on January 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Perfect with hot chocolate this weekend.

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  36. Paula on January 23, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Looks like snack after a “hockey night in Pgh”

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  37. Amanda on January 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I’m excited to try this – buttermilk AND peanut butter!!

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  38. The Food Hound on January 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Oh wow, this is the stuff dreams are made of!! I have a banana-choco chip bread I make, but adding peanut butter is SUCH a fab idea. I bet this batter is delicious, too!!

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  39. Richard on January 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I just found your blog and I totally love it so far. I have a quick question regarding the Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread. Do the bananas have to be brown or can I use ripe yellow bananas? Also what does the tin foil tent look like, do you have a photo I can refer to? Thank you for you reply in advance.

    Best regards,
    Richard

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    • Michelle on January 24th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Richard, The bananas don’t have to be totally brown, but the bread with have the most flavor and be the moistest if you use bananas that are at least speckled with brown spots, as they have ripened. As for the tin foil tent, I don’t have a picture of my own, although you may be able to find one via Google, but you basically just take a piece of foil, fold it in half so it peaks in the middle, and place that over the loaf pan. This is to shield the bread from getting too brown, but the tented peak in the middle keeps the foil from touching the batter.

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  40. Peggy Kemp on January 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I know what I’m making after work tomorrow! Looks awesome!

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  41. Brandi @ new30something on January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Whoa! Sensory overload. This bread looks amazing!

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  42. Tracey on January 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Banana bread with chocolate chips is one of my favorite quick and easy desserts and I just love the addition of the peanut butter here. So much goodness!

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  43. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen on January 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This is comfort food for me!

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  44. Sarah@StrawberryPlum on January 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Wow…I’ve been slathering peanut butter on my banana bread for years and never even thought about baking it right into the bread. I’ll have to give this a whirl!

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    • Katherine Jones on April 14th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Me too! Genius!

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  45. Rebecca on January 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I made this last night and it was another home run. Thank you. As usual, I used a gluten free baking mix called Pamela’s instead of the flour. I also used almond butter. This bread is good enough to be in a bakery even with the substitutions. Thank you again for your yummy taste buds. Easy recipes that I know will taste great

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  46. marla on January 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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  47. Lucia on January 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    It looks delicious, some months ago I did one but I put also orange and nuts…amazing!
    http://bakercat.com/2012/08/01/pan-de-platano-con-nueces-y-con-chocolate-y-con-naranja/

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  48. Niki Baker on January 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I made this the other night and it was sooo good! When my husband tasted it he said “Wow, you can really taste the peanut butter, the bananas and the chocolate”. In my opinion, that sums it up!

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  49. Donna at NothingChocolate on January 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    This looks ultra yummy! Has so many of my favorite flavor combos! Must give it a try. Thanks for posting!

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  50. Mariel W on January 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Just came out of the oven. I’m so excited. Took a long time in the oven, but I’m sure it’s worth every minute. Smells great!

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