Peanut Butter Banana Bread is a peanut butter lover’s dream! Soft, fluffy, and studded with chocolate chips in every bite, it’s the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert. Made with simple ingredients, it’s unbelievably moist and full of flavor, making it guaranteed to disappear fast.
If you didn’t already know, we’re huge fans of peanut butter! In fact, we incorporate it into recipes as often as we can with treats like our Chocolate Covered Dates with Peanut Butter, Soft Peanut Butter Cookies, and these Reese’s Peanut Butter Blondies.
Naturally, it was only a matter of time before we incorporated it into our favorite baked good – banana bread. Oh my gosh you guys, it’s SO good! Seriously, this peanut butter banana bread might be our new all-time favorite recipe. One bite, and you’ll go bananas. Get it?
In all seriousness, it’s soft, fluffy, and loaded with sweet flavors and chocolate chips in every bite for a recipe for the whole family will love!
Why You’ll Love This Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- It comes together with just 11 simple, budget-friendly ingredients.
- You can prepare the batter in minutes with just a couple of bowls.
- The bread bakes in just about an hour.
- It’s extra soft and moist and full of chocolate chips in every bite.
Ingredients You’ll Need
We took our classic banana bread recipe up a notch with a few extra ingredients to make it even more incredible. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Bananas – 3 medium-sized bananas are needed for this chocolate chip peanut butter banana bread recipe. The riper they are, the easier the ingredients will mix and the sweeter your bread will taste!
- Butter – Using melted unsalted butter helps create a spongy texture with just a slight crumble. If salted butter is all you have, it can be used, too. Just adjust the amount of extra salt included accordingly.
- Sugar – Regular granulated sugar helps sweeten the mixture.
- Eggs – Large eggs are necessary to help the bread hold its shape.
- Baking Staples – Vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt help enhance the flavor and contribute to the fluffy texture.
- Greek Yogurt – Not found in your standard banana bread recipe, this is our secret weapon to creating an extra moist texture and creating a slightly tangy taste.
- Peanut Butter – The star ingredient in this peanut butter banana bread recipe! We recommend using a natural, creamy variety for easy mixing and a bold taste.
- Flour – Regular all-purpose flour forms the base of the batter. If needed, you could swap it out for a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose alternative.
- Chocolate Chunks – We love to incorporate semi-sweet chocolate chunks for bigger bites of sweet chocolate in each piece. If preferred, dark chocolate chunks would taste great, too.
How to Make Easy Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Although rich in flavor, this banana bread with peanut butter is super easy to prepare. All you’ll need are two large bowls and a loaf pan!
- Prepare. To begin, preheat your oven, and grease a loaf pan well.
- Mash. Peel the bananas, and add them to a large mixing bowl. Using a fork or a wire masher, smash them down until they’re smooth and creamy.
- Whisk. In a separate bowl, add the melted butter and sugar. Whisk until smooth. Then, add the eggs and vanilla, and whisk again.
- Combine. Add the salt, yogurt, bananas, baking soda, and peanut butter to the bowl. Gently mix until combined. Next, add the flour, and stir just until it’s well incorporated and no streaks remain.
- Fold. Gently fold in ½ the chocolate chips, disbursing them evenly throughout the batter.
- Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top. Place the pan in the oven until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and comes out clean.
- Cool. Allow the banana bread with peanut butter to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely, and enjoy!
- Use Overripe Bananas. The browner the bananas, the better! As they ripen, they become extra soft and sweet. As a result, your peanut butter banana bread recipe will have lots of flavor without the need for tons of added sugar.
- Use Fresh Baking Soda. Baking soda that is newer than 3 months old will result in the fluffiest bread and best texture.
- Avoid Overmixing. Like most dessert recipes, you want to avoid overmixing your banana bread batter. As soon as the ingredients are well combined and no clumps remain, it’s ready to bake. Continuing to mix will only overwork the dough, creating a dense, tough loaf of banana bread.
- Don’t Overbake. Keep a close eye on your bread in the oven, and remove it as soon as it’s light golden brown in color and a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean or with just a few crumbs.
- Cool Completely. It’s tempting to dig in right away, but trust us. It’s worth the wait! Not only does letting your peanut butter banana bread cool ensure it holds together, but it also helps enhance the peanut butter flavor.
How to Store
Leftover homemade peanut butter will stay fresh at room temperature for up to 3 days when covered in plastic wrap or transferred to an airithgt container.
Or, for a longer-lasting option, let it cool completely, wrap it in plastic, and transfer it to a sealable freezer bag. It will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 1 month. To serve, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, slice, and enjoy.
Of course, this peanut butter banana bread is scrumptious on its own warm, cold, or at room temperature. However, we like to be a little extra and add a smear of butter or extra peanut butter. You could also add a smear of peanut butter icing for a peanut butter-loaded dessert!
Common Questions About Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Yes! Grease a muffin pan or add muffin liners, and fill each cup about ⅓ of the way through. Then, the pan in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the muffins are fluffy and a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean. Or, just make our easy chocolate chip banana bread muffins instead!
Yes, if needed, any other nut or seed butter like almond butter, cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or tahini can be used. Just note that the taste of your bread will change depending on what you use.
Absolutely! If you want a little extra crunch, feel free to add chopped nuts like peanuts, almonds, walnuts, or pecans into the batter with the chocolate chunks.
More Banana Bread Recipes
If you enjoy this chocolate chip peanut butter banana bread, you won’t want to miss out on more of our favorite banana bread recipes below!
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Tahini Banana Bread
- Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread
- Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe
- 3 medium bananas (very ripe)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (room temperature)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks (divided)
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the peeled bananas. Using a fork or a wire masher, smash them until smooth and creamy.
- In a separate large bowl, add the melted butter and sugar. Whisk to combine.
- In the same bowl, add the eggs and vanilla, and whisk again. Add the salt, yogurt, mashed bananas, baking soda, and peanut butter. Stir to combine.
- Add the flour, and mix just until combined and smooth. Do not overmix!
- Fold in ½ cup of chocolate chunks.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chunks on top.
- Bake 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring the peanut butter banana bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 3 days.