Butter: this bread starts with a bit of unsalted melted butter.
Peanut Butter: to get that delicious peanut butter flavor you’ll need some creamy all-natural peanut butter.
Banana: be sure to use spotty, brown ripe bananas for this banana bread for the best flavor. You’ll need 3-4 extra ripe bananas for this recipe.
Brown Sugar: we’re using a bit of dark brown sugar to give the banana bread some sweetness.
Eggs: you’ll need just two large eggs eggs to help bind the bread together.
Vanilla Extract: you can’t have banana bread without a good amount of vanilla extract.
All-Purpose Flour: this recipe calls for regular all-purpose. If you need a gluten free substitution I’ve included that below.
Baking Soda: you’ll need a bit of baking soda to work as a leavening agent and give the bread some lift.
Cinnamon: all good banana breads need plenty of ground cinnamon, in my personal opinion.
Dark Chocolate Chips: peanut butter, chocolate, and banana seems like the perfect combination so we’re adding.a generous handful to this bread.
Butter – need to keep this recipe dairy free? swap the butter melted coconut oil or unsweetened apple sauce.
Flour – you can swap the all-purpose flour for a 1:1 gluten free all purpose flour such as Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour. Substituting almond flour or coconut flour for all purpose flour in this recipe will not work.
Brown Sugar – if you prefer you can swap the brown sugar for coconut sugar. I don’t recommend using a liquid sweetener like honey or maple syrup as it will change the texture of the bread.
Mix-Ins – if you prefer, you can leave out the dark chocolate chips altogether, swap them for milk chocolate, or add in some chopped nuts.
Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
Step Two: Add the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
Step Three: In a separate mixing bowl add the melted butter, mashed banana, peanut butter, dark brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined.
Step Four: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir until well combined.
Step Five: Fold in the chocolate chips.
Step Six: Transfer the batter to a prepared 9×5 loaf pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top.
Step Seven: Bake the banana bread at 350 degrees for 50-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step Eight: Let the bread cool in the pan, on a wire rack, before removing it from the pan and slicing.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Bread
Be sure to use fresh baking soda to ensure that your bread rises properly.
To prevent sticking, line your loaf pan with parchment paper before adding the batter. You can use a bit of spray oil to help the parchment paper stick to the loaf pan. Using parchment will also make it easier to remove the bread from the pan.
I like to turn the bread halfway through cooking to ensure that it cooks evenly.
You can insert a WOODEN SKEWER into the center of the bread to check on its doneness. Once it comes out clean the bread should be done.
Can I Bake This Peanut Butter Bread Loaf Into Muffins?
Yes! Transfer the banana bread batter to a lined muffin pan. Next, bake the muffins for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
How to Store
You can store the banana bread on the counter, tightly wrapped, for 3-4 days. If you need it to keep the bread fresh for a bit longer, I recommend storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
How to Freeze
Yes! If you want to freeze your peanut butter banana bread, here are a few of my favorite tips.
Slice the bread before freezing unless you know you are going to serve and eat the entire loaf at one time.
To freeze the banana bread, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place the wrapped bread in a freezer safe storage bag. When you are ready to eat, remove a slice of bread, or the entire loaf, from the freezer and let it thaw on the counter top.
If you would like, you can reheat a slice of banana bread in the oven at 350 degrees, wrapped in foil, for a few minutes until warmed through.
I hope you give this Peanut Butter Banana Bread a try! They are so easy to make and delicious! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know!
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