This chocolate peanut butter banana bread has double the peanut butter flavor. Peanut butter powder is mixed right into the batter and creamy peanut butter is swirled into the top.
Do we need another banana bread recipe? I’m firmly in the camp that I can never have too many. Back when I was testing so many versions of banana bread to create my go-to weeknight recipe, occasionally I had a bit of mission creep and tried some variations. Most all of them were good (it was banana bread after all), but the combination that I kept thinking about long after was this chocolate and peanut butter combination.
There’s a little secret to the big peanut butter flavor in this banana bread. It comes from powdered peanut butter. Do you use this ingredient? Over the years it has become an absolute staple here. We started out using it in smoothies, but now it goes into energy bites, oatmeal, and many different baked goods. Peanut butter powder has less calories than regular peanut butter but it also has a more concentrated flavor. Bonus that it’s got lots of protein too!
In banana bread, powdered peanut butter not only gives the entire loaf of bread peanut butter flavor but the natural proteins help the bread to set up and stay tender. And the banana bread has chocolate too…did I mention that? Here’s how to make it.
- Unsalted Butter – As with my go-to Weeknight Banana Bread, this one starts with melted butter. Melted butter produces a bread that is tender and a bit springy. No waiting for butter to soften here! If using salted butter, just skip the added salt in the recipe.
- Mashed Banana – Measure the bananas by volume if possible, but it doesn’t need to be exact. You should need about 2 bananas that are very ripe – dark brown / black in spots.
- Peanut Butter Powder – This powder is made from peanuts that have been dehydrated and finely ground. It adds a lot of peanut butter flavor (and protein!) to baked goods. I find PB2 brand at most grocery stores, but also like the Trader Joe’s brand (sold near the oatmeal). You can also find it on Amazon here.
- Chopped Chocolate or Chocolate Chips – I love a chopped dark chocolate bar in this bread, but semi-sweet chocolate chips will work just fine.
- Creamy Peanut Butter – In addition to the peanut butter powder in the batter, swirl creamy peanut butter into the top of the bread. Not only is it beautiful but it gives the bread extra peanut butter flavor.
- Light Brown Sugar, Eggs, Vanilla, All-Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Salt – Standard baking ingredients.
More Peanut Butter Recipes
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bars
- Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pie
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Oat Smoothie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter (Buckeye) Brownies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- Chocolate-Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Cake
- Simple Thai Peanut Noodles
- Thai Noodle Mason Jars with Peanut Dressing
- Thai Chopped Chicken Salad with Peanut Vinaigrette
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- Loaf Pan
- Mixing Bowls
- Cooling Rack
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter, melted (8 Tbsp)
- 1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (237 mL) (about 2 medium)
- 1 1/4 cup lightly packed Light Brown Sugar (250 g)
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour (231 g)
- 1/3 cup Peanut Butter Powder (see note)
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips or 4 oz chopped Dark Chocolate (plus extra for topping)
- 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- Preheat oven to 325°F / 163°C.
- Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, mashed banana, and brown sugar until evenly combined (it will be slightly lumpy). Whisk in eggs and vanilla.
- In a second bowl, whisk together flour, peanut butter powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Pour dry ingredients over wet and stir just until no dry spots remain.
- Stir chocolate chips into batter.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Spoon peanut butter over the top of the batter. Using a knife, draw swirls through the peanut butter so that it blends into the batter. Scatter a few chocolate chips on top.
- Bake bread until the center is set, 60 to 70 minutes.
- Allow to cool before slicing and serving.
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