Peanut Butter Banana Bread is the most tender, moist banana bread infused with savory peanut butter and, of course, the option to top it with sweet chocolate chips and sea salt flakes! What goes better with peanut butter than bananas or chocolate?!
This Peanut Butter Banana Bread is about to be the best bread you've ever had in your whole dang life.
Melt in your mouth, moist banana bread laced with creamy delicious peanut butter is amazing, but let's take it to the next level. We're going to top it with chocolate chips and sea salt flakes and call it a day because we just won bread.
Why I Love Banana Peanut Butter Loaf
I feel like bananas are a lot like avocados. They're not ripe for like 337 days and then you take a shower and they've browned on the kitchen counter.
Luckily for us, we get to reap the benefits.
Get those gross bananas ready. No need to be disappointed you forgot to eat them. Of course, you could always put them in a smoothie or make muffins, but Peanut Butter Banana Bread is a waaaay better idea.
Ingredients and Substitutions
I love recipes that use pretty much mostly pantry ingredients, and this is exactly what this recipe needs. If you want to make this into a gluten-free Peanut Butter Banana Bread then you can simply swap the regular flour for gluten-free at 1:1 ratio. Other than that, I would stick to the ingredients I mentioned, I haven't tried making it many other ways because it just tastes soo damn good as it is!!
One way I do like to customize this bread each time is with my toppings! Other toppings that I have tried and loved besides chocolate chips is peanut butter drizzle, banana sliced in half lengthwise, chocolate chips and sea salt flakes!
If you come up with any fun and unique topping ideas, please let me know in the comments below ↓ ↓ ↓
How to Make the Best Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Salted Chocolate Chips
Once it's finished baking, let that moist peanut butter banana bread cool, slice it up and enjoy with an indulgent amount of butter or as is!
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Beat the butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in the brown sugar and bananas until mashed. Then the remaining wet ingredients, beating the eggs in one at a time and scraping the bowl when needed.
Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Don't overmix!
Transfer the batter to a greased or parchment paper lined loaf pan.
Optional: top with chocolate chips, sliced bananas, peanut butter drizzle, or sea salt flakes. Tent with foil and bake in a preheated 350°F oven on the lower third rack for 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes.
Check the doneness of the banana bread with a toothpick (or skewer). If it comes out with a little crumb or clean, the bread is done. Let it cool for about 5-10 minutes before slicing.
Hint: Make sure you mix your dry ingredients separately first! I know, ugh, another dirty dish, but the key to making this peanut butter banana bread like a tender fluffy cloud is not over-mixing it when combining the wet and dry ingredients.
Tenting the pan with aluminum foil will keep the top from over-browning while the inside of the bread bakes. Once the loaf is done baking, sprinkle with sea salt flakes (my current obsession). The Maldon brand is my favorite.
So, my trick to keeping this delicious peanut butter banana bread moist is to not refrigerate it!
Firstly, make sure it is completely cooled. Then, I like to keep it in an airtight container, with a paper towel underneath and also on top of the loaf. This will keep any condensation from spoiling the bread and will mean you don't lose any moisture in the refrigerator! It will be good for up to 4 days!
Yes absolutely! If for some reason you can't finish this banana bread in time, you can wrap it tightly and put it in the freezer, where it can last up to 3 months! Just fully defrost it and maybe pop it in the oven for a few minutes to give it a bit of warmth!
Remember when I said it was important not to over-mix? I really mean it! You only want to only just combine the wet and dry ingredients, if you go too overboard it can turn more chewy than the beautiful moist and crumbly crumb we want.
I hope this helps!
Looking for More Amazing Bread-Like Recipes?
If you can't get enough of this Peanut Butter Banana Bread and want to try another dessert like bread, then try my Gingerbread Monkey Bread! This cloud-like bread is flavored with all your favorite winter spices and covered in a delicious sticky glaze!
Or maybe Cinnamon Rolls are more your thing? Oh wait, sorry, I meant Tiramisu Cinnamon Rolls! The classic we all love but amped up 100x with Kahlua-infused cream cheese frosting!
If you aren't a sweet person, a) I'm surprised you lasted this long, and b) try my Savory Pumpkin Sourdough with crunchy Pumpkin Seeds and Sage. Even if you have a sweet tooth you can't go wrong with this insanely flavored loaf!
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Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 3 large bananas (very ripe)
- ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 large eggs
- ⅓ cup full fat sour cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and move the rack to the bottom third position. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Using a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a handheld mixer and large bowl, beat the butter until pale and fluffy. Add the brown sugar and mix on medium high speed for 1 minute until smooth. Add the bananas, mixing until mashed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined, scraping down the bowl halfway.½ cup unsalted butter, ¾ cup packed light brown sugar, 3 large bananas, ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
- Lower the speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix for about 30 seconds on medium speed. Reduce the speed to low, add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Finish mixing with a spatula if needed.2 large eggs, ⅓ cup full fat sour cream, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips (optional). Tent the pan with aluminum foil and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. To check the doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean or just a little crumbly, the bread is done.½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Mix as little as possible for a super moist banana bread once you add the dry ingredients. You want them incorporated fully, but not overbeat.
- Other topping ideas: peanut butter drizzle, peanut butter chips, sliced banana, and sea salt flakes.