Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

This Peanut Butter Banana Bread is so moist, rich & full of chocolate chips it’s bound to become everyone’s favorite! It’s quick and easy to make and full of all the banana and peanut butter flavor you could want. Serve it up for breakfast, after school snack or even dessert.

Sliced peanut butter banana bread on wooden cutting board.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I love bananas and anything that has bananas in it. I’m so lucky to live in South Florida where I can have banana trees in my backyard. Yep, you read that right – banana trees in my own backyard! And I’ve got news for you, when a banana tree gets a hand of bananas on them you’ve got enough bananas to feed the entire neighborhood! Usually about 50 lbs. worth!

Backyard Bananas

Needless to say I need a lot of banana recipes to use up all those bananas so you’ll find quite a few banana recipes on 2CM blog. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which recipe to make, ’cause they’re all my favorite, like my Banana Pancake Smoothie or Double Chocolate Banana Bread for breakfast, Peanut Butter & Banana Cookies for a snack or delicious & super easy Banana Crunch Cake for dessert. I could go on and on but you get my drift.

Slices of chocolate chip banana bread with spoonful of peanut butter on white table.

Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

  • Use ripe bananas to replace eggs in some baked goods recipes. 1 ripe banana equals one egg.
  • Substitute bananas for oil and butter in a baking recipe. The same amount of mashed bananas as the butter called for. An added benefit, it may actually lower the calorie count. Be aware that the cooking time may need to be reduced.
  • Blend up healthy soft serve ice cream.
  • Make all flavors of smoothies and smoothie bowls like my favorite Chocolate Almond Smoothie.
  • Bake healthier muffins and cookies.
  • Use as a substitute for flour in Banana Pancakes.
  • Make them into dessert by covering them with chocolate and freezing. Chocolate Covered Bananas make a cool summertime treat.
  • Make banana milk for a great dairy-free alternative. Check out this recipe from Pure Wow.

Tips for Baking Moist Banana Bread

  • Use overly ripe, even black, bananas for the most moist flavorful bread. Previously frozen bananas can always be used in place of fresh, just thaw them out first.
  • Make the bread batter out of oil, not butter, as oil acts as an emulsifier and coats the flour so it doesn’t absorb too much water, which would make the final product drier.
  • Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients gently to retain a more tender texture.
  • Do not overbake the bread. Check it after 55-60 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center, left and right, and if it has just a few moist crumbs on it, take the banana bread out of the oven immediately.
  • Store in a resealable plastic bag. I like to put mine in when it’s just slightly warm in order to keep it a little moister.

Grabbing a piece of banana bread.

Today I decided to make this delicious Peanut Butter Banana Bread based on my no-fail Homemade Banana Bread. Of course, adding some yummy dark chocolate chips to the mix seemed like a no-brainer. And just wait until you see how easy it is to make!

How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Steps from flour base, adding peanut butter to mashed bananas.

  1. Combine sugar, peanut butter and shortening together in a medium bowl. (photo 1)
  2. Crumb with a fork until blended.  (photo 2)
  3. Mix in eggs. (photo 3)
  4. Then add vegetable oil and milk. (photo 4)
  5. Pour mashed bananas into sugar-egg mixture. (photo 5)
  6. Stir well. (photo 6)
Steps from banana mixture to adding chocolate chips to baking.

  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. (photo 7)
  2. Add to banana-egg mixture. (photo 8)
  3. Fold in gently. (photo 9)
  4. Stir in chocolate chips. (photo 10)
  5. Pour into prepared loaf pan. (photo 11)
  6. Bake. (photo 12)

Stacked slices of chocolate chip banana bread with loaf of bread and banana in background.

This bread is so moist with the all the deliciousness we love about banana bread. In addition, it has the distinct flavor of peanut butter and the sweet, rich notes of chocolate chips. It’s great warm or cold, as a quick breakfast, after school snack or even dessert. This Chocolate Chip Banana Bread was so popular and went so fast, that I know I’ll be making it again real soon. Enjoy!

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5 from 2 votes
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BREAD WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Moist, rich & full of chocolate chips, our Peanut Butter Banana Bread is bound to be everyone's favorite. Great for breakfast or that afternoon snack.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate chip banana bread, peanut butter banana bread, peanut butter banana bread with chocolate chips
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 359 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons solid shortening
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed (I like to use about 1-1/3 cups mashed)
  • 2 cups King Arthur unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour loaf pan.
  2. Crumb sugar, peanut butter and shortening together.

  3. Mix in vegetable oil, eggs and milk.

  4. Add in mashed bananas.

  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt.

  6. Mix into banana-egg mixture.

  7. Stir in chocolate chips.

  8. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Check after 30 minutes to make sure top is not getting overly brown. If so, cover top loosely with aluminum foil.

  9. Test for doneness by inserting pick in center of bread. It is done if pick comes out clean. Remove from oven, set on wire rack, and cool for 15 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and finish cooling on rack.
Recipe Notes

This banana bread freezes very well. Allow to cool then wrap in aluminum foil and place in resealable plastic bag prior to placing in freezer.

Tips for A Moist Banana Bread

  • Use overly ripe, even black, bananas for the most moist flavorful bread. Previously frozen bananas can always be used in place of fresh, just thaw them out first.
  • Make the bread batter out of oil, not butter, as oil acts as an emulsifier and coats the flour so it doesn’t absorb too much water, which would make the final product drier.
  • Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients gently to retain a more tender texture.
  • Do not overbake the bread. Check it after 55-60 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the center, left and right, and if it has just a few moist crumbs on it, take the banana bread out of the oven immediately.
  • Store in a resealable plastic bag. I like to put mine in when it’s just slightly warm in order to keep it a little moister.
Nutrition Facts
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BREAD WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 261mg11%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 61IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated with step-by-step instructions and new photos. It was first published on January 6, 2014.

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Taylor
    07/26/2019 at 4:30 pm


    The best bread ever! SO moist with tons of flavor!

  • Reply
    Marisa F. Stewart
    07/26/2019 at 3:34 pm


    What a plethora of information. Everything I needed to know to get my banana bread nice and moist. It’s been a bit crumbly and you’ve solved how I can fix that. I really love the addition of peanut butter to it. I’m making your recipe this weekend.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      07/26/2019 at 4:51 pm

      Glad I could help. We love this bread at our house Hope you enjoy it as well!

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