Peanut butter banana bread has the most delicious combination of flavors! This sweet and salty bread is destined to be a family favorite.
We love a good peanut butter cookie, even better if it includes chocolate! This peanut butter banana bread is so moist and tender, it’s sure to appease any PB lover!
Banana Peanut Butter Bread
This peanut butter banana bread is so moist and tender, and has the most delicious combination of flavors! Peanut butter and banana is one of my very favorite flavor combinations. I remember as a child making peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch, and loving how the two flavors tasted together.
The combination of salty and sweet is amazing. It’s like they were made for each other! I’ve been making the same banana bread recipe for years now, but it only recently occurred to me to add peanut butter to the mix. The peanut butter takes the flavor over the top and makes this banana bread so unique and delicious.
Peanut butter and bananas are a classic combination – just ask Elvis! We think even the King himself would love this delicious bread and it’s sure to be a hit with your family too.
How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Bread
PREP. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and line with parchment paper, then set aside. (The best way that I’ve found to prevent the bread from sticking to the bread pan is to spray the pan with cooking spray, then line it with parchment paper, making sure that it overhangs a little on each side).
CREAM INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar, butter, and ¼ cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk, and mix until smooth.
DRY INGREDIENTS. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Fold in the mashed bananas and pour into the prepared loaf pan. (I like to add the bananas last so there are still some small chunks of banana in the finished bread.)
SWIRL. Scoop the remaining ¼ cup peanut butter into a Ziploc bag, and cut the corner off the bag. Pipe three lines of peanut butter across the top of the batter, then drag a toothpick or skewer through the batter to swirl the peanut butter.
BAKE. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Tips + Storing Info
- Have some fun with this yummy treat – add some chopped walnuts, peanuts, raisins, chocolate chips, or even chopped up peanut butter cups before baking! You could even add a little cinnamon to the batter if you’d like.
- Substitute crunchy peanut butter for the smooth variety in this recipe. However, if you do so we recommend using ½ cup instead of ¼ cup.
- When choosing bananas for this recipe the browner the banana the better for the most sweetness!
- If your bread comes out of the oven with a crack on top – it turned out just right! It will expand when cooking and let steam out of the top. If you don’t notice a crack on top, not a problem! Sometimes this happens when the baking powder is past it’s expiration date, or any other number of factors could come into play in the baking process. It will usually be just as delicious!
- To make mini loaves of bread be sure to fill your pans no more than half way full and check on them every 5 minutes after they have been in the oven for 25 min.
STORE on the counter for up to a few days.
To FREEZE, wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3-4 months. When you are ready to eat it again, let it thaw on the counter or place it on a baking sheet and warm it in the oven for a few minutes. Set your oven for 350 degrees, put the bread in right as you set it and check on it again right after the oven comes to temperature.
For more quick bread recipes (no yeast involved!!), check out:
- Zucchini Bread
- Amish Bread
- Snickerdoodle Bread
- Blueberry Quick Bread
- Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread
- Easy Banana Bread
- Better than Starbucks Lemon Bread
Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter divided
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 bananas overripe and mashed
- Preheat the oven to 325. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and line with parchment paper, then set aside.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar, butter, and ¼ cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk, and mix until smooth.
- Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Fold in the mashed bananas and pour into the prepared loaf pan.
- Scoop the remaining ¼ cup peanut butter into a ziplock bag, and cut the corner off the bag. Pipe three lines of peanut butter across the top of the batter, then drag a toothpick or skewer through the batter to swirl the peanut butter.
- Bake 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Thank you Alicia from The Baker Upstairs!
The best banana bread ever! It was my first attempt and there’s no need to say it won’t be the last time I bake this! Amazing!
I just made this and added peanut butter chips. FANTASTIC!!
Mmm sounds delicious! So glad you enjoyed the bread recipe!
In my almost 80 years I’ve made several banana breads. Without a doubt this is the best ever banana bread recipe. Ten stars, thank you very much.
Oh what a compliment! Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the bread recipe!
The best banana bread recipe I have found so far! I add chocolate chips to mine as well!!!
Mmm I bet the addition of the chocolate chips is amazing! So glad you love this recipe!
I made this today oh my gosh delicious ! I took a chance and went ahead and doubled the recipe. Made it just as posted.
Next time I may add a bunch of nuts because we like nuts.
I LOVE banana & peanut butter smoothies, and homemade ice cream, but THiS bread is like a slice of heaven!!! Thank you for sharing!! My husband said he likes this better than any banana bread I’ve ever made! ♥️
The best best! Make this all the time! I use 1/2 sugar and half 1/2 brown sugar in mine!
I love this bread! it is moist and very peanut buttery…..thank you for the recipe!
I’ve made this recipe at least 5 times now! I can’t get enough of it. The peanut butter swirl on top comes out so rich and gives it a little crunch, and the inside is super moist (Sometimes it needs to bake 5-10 min extra but it always ends up rising really big and beautifully.) I wasn’t the biggest banana bread fan until I had brown bananas one day and found this recipe, now it’s one of my favorites.
Oh I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks for sharing!
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