Peanut Butter and Banana Bread

I’ve always loved Banana Bread but this version is like my favorite childhood sandwich recreated as a quick bread…WITH milk chocolate chips!

Peanut Butter is mixed with Banana Bread and Milk Chocolate Chips and shown on a wooden cutting board.

I’ve often had people ask what inspires me to make a certain dish and quite honestly I never even think about it. I guess I’m fortunate that I don’t have to reach for inspiration; I have far more ideas than I do time to implement them. I’m inspired by things as simple as what’s in my pantry or freezer or something I see at the grocery store that gives me a new idea.

Maybe it’s an idea that bubbles forth while reading a favorite cooking magazine and I want to try something they feature but with my own twist. Today I was inspired to make this bread because I really wanted a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

As much as I truly love creating in the kitchen; it would be unwise to envision me slaving over a stove every single day. Truth? I made spaghetti last week and I’ve had it for dinner every night the past 4 nights. No words to express how much I love leftovers!

Some days though I don’t even have spaghetti in the fridge and I’ll resort to a bowl of cereal or a sandwich for dinner and that’s where I found myself the other day when I had a craving for a childhood favorite; a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Slices of Banana Bread that includes peanut butter and milk chocolate chips.

Unfortunately the bananas had just passed their prime and my favorite childhood treat would not work with mushy bananas. However, my craving for the combination wouldn’t leave either so I decided to punt and combine the two in a loaf of Peanut Butter & Banana Bread and added some milk chocolate chips. While I’ve made lots of banana bread from over-ripe bananas, I’ve never been able to wax poetic about it. It’s something I do but not something I necessarily love. So this had me a bit more excited.

Baking does require some constraint though. While the bananas are important for moisture, I couldn’t add the same amount of peanut butter because in this instance it is the fat ingredient and that quantity would have been way too much fat in comparison to the other ingredients.

So I added a layer of roasted nuts to the top of the bread which was perfect; that step not only elevated the peanut flavor but added a textural contrast that my testing panel loved. You know my testing panel right? My neighbors.

I had not planned on adding anything else but in what could only be considered a form of meant to be, I spied an open package of milk chocolate chips and knew they HAD to be part of the plan. I know the cool kids say that dark chocolate is the only chocolate but here’s one of my life secrets…I love milk chocolate so much more. This is starting to sound like a sandwich I believe was made for Elvis!

Peanut Butter & Banana Bread with Milk Chocolate Chips and Peanuts on top.

This was heavenly; really a great marriage of those two flavors with little pockets of milk chocolate from the chips. It was great with a cup of coffee for breakfast but sweet enough to be considered a dessert too. Even if your childhood did not include this combination in a sandwich, I’m betting you will love it too.

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Banana Bread on Cutting Board with peanut halves on top of loaf.

Peanut Butter & Banana Bread with Milk Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter & Banana Bread with Milk Chocolate Chips recreates my favorite childhood sandwich in a banana bread with the addition of milk chocolate chips.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 3 medium bananas mashed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • cup buttermilk add 1 tsp of lemon juice to 1/3 cup buttermilk as a substitute
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the insides of an 8x4-inch loaf pan and then line it with parchment paper; letting the paper hang over the sides.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, banana, sugars, buttermilk, oil, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Combine the wet ingredients in the large bowl with the flour mixture and fold together with a spatula until completely combined. Fold in the milk chocolate chips.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, smoothing the top. Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, 60 - 75 minutes. Check at 45 minutes and cover the bread with aluminum foil if the top is adequately browned.
  • Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap the bread in plastic wrap to keep and store at room temperature for up to 5 days. We love it toasted a bit!

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams | Calories: 292kcal
Peanut Butter & Banana Bread with Milk Chocolate Chips

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4 Comments

  1. I need to try this! But…do you think I can freeze it? I need it for next weekend, but have no time to make it then, so was thinking of doing it this weekend. Whaddya think? Can’t wait to taste this, I mean, make it!

  2. When someone tells me that a recipe she or he made was ‘heavenly’, I know that’s the sign we should all make it too. It’s beautiful to look at and I love the marriage of those two flavors.

  3. Peanut butter and bananas are a wonderful combo. As is peanut butter and chocolate. Heck, is there anything that doesn’t combine well with peanut butter? Anyway, this bread is inspired — thanks.

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