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Upgrade your banana bread recipe with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread version. It’s an easy quick bread recipe that is loaded with cocoa powder for a delicious and decadent added chocolate flavor! You’ll love how tender, moist and flavorful it is – a true chocolate lover’s dream!
Ingredients to make the recipe
- Flour: Use all-purpose flour for this recipe for best results. Whole wheat flour works well though.
- Cocoa powder: Use unsweetened cocoa powder. This creates the richest chocolate flavor.
- Baking powder, baking soda and salt: For the bread to rise during baking so it’s soft and fluffy.
- Bananas: Use overripe bananas for this recipe. They have more flavor and natural sweetness compared to underripe ones.
- Peanut butter: Use a smooth peanut butter rather than a crunchy one and it helps to heat the peanut butter slightly to make it easier to whisk with the wet ingredients.
- Sugar: Use a light brown sugar. The molasses will create a richer and more complex flavor.
- Oil: For a moist loaf. I used canola oil, but vegetable will also work well.
- Egg: To bind the dry ingredients together.
- Vanilla extract: For sweetness and flavor.
How do you make chocolate banana bread?
- Mash the bananas with a fork until they’re smooth.
- Add the peanut butter, sugar, oil, egg and vanilla.
- Mix until well combined, but some lumps are totally fine.
- Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl and then add on top of the wet ingredients until there are no more flour streaks.
Pour the mixture into a standard bread loaf pan. I like to line it with parchment paper for easy removal. If you want, add some sliced bananas on top for a fun look and then bake in the oven.
One bowl of wet ingredients, one bowl of dry ingredients + 60 minutes of baking time later and you have a beautiful, moist chocolate peanut butter banana bread!
Tips to make this recipe well
- Use overripe bananas for the best chocolate banana bread. As well as being fuller in flavor and naturally sweeter, they also contain more antioxidants.
- Measure out the banana. You want to use 1.5 cups of mashed bananas, which could be 3 or 4 bananas depending on their size. If you use too many bananas, the bread will turn out heavy and damp in the center. Freeze any extra mashed bananas for later use in banana bread or smoothies.
- Cover the bread with foil if it’s cooking too quickly. Check the bread around 40 minutes and if the top is cooked, place over some foil so that the center continues to cook but the top doesn’t burn.
- Make them into muffins: The recipe works well for muffins instead of a bread loaf. Just reduce the cooking time to 20-22 minutes.
Frequently asked questions
Once you have made your chocolate peanut butter banana bread, cool it completely on a wire rack. You can then transfer it to an airtight container. It will keep at room temperature for around 3 to 4 days and up to a week in the fridge.
Yes! This peanut butter banana bread will keep well frozen for up to 3 months. You can freeze the whole loaf or individual slices. Wrap the bread securely in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Thaw frozen bread at room temperature.
This bread will take around 55 minutes to bake through. I like to check it at around 50 minutes. The top will be firm and you can check that it is cooked through by inserting a toothpick. It should come out clean, if there are crumbs on it, it needs a few minutes more in the oven.
More quick bread recipes:
- Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Chocolate Banana Bread
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
- Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Strawberry Banana Bread
- Cranberry Orange Bread
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Add the melted peanut butter, light brown sugar, canola oil, egg and vanilla extract and stir until combined and smooth.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and top with thinly banana slices.
- Bake for 55 – 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before slicing.
- Instead of canola oil, you can use any other neutral oils like coconut oil.
- Instead of light brown sugar, you can use granulated white sugar.
- Instead of all purpose flour, you can use whole wheat white flour.
- To make this gluten-free, use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix. Do not substitute only almond flour or only coconut flour.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.