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Peanut Banana Bread Recipe

Peanut Banana Bread Recipe

"My family literally comes running when they smell this bread baking." Between the thick chocolate layer and the crumbly topping, this bread is simply scrumptious! Sherry Lee Columbus, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. In a small bowl, stir the flour, brown sugar, peanut butter and cinnamon until crumbly; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened.
  • 3. Divide half of the batter between two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans; sprinkle with half of the topping. Top with chocolate chips. Repeat layers of batter and topping.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (12 slices each).
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 257 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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scwc User ID: 5824534 216877
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"I love this bread. Very easy to make & full of flavor. I've made this many times & everyone loves it. Usually I double the recipe & use 1 regular sized bread pan then use the remaining batter in mini bread pans. Makes a nice gift & freezes well."

sherrigs User ID: 6123858 161563
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"I made this last Thanksgiving. It's very good, but next time I will omit the chocolate chips."

PerrieM User ID: 6766348 96448
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"I made these in a bundt pan using same amounts (maybe couple more ripe bananas) My bananas were VERY ripe. It came out wonderful. I think I will do a variation on an apple crisp this way."

nickheather User ID: 2604153 104225
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"This has to be one of my favorite bread recipes! I just love it!"

menkens User ID: 5877182 210520
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Used banana flavoring instead of vanilla and used mini-chocolate chips and put into the batter. Made one loaf plus 6 muffins... was good the first day; but much bretter the 2nd! Also, did what a few others suggested and put the majority of the topping between the layers and covered the top and still had some left over."

lmdelzercox User ID: 2469034 180084
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I wonder if I did something wrong since everyone seems to like this so well . . . I halved the recipe to make only one loaf but otherwise made it exactly as specified. I cooked it for one hour and the toothpick came out clean. When I went to cut it, though, the entire inside was wet dough. I had to put it back in the oven and cooked it for another full 65 minutes just to get it to turn into bread! It was terrible! And then it didn't taste very awesome - very little banana or peanut butter flavor and extremely sweet. Maybe I should have tried muffins. I wouldn't make this one again - I would stick to the Cranberry Banana bread. Much better."

qgal User ID: 6058319 98069
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2011

"melt in you mouth delicious !"

Sunny1978 User ID: 3946676 179160
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"One of my favorite banana bread recipes and a hit with many family members and friends that I've served it to. The hint of cinnamon is very nice. The first time I tried this recipe, there seemed to be too much crumb topping that fell off when slicing so since then I've put about 3/4 of the topping in the middle of the loaf and left only 1/4 (or less) for the actual top."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 111501
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"I halved the recipe to make only one loaf. It was tasty, but didn't quite live up to my expectations based on the ingredients."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 179912
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2010

"This recipe also bakes well in one 11x7 pan for 45 minutes if you do not have 2 8x4 pans. Oh soooo good!

~ Theresa"

maddmudder01 User ID: 1600414 161562
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This bread tastes as delicious as it smells! I always make two batches and freeze several loaves."

kdmcclain User ID: 1021369 164493
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"Whenever we have too ripe bananas, this is the recipe my family always asks for! Delicious!!"

Sabeeb User ID: 4165567 104223
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"I had a hard time gauging how much to put in each pan for bottom layer. Ended up with one full loaf and a half baked second loaf. Any suggestions?"

mel7445 User ID: 3057977 166004
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2009

"Really enjoyed this recipe! Had to take some to work so we wouldn't eat it all!"

joey113 User ID: 1377116 161561
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"I loved this bread and so did my 84 year old father, he asked that I make him a second loaf. Defently a keeper."

hmblunck User ID: 1740482 104217
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2009

"Delicious bread, but my family couldn't really taste the banana through the peanut butter and chocolate. The next time I am in the mood for banana flavor, I'll make basic banana bread."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 111500
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2009

"bread is delicious, but not sure why it's labeled "Lower Fat." Regardless, it's worth the calories!"

meghant User ID: 3914993 110803
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"I just made this yesterday and made it into muffins. Cooked about 25 min...don't cook to long or it will dry out! Yummy!"

grandmacg User ID: 1120762 161560
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"I tried this recipe which came in my Feb - Mar issue. It came out heavy and wasn't moist. I tried the other bread recipes and they came out wonderfully. If you can help with a solution I'd appreciate it."

redcow User ID: 47124 111498
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009

" I have this recipe marked to try, but think I will bake some of the batter in my large muffin cups rather than using a bread tin.  "

Aug142004 User ID: 3849141 143326
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2009


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