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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread


Can you think of a more perfect combo? Chocolate. Peanut Butter. Bananas.

I love chocolate and peanut butter. I love peanut butter and bananas. I love chocolate covered bananas.

Sometimes I stand in my kitchen and stick my spoon in the peanut butter jar, then dip my peanut butter spoon in a bag of chocolate chips…. do you every do that?

The combination of all three just makes sense.

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My husband on the other hand… well, he loves peanut butter and chocolate, but peanut butter and banana, he doesn’t get. His exact words to me were “I just don’t get the whole peanut butter banana thing.” “What’s the big deal?” I looked at him like he was some sort of alien or broke a sacred vow.

Okay, back to this awesome bread…

If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I have issues with bananas. I buy massive quantities of bananas, then the minute they go ripe, I throw them in the freezer… then buy more bananas. I now have massive quantities of bananas in my freezer. So instead baking the same old banana bread, I changed up the recipe and added peanut butter and bananas.


This bread is Gooood! Its dense, rich, and must be consume with a large ice cold glass of milk.



  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 over ripe bananas
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together then set aside.

Combine sugar, canola oil, and applesauce. Mix until well blended. Add peanut butter and vanilla to sugar mixture. Mix until peanut butter is blended through. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Mix just until combined. Gently mix in bananas, then fold in semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Spoon batter into pan. Bake for 55 – 65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Cool completely on cooling rack. Once bread is completely cooled, transfer loaf out of the pan.



Question of the Day?

What’s your favorite food combo? PB & Chocolate is my favorite 🙂

34 Responses

  1. Ameena said on January 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I don’t know how you do it! You always have the most amazing recipes and gorgeous pictures. I want to try this with gluten-free flour.

  2. Jacquie said on January 26, 2010 at 9:52 am

    So nix my comment about your banana muffins in my email- I’m making this!!! This looks amazing! YUM 🙂

    I love nutella/banana or brie/apricot personally. I always used to have those two in Paris and they make me miss the city. However, my newest obsession for oatmeal is almond butter/banana/blueberrys.

  3. katie said on January 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

    WOW i need to come eat at your house! that looks awesome!

  4. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on January 26, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Ah, this looks so good. I know it’s probably a breakfast bread but this would be the perfect dessert. For tonight. Or right now.

  5. Kelly said on January 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Okay don’t go eeewww but my favorite peanut butter combination is a PB and swiss cheese (the real swiss) sandwich. It is so good…albeit odd! 🙂

  6. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

    mmm. This looks awesome.

    My favorite food combination is grilled cheese and tomato soup. I’ve ALWAYS loved it combined!

  7. Jessica said on January 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

    This looks and sounds AMAZING!!! YUM!

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on January 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    sounds sooooooo good! i’m a huge fan of, you know, food in general, but chips and salsa/chips and guac are the best combo ever. or anything with cheese 🙂

  9. Nicole, RD said on January 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

    WOOT! I have everything for this recipe after those vegan muffins 😉 I do believe I’ll be making this next! Off to calculate the nutrition facts…

    🙂 Thank you!

  10. Gelareh @ Orange Truffle said on January 26, 2010 at 11:48 am

    You could not have posted this at a better time… After our training ride they had tons of bananas and were giving them out to people so I took a bunch but now they are really ripe and I was thinking of baking banana bread with it. So for the past couple days I have been looking for VEGAN banana bread recipes online and I am glad you posted this.. I am going to make it in the next couple days with gluten free flour and in cupcake pan to get individual servings.. Thank you 🙂

  11. Nicole, RD said on January 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Bad news. The whole recipe is: 5,096 calories, 276g fat, 1,323mg sodium, 456 g. carbs, 46 g. fiber, 51 g. protein. If that made 12 slices it would be 425 calories, 23 g. fat, 110 mg. sodium, 38 g. carbs, 3.8 g. fiber, 4.3 g. protein per slice. I may make it and halve the chocolate chips and do 1/2 cup peanut butter and an additional 1/4 cup applesauce.

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      Ugh… I knew it! No wonder it tastes so good! For those who want to make this healthier, I would drop the oil to 1/4 cup and increase the applesauce 1 cup. Decreasing the chocolate chips would help too! Eating a smaller portion can always do the trick 😉

      Thanks for the doing the nutrition breakdown Nicole 🙂

  12. Amy @ Cheerful Cookery said on January 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I love throwing a handful of chocolate chips in my banana bread, but never thought to try the peanut butter. I will have to try this, and then my husband’s head may explode from excitement (he’s a huge fan of peanut butter and chocolate). Thanks for the tip on freezing bananas – I always seem to end up with a few on the counter about to go bad; they’re so perfect for baking at that point, but it always seems to be when I’m busiest!

  13. Marisa (Loser for Life) said on January 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Wow, I could’ve used this recipe yesterday! I was craving peanut butter all day! On second thought, probaby a good thing… I would’ve eaten the whole thing! Looks DIVINE!

  14. Christie @ Honoring Health said on January 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Calories, Smalories. That looks delicious!

  15. eatingRD said on January 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    oh boy, that IS the perfect combo!! Definitely my favs, yum!

  16. Mommy RD said on January 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    My husband would love this. Bookmarking it for when I have finger use again.

    I’m the one and only that has the problem with the peanut butter.

  17. Jenny said on January 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Oh, Estela. This makes my heart simultaneously sing and weep. I’m freakin’ allergic to chocolate these days and can no longer have it. My fave combo, though, is peanut butter and banana! I’m thinking maybe I can replace the chocolate with carob? Probably won’t be as good, but this looks AWESOME.

  18. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said on January 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    This looks really good. I am not really a banana fan – although banana bread is sometimes good – but I sure do love PB and chocolate!

  19. The Candid RD said on January 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    mmmmm, looks great!!! I love peanut butter with ANYTHING, no joke. I’d eat my toe with a scoop of peanut butter. I also live with a guy who is obsessed with it, and he actually LOVE it on bananas, which is a good thing. He’s like me and will eat PB with anything…literally.

    Did you change your domain name? Your blog isn’t showing up on my blog roll.

    • Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm

      Hi! I didn’t change my domain name. I recently made some changes to my blog layout and apparently it dropped some RSS Subcribers. If my blog isn’t appearing in your reader, please subscribe again. Thanks 🙂

  20. Abbys Vegan Eats said on January 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    This recipe sounds amazing (and looks soooo delicious!) What a fabulous treat to enjoy in the morn with some tea!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.. Im putting this on my list of goodies to make in the near future.

  21. Kristen @ Simply Savor said on January 26, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    SPEECHLESS!! This recipe loooks soooo good! my favorite combo of flavors all in one 🙂 Can’t wait to make this!!

  22. Angie said on January 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    What a beautiful recipe!

    I have never done the Peanut butter spoon right into the chocolate chips bag thing….but, now that you mention it, I can’t imagine why? 🙂

    Beautiful photos, as always!

  23. lynn @ the actors diet said on January 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    oh my! this is just too much for me to handle – my head may explode! i love pb and jelly with all my heart

  24. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 27, 2010 at 7:17 am

    This recipe is bananas! Oh, and peanut butter and chocolate is my fave, too!

  25. Danielle (Coffee Run) said on January 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Your bread looks sooooo good (& moist)
    My favorite food combo is either chocolate + pb or dried fruit. Either way, it’s chocolate 🙂
    I do the same thing with bananas! I get anxiety over not using them up in time haha

  26. Cajun Chef Ryan said on January 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Peanut butter, chocolate chips and bananas must be in the karma air yesterday. My son made a peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip sandwich with whole wheat bread last night.


  27. carolyn @ PBJargon said on January 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Would you believe I have never tried peanut butter in banana bread? Seriously. I need to remedy that, STAT!

  28. Lea said on January 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Your post looks so incredible! But i have never tasted putting peanut butter in a banana bread, but it seem delicious, I might as well try it this time, time for food exploration for me.

  29. Jenn ( said on January 28, 2010 at 4:50 am

    No, I can’t think of a more perfect combo — that looks AMAZING!! YUM


  30. Nick said on January 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I have a similar recipe that uses less sugar and oil, so perhaps not as good, but still delicious! The perfect trio never fails!

  31. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place said on January 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    that bread looks SO GOOD! Love the pb, chocolate, banana combo too!

  32. Lindsay said on January 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Can you substitute the pastry flour for amond meal or coconut flour?? Would love to try this!