A super simple banana bread with a light peanut butter flavor, studded with chocolate chips, and topped with a thick, rich, peanut butter frosting. It tastes like dessert!
I absolutely love banana bread, something you may already know since I have several different recipes on my site, including two of my most popular recipes, cream cheese banana bread, and super simple banana bread.
This particular banana bread is a variation on my super simple recipe, but with some peanut butter, some chocolate chips, and a delicious peanut butter frosting topping. Basically it is an amped up version, but still as easy as ever. And it turns out every time for me.
Now that I have told you about the banana bread, and how amazing it is, and how you can’t go wrong making it…wait, I didn’t tell you that. Well, it is true. It rocks. You can’t go wrong making it. Now that you know this, can we just talk about kids for a minute.
My kids always ALWAYS want to cook with me. And I love them for it. But seriously, it takes soooo long, and sometimes, I just want to get dinner on the table, and not have splatters, and spills, and near misses doing it. How come kids never really want to do the things you want them to do…like clean their rooms, or take out the bathroom garbage, or do their homework, but something you would rather they not do, and they are all in? Laws of nature or something I swear.
Anyway, my rugrats always want to bake with me, so the other day I was shopping at over-ripe bananas were on sale for super cheap. I can’t even remember how much, so I got several bundles thinking I would make a bunch of banana bread and freeze it for later. I get in the kitchen and start preparing the banana bread, and lo and behold kids 1 and 3 wander in, soon to be followed by kid 4, and eventually kid 2. So here I am with 4 kids wanting to cook, and I FINALLY just give in.
I handed each of them a big mixing bowl, and then pulled out the ingredients for super simple banana bread. They each measured and mixed in the ingredients, and we had a lot of fun. Then the base of the bread was done.
Then I told them they could personalize their batch. I got out nuts, chocolate chips, toffee chips, and other goodies, and let them each personalize their loaf. They had so much fun with it. My oldest wanted mini loaves with chocolate chips. My youngest wanted muffins with peanut butter chips. Their personalities really played out. So I thought I would personalize my own batch.
And so you get peanut butter and chocolate chip, because that is what I was wanting!
So let’s get to the yummy recipe…what do you say?
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 3 bananas brown, mashed
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg whisked with a fork
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 11/2 cups flour
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Frosting
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients except chocolate chips by hand until well incorporated
- Fold in chocolate chips
- Pour into a greased bread pan (approx 9x4x4)
- Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean (check at about 50 minutes)
- Cool on rack
- Mix frosting ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, and then top the cooled bread with the peanut butter frosting mixture.
- Slice and enjoy!
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.