This peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread is just the thing to make for your family’s breakfast table, to bring to a potluck, or to give as a gift. It’s one of those classic recipes that you’ll want to save so that you can make it again and again!
It’s moist, full of banana flavor, and sure to be a hit with the crowd!
🌟 Why this recipe works
This is the best peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread recipe! It’s got a delicious banana and peanut butter flavor, it’s fluffy and moist, and the chocolate chips are nice and soft.
Banana chocolate chip bread is a delicious sweet treat that’s loaded with peanut butter and melty chocolate chips - and made with natural ingredients that are wholesome and irresistible. Love PB? Then check out my easy peanut butter bread recipe.
It's my favorite banana bread recipe, and my family and friends just love it! Whether we're eating it for breakfast or lunch, it always tastes great with a cup of coffee or as a snack for a pick-me-up!
Unlike most banana bread recipes that require melted butter mixed with the mashed bananas, this recipe uses buttermilk instead to keep the texture nice and fluffy.
With 1 hour cooking time and 15 mins prep, this is the best banana bread to whip up for any level cook, and it's customizable too, so you can easily throw in other ingredients, like nuts, dried fruits, and white mini chocolate chips.
This banana bread recipe is easy to make, can be made in advance and kept at room temperature for up to a week, refrigerated, and you can even freeze banana bread.
🍽 Key ingredients
I love this banana bread recipe for many reasons! It's irresistibly good, the recipe uses staple pantry ingredients, and it's super easy to make with just a baking dish and mixing bowl needed!
Ripe bananas - The riper the bananas, the sweeter they will be, and the more flavorful your banana bread will be.
Peanut butter - I like to use creamy natural peanut butter for this recipe, as it gives the banana bread a moist texture, but you can use the crunchy version of peanut butter if you like.
Chocolate chips - Use good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips for added sweetness.
Eggs and oil - A few eggs and some vegetable oil are what help the banana bread stay moist for days without losing its fluffy texture.
Vanilla extract - The vanilla in this recipe adds a delicate flavor to the super moist banana bread recipe.
Sweetness - Honey, brown sugar, and white sugar are what make this banana bread perfectly sweet.
Buttermilk - The buttermilk helps to give the banana bread a moist and fluffy texture while also helping it to rise.
Flour mixture - Baking soda, salt, and all-purpose flour are the dry ingredients that hold everything together and give the banana bread its structure.
Although it is easy to find in the cooking aisle of most grocery stores, you can substitute it for baking powder at a ratio of 4:1.
You can substitute all-purpose flour for other varieties, like cake flour, almond flour, and even whole wheat flour for a denser texture.
🔪 How to make
This peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread is so easy to make! Just mix all of the wet ingredients in one bowl, and then mix all of the dry ingredients in another bowl. Combine and bake!
Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and grease a standard-sized loaf pan. Line the bottom with baking paper, then grease the paper.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, then set aside.
Use an electric mixer, and mix the ripe bananas, peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, honey, buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl until well combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the flour and gently stir together with a rubber spatula until just combined,
Then add chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick test comes back clean. After about 40 minutes, check the bread often to make sure the top isn't browning too much - if it is, just place a foil tent over the top.
Remove the banana bread from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
💭 Cooking tips
Making it ahead and freezing
This delicious recipe is easy to make ahead until you’re ready to serve it.
Once the peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread has completely cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in a bread bin.
Help the bread rise
When pouring the batter into the loaf pan, be sure to tap the tin on the surface to even out the batter mixture, and do not open the oven door during baking, or else the hot air will escape, and the center of the bread will collapse.
If you want to make some flavorsome adjustments to the best banana bread recipe, here are a few upgraded variations using the same recipe.
Triple chocolate banana bread
Use a mixture of white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, and sweet chocolate chips for the best chocolate chip banana bread recipe. Use a combined 2 cups of chocolate chips and sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking.
This delicious chocolate chip banana bread tastes even better with some added nuts! Try adding half a cup of chopped pecans, toasted walnuts, almonds, or brazil nuts to the mixture.
Chocolate chip banana bread muffins
You can easily make muffins with this chocolate chip and mashed banana mixture. Simply divide the batter into a muffin tin and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
🥗 What to serve with
Peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread is a great recipe for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack and can be eaten as it is or with some jam, syrup, or whipped cream. Although if you want to serve it with other recipes, give these easy creations a go.
If you want something a bit lighter to accompany the banana bread, whip up these easy Aunt Jemima fluffy pancakes. Stack them high with some melted unsalted butter and maple syrup for the perfect combo.
I love muffins for breakfast or lunch, and these delicious bacon, egg, and cheese muffins are the best. They take less than an hour to make using pantry staples and are brilliant for on-the-go snacking.
Baked egg and avocado
For a more substantial meal, serve the banana bread with an egg baked in avocado. This simple recipe is healthy, filling, and delicious. You can even add bacon bits or cheese on top.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
What is the best type of chocolate for this banana bread?
The best type of chocolate to use in this recipe is semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you only have regular chocolate chips in the cabinet or dark chocolate chips, it will still turn out delicious.
Can bananas be too ripe for banana bread?
No, bananas can never be too ripe for banana bread. In fact, the riper the banana, the more flavor it will add to the bread.
Why is my banana bread not fluffy?
One of the main reasons your chocolate chip banana bread isn't fluffy and light can be because of overworking the batter, which causes the bread not to rise. You should only combine the dry and wet ingredients a little and then pour the batter into the prepared pan.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
The best part about this chocolate chip banana bread recipe is that it can be stored in many ways without losing its texture and flavor.
Room temperature - This banana bread recipe can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container, for up to 7 days.
Fridge - If you want your banana bread to last a little longer, you can store it in the fridge for up to 10 days. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in foil or plastic wrap.
Freezer - This chocolate chip banana bread freezes well and can be stored for up to 3 months. To freeze, allow the bread to cool completely, then wrap tightly in several layers of foil or plastic wrap. When you're ready to eat it, thaw overnight on the counter or in the fridge. The bread can also be reheated from frozen.
Reheating - You don't need to reheat this bread to enjoy it, but if you want to spread some butter on top, you can easily reheat it in a preheated oven, toaster, microwave, or frying pan until warm.
🍳 Related comfort food recipes
If you like this peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread you should try on of these comfort food recipes including my pizza monkey bread and classic monkey bread recipe.
👪 Serving size
This recipe for peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread makes 10 to 12 servings, depending on how thick you cut them. It's a brilliant recipe for scaling and freezing, which is great for when you have extra guests.
I love banana bread for many reasons, but this variation with peanut butter and chocolate is easy to follow and results in a delicious, fluffy loaf of bread that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. It's a hit with my family, and I am sure it will be with yours too! Enjoy!
🎥 Watch how to make it
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 medium bananas - overripe, mashed
- ¾ cup peanut butter - creamy
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅓ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and grease a standard-sized loaf pan. Line the bottom with baking paper, then grease the paper.
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, then set aside.
- Use an electric mixer, and mix the ripe bananas, peanut butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, honey, buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl until well combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the flour and gently stir together with a rubber spatula until just combined,
- Then add chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick test comes back clean. After about 40 minutes, check the bread often to make sure the top isn't browning too much - if it is, just place a foil tent over the top.
- Remove the banana bread from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.
I made this but altered it a little... used crunchy peanutbutter instead of creamy, added a teaspoon of baking powder in addition to the baking soda... and substituted some sour cream and 1/2 & 1/2 in place of buttermilk... then I baked them as muffins and they came out great!
Can i use stevia instead of sugar n brown sugar?
Which is it? Video shows 2 regular loaf pans- photo shows 1 extra large loaf pan. Directions say 1 standard loaf pan. ?????
Your recipe sounds soooooo good. Only question I have is can other ingredients be added to make this
eatable and safe for those that have type 2 diabetes?
Seems every time I try a recipe that is to be good for those w/diabetes it tastes terrible. I love baking and
this is becoming a real issue for me. Thank you...
I am a bit confused. Your video shows that you put the batter in 2 pans. Recipe says 1 pan. This makes a huge difference on how it bakes. Which is it?? 1 or 2 pans???
No fan, regular pan. Am trying again Sunday. Thinking of using hand mixer when adding dry to wet to combine more thoroughly.
I baked for 50 minutes and it was already too dry. The inside however was wet with ingredients. Have to mix better next time and really watch the timer. It was tasty though, albeit a bit dry. Thanks!