Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Chips

To say that we go through a lot of bananas in this house would be an understatement. They are one of Gwenny’s favorite foods, but since some weeks are crazier than others, we don’t always get to them. I started making banana muffins and banana bread so that the over ripe bananas would not go to waste. Once I had found a recipe for the bread that was fast, easy, and addictively delicious, I decided to make it a little bit more interesting by adding some peanut butter chips. They were calling my name at the grocery store and I was determined to put them into something. And as you can see by the picture below, Gwenny also approves of this recipe.


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter chips (can be increased to your desired level of peanuttiness…I just made a word!)

Preheat the oven to 350.

Butter a 4×8 inch bread pan.

If you have a mixer, you can be lazy like me and use it. If you don’t have one, you can certainly mix all of this by hand and give yourself a nice little arm workout.

Mix together the melted butter and mashed bananas. Once well mixed, add the sugar, egg, and vanilla and stir. Add the baking soda and a pinch of salt. Incorporate 1/2 of a cup of flour at a time and mix in between each addition until you have added all 1 1/2 cups. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for an hour. I noticed my bread was getting a little dark after about 45 minutes, so I covered it with aluminum foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. You can check the doneness by use the same method of checking any other baked good and insert a toothpick in the center to make sure it comes out clean.

Once the bread is finished baking, let the pan cool on a rack until cool enough to handle. Flip the pan and let the bread cool on the rack until you are ready to eat. The bread will keep in a plastic bag or container for several days…but it won’t last that long.


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