This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread is the most delicious and easiest banana bread. A warm slice of this will right many wrongs.
Last week really knocked me out. Just when the kids finally bounced back from the flu, I got strep throat. No fun, no fun at all.
In the past, this would have meant complete disaster in my single parent household. However, my kids are finally old enough to hold down the fort for a couple days while I give feverish instructions from bed.
Well, mostly. When the antibiotics finally kicked in, I emerged from the bedroom to find my house looked like a bomb had gone off. Sigh.
But despite all the sore throat suffering last week, there was a silver lining. I was reminded, once again, that one of the best things I’ve done as a parent is make sure my kids know their way around the kitchen.
Some of my kids enjoy cooking and baking more than others, but all three of my girls can make eggs any way you like them. I’m calling that a success!
Adelaide, my 8 (but almost 9) year old loves being in the kitchen. She makes a pot of oatmeal nearly every morning and a batch of muffins nearly every afternoon. I love it!
About a month ago she started experimenting with banana bread recipes. For weeks now we’ve enjoyed warm banana bread courtesy of Ada several times a week.
There’s been banana bread with blueberries, banana bread with chocolate, banana bread with yogurt, and once banana bread without any baking soda/baking powder (oops!). She’s had a lot of fun with it!
Her favorite version though was this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread. She made it for the first time about three weeks ago and it’s been in heavy rotation here ever since. A warm slice of Ada’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread makes the most delicious after school snack!
Ada’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread is the most delicious and easiest to make quick bread. It’s only a handful of ingredients, most of them from the pantry.
Ada makes it with yogurt, which ensures that this loaf of banana bread will be perfectly moist and tender. She also uses coconut oil, just a little bit healthier than butter, and it adds a real richness to the banana flavors of the bread.
But for Ada, it all comes together with the dark chocolate chunks and the peanut butter chips. If you were looking for delicious, this is where it’s at!
The Best Part!
But, believe it or not, the dark chocolate and peanut butter are not the best part of this banana bread. The best part isn’t even the swirl of honey and butter on a hot out of the oven slice of this tasty bread. It’s close, but no.
The best part of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread is that it can be made in just ONE BOWL. And when you’re letting your 8 year old cook this on a regular basis, easy clean up is everything.
I’m still working on getting her to rinse the bowl when she’s done so I’m not scraping sticky dried banana off the sides hours later, but at least it’s just the one bowl. Delicious, yes, but also easy, and that’s the best part.
Now, go grab your blackest, smushiest bananas and turn them into this wonderful loaf. You won’t be sorry!
- 3 to 4 large, very ripe bananas (about 1½ cups) mashed
- ¼ cup whole milk plain yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- ½ cup sugar (or honey)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- a generous ½ cup peanut butter chips
- a generous ½ cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a standard loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the yogurt, eggs, vanilla, oil, and sugar (or honey).
- Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until combined. Fold in the chocolate and peanut butter chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until center is set and loaf is golden. Cool the loaf in pan for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack. If you want it to cut smoothly, let it cool for another 30 minutes. If you want to eat a hot, gooey slice of delicious banana bread right away, don't let me stop you.