Peanut and Chocolate Banana Bread

chocoate peanut banana bread

What do you get when you cross a Reese’s peanut butter cup with a peanut butter and banana sandwich? That would be my peanut and chocolate banana bread.

Sadly, I have a tree nut allergy, so nuts will never be a part of the recipes on My Dad Butters His Bacon.  The saddest part of of my tree nut allergy is that I developed it later in life and therefore I know what I am missing.  The severity of my allergy would be considered mild; my tongue and throat start to tingle and become ever so slightly swollen.  It is not life threatening and I have been tempted to eat a handful of cashews, however I am quickly reminded that more exposure may increase the severity of the allergy and we can all agree that would be a bad thing.

peanut plant

The savior to my tree nut allergy is that (for me at least) peanuts are okay. Contrary to popular belief, peanuts are actually a legume and grow under ground.  I recall having an argument years ago with a man who insisted that he had visited a peanut farm while on vacation in Hawaii and had seen peanuts growing on trees.  I am not sure what he actually saw, but it certainly was not a peanut tree!

Peanuts have become a staple in my cooking and baking and I commonly substitute them for whichever type of tree nut the recipe calls for.

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Peanut and Chocolate Banana Bread
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Bananas are a great base because they keep the loaf moist. This loaf is like a cross between a Reese's peanut butter cup and a peanut butter banana sandwich!
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Cuisine: Baking
Serves: 1 loaf
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe bananas (approximately 2 medium bananas)
  • ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add mashed bananas and peanut butter and blend in.
  5. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer the batter to a greased loaf pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let the loaf sit in the pan for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the loaf from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.


peanut chocolate banana loaf

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