PB & J Banana Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 14 slices

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Sometimes I feel like I should make you a quick bread that doesn’t involve bananas. Like maybe you need a little more variety than I do.

I am a huge banana bread lover.

But I promise I’ll try to break my own mold a little and bring you something entirely different.

For now, though, this banana bread.

pb & j banana bread with two slices cut drizzled with pink glaze

I feel like I’m probably alone in this, but I’ve never had a PB & J sandwich in my life.


Not once.

I’m not joking. My mom enjoys her PB & J. My dad tells himself that he hates peanut butter. So I was stuck somewhere in between.

I like peanut butter desserts. I like Reeses Pieces. Basically, I like peanut butter when combined with even more sugar.

But I can’t say that I’ve ever even combined peanut butter with fruit in a dessert or quick bread in my life. I guess it was time then.

two slices of peanut butter and jelly banana bread up close with pink glaze

I had been eyeing up this Peanut Butter Banana Bread from Cooking Light for quite some time. And since my double batch of granola bars was starting to dwindle, I thought I had better do some baking.

But since I’m not much of a peanut-butter-by-itself kind of person, I wanted to add a little something extra. Of course, I immediately think chocolate. But I thought that was a little too obvious.

I realized I’d never seen a PB & J banana bread before, and I thought I’d give it a try. This was a pretty brave move for me, considering how I had never had any type of PB & J before in my life.

I am slowly coming around. The jam adds such a nice moisture and subtle fruitiness, without being overly sweet. The peanut butter flavour isn’t too strong, so it’s a nice way to ease me into my PB & J future. To top it all off, the strawberry jam glaze adds a little extra fruitiness and a nice pop of colour.

Give it a try — and be sure to let me know what you think!

Love peanut butter and banana? Try this Peanut Butter Streusel Banana Bread next!

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PB & J Banana Bread

5 from 1 vote
Taking banana bread to a whole new level with peanut butter and jam!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Cuisine American
Course Bread and Baked Goods
Servings 14 slices
Calories 216cal


For the bread

  • 3 overripe bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • heaping ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or substitute all-purpose
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup strawberry or other jam

For the glaze

  • 1 tbsp jam
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×5″ loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas with a whisk. Add yogurt, peanut butter, oil and eggs and whisk until fairly smooth. Add sugars and whisk until combined.
  • Add flour, flax, baking soda and cinnamon and stir just until combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Spread half of the batter in the bottom of the loaf pan. Spoon half of the jam over the batter in teaspoonfuls and swirl gently with a knife. Top with remaining batter and swirl remaining jam on top of that.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until top is golden brown and then cover with a piece of tin foil sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake another 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • For the glaze, heat jam and milk in a small bowl in the microwave until liquid. Stir in icing sugar with a whisk and drizzle over bread.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 216cal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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Adapted from Cooking Light.

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Sonya Rogers says

    what do I need the flax for,I don’t even know where to buy it Can I make it without it?????

    • Ashley says

      You can definitely make it without. Ground flax is a great source of Omega 3’s and other good stuff, so it’s a great addition to make things a little healthier. You can also sub it for flour.

  2. Karen @ From the Garden Table says

    My son who is a PB & J addict is going to flip when I make this! Love it!

  3. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas says

    Visiting from Best Of The Weekend. This looks so good, I could eat the whole thing. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would for you to stop by and share these and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  4. Librarian Lavender says

    This looks really really good! It’s indeed nice to have a bit of variety, but with the banana!

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