Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Streusel Banana Bread is a decadent twist on my Healthier Classic Banana Bread recipe, and it’s perfect for a sweet breakfast treat or an easy dessert!
Table of Contents
- Ingredients Needed:
- How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Streusel Banana Bread
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Streusel Banana Bread FAQs
- Tips and Notes
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Streusel Banana Bread Variations
- Serving Suggestions
- More Quick Bread Recipes to Try
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Streusel Banana Bread Recipe
Firstly, I want you to know I tried to talk myself out of it. I really did.
I told myself that you’ve seen enough banana bread recipes, and I just don’t need another.
And besides, no one is making banana bread this time of year. They’re making salad and low-calorie everything to make up for all of the holiday naughtiness. And I probably should be, too.
But the day I made this banana bread—rather than making supper, naturally—I took it out of the oven, and the streusel was just calling to me, and I couldn’t ignore it.
I mean, I LOVE banana bread, but I just don’t know if there’s anything much better than crumbly streusel.
Except for maybe this peanut butter streusel. It’s SO good, I think this might actually be my favorite banana bread!
The chocolate chips? They’re basically just for looks.
You can totally stir some into your batter if you want to go all out. And you know I won’t judge you for doing something like that.
This time though, I just wanted a nice, moist, plain banana bread with a little treat on top.
I am also totally one of those people who eats the top bit last. It’s like a dessert for your dessert—or your breakfast or afternoon snack! Bananas and peanut butter are perfectly acceptable breakfast foods.
If you’re wanting more banana bread recipes, check out my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe, or Blueberry Banana Bread. My Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is also a great quick bread recipe for using up leftover fruit!
- Bananas: you’ll need ripe or overripe bananas for this bread to have the best flavor.
- Butter: use unsalted butter, as we’ll be adding salt. If you only have salted butter to hand, don’t add as much salt.
- Sugar: use white granulated sugar for the bread, and then soft brown sugar for the streusel topping.
- Eggs, Milk, and Baking Soda: they will help the bread to rise and be nice and fluffy. Use any kind of milk you have from whole milk, lower-fat milk, dairy-free milk, or even plain yogurt if you prefer.
- Flavorings: vanilla extract and ground cinnamon give the bread an irresistibly warm, spiced flavor.
- Peanut Butter: I normally use smooth peanut butter for this banana bread, but you can use crunchy too for a bit of extra texture. Creamy peanut butter will give the streusel that creamy flavor, but natural peanut butter will work as well.
- Flour: whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour is fine for the streusel, all-purpose flour will work best for the banana bread.
- Oil: you can use canola oil or another neutral-flavored oil. Coconut oil will work too!
- Chocolate Chips: these are optional for the topping, or you can mix them into the bread as well. Any kind will do!
How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Streusel Banana Bread
You’ll find a detailed recipe down in the recipe card.
- Mash bananas. Mash your peeled bananas in a bowl. I like to use a potato masher to do this!
- Add butter and sugar. Whisk the butter and sugar with the bananas.
- Add wet ingredients. Stir in eggs, milk and vanilla extract until combined.
- Add dry ingredients. Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and stir until just combined. Spread into prepared loaf pan and set aside.
- Make streusel. Combine peanut butter, brown sugar, and flour. Add oil and mix with your hands, a fork, or a pastry cutter if you prefer. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Add streusel and bake. Sprinkle on top of batter in loaf pan and press down gently. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Streusel Banana Bread FAQs
For the best flavor, your bananas should have lots of brown spots on them. If you’re wanting to make bananas but don’t have any brown ones yet, you can brown them quickly by leaving them in a cupboard or another dark, cool place overnight.
Store banana bread once it has completely cooled in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Allow it to cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge.
Yes! You can freeze banana bread in individual slices, or as a whole loaf. Just wait until it has cooled completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Tips and Notes
- Ripe bananas. Make banana bread when you have ripe or overripe bananas. Use bananas that have brown spots on them, or even if they’re completely brown. If you’ve got extra bananas, let them get really brown and then put them in the freezer. This way you’ll have some the next time you need them!
- Muffins. You can make homemade muffins with this recipe as well, simply add the batter to muffin cases in a muffin tin and reduce the baking time accordingly.
- Milk. I actually used almond milk because I had some in the fridge to be used up. Whole milk, lower-fat milk, or plain yogurt would work fine too.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Streusel Banana Bread Variations
- Chocolate Chips. Try swapping the chocolate chips for butterscotch, peanut butter, or salted caramel chips. They all taste amazing with the banana flavor.
- Spices. Add a pinch of nutmeg, ginger, or cloves to the cinnamon. You can leave out the cinnamon entirely if you prefer, the banana bread will still taste amazing!
- Yogurt. You can swap the plain yogurt for sour cream here, whichever you have to hand is great and both will add a bit of tang to the bread instead of using milk.
- Drizzle. Top with a drizzle of melted chocolate or icing for an extra special finish!
This banana bread is so delicious, it’s perfect to have for breakfast with a Cold Brew Coffee or glass of milk in the morning.
Warm a slice up in the microwave for a few seconds and spread some butter on it for an afternoon snack, or drizzle it with icing, or serve it warm with a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream for a delicious dessert.
More Quick Bread Recipes to Try
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Streusel Banana Bread
- 3 bananas mashed
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter or crunchy
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ cup chocolate chips optional
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 × 5-inch loaf pan.
- Place peeled bananas in a large bowl and mash.
- Add the melted butter and sugar to the banana mixture and stir together with a whisk. Stir in eggs, milk, and vanilla until combined.
- Add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and stir until just combined (don’t overmix). Spread into prepared loaf pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, brown sugar, and flour. Add just enough oil to make it crumbly, like a streusel. I like to use my hands to do this, but you could use a fork or pastry cutter if you prefer. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Sprinkle the streusel on top of the bread batter in the loaf pan and press down gently.
- Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour in your preheated oven, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the loaf cool in the pan for a couple of minutes before taking it out of the pan, then let it cool on a wire rack for a bit longer before slicing it to avoid the slices being too crumbly.
- Store: Store banana bread once it has completely cooled in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Allow it to cool to room temperature before putting it in the fridge.
- Freeze: Freeze banana bread in individual slices, or as a whole loaf. Just wait until it has cooled completely, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then put it in a freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
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Recipe adapted from My Recipes.
I just made some banana bread/muffins the other day too! I have to say I love your version much better. You can’t beat the peanut butter and banana combo and the streusel on top sound amazing!
Thanks Danielle! I just made a plain loaf last night — we love any variation!
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says
I love streusel topping too. It’s just so good. This banana bread looks so moist and soft. I would love to slap some butter on it and have it with my coffee. And we can always use banana bread recipes. 🙂
Haha, thanks Cyndi!
There are never enough banana bread recipes..EVER! I’m so glad you shared this, Ashley, because it looks beyond amazing. Pinning to try! 🙂
This bread looks absolutely wonderful! I love the struesel topping!!!
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
That’s a completely acceptable breakfast food! Whole wheat, peanut butter and bananas. All breakfast-y things. And I will always be on board with chocolate for breakfast too! This banana bread looks amazing, I love streusel, and peanut butter chocolate chip streusel sounds even better!
Haha, thanks Stacey! Love that you’re on board 🙂
Christina @ Bake with Christina says
What an awesome flavor combination! All that peanut butter, chocolate, and banana have GOT to be amazing together!! Pinned 🙂
Thanks Christina! It’s a classic 🙂
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
I eat the tops last too! You’ve gotta save the best for last. This banana bread might be the end all of all other banana breads. Peanut butter and banana go so good together, and that streusel topping is amazing!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
We’re twinning with our posts today! NEVER talk yourself out of a peanut butter and chocolate combo… sooo good. Loving those flavors with banana bread, sounds right up my alley 🙂
Haha, so true! You know what they say about great minds… 😉
Renee@Two in the Kitchen says
This bread combines some of my favorite things: chocolate, peanut butter and bread!! Love it! 🙂
Haha, mine too! Thanks Renee!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says
Well I am certainly so glad that you did not talk yourself out of making this because it is perfection!
Haha, thanks Jocelyn!
Annie @Maebells says
Yes!! Great minds think alike! 🙂 I love banana bread! And chocolate AND peanut butter just makes it better! What is it about quick breads that are so comforting?! I love them!
So true! And I think banana bread of any variety is my favorite!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
There can never be too many banana breads especially ones that look this amazing! I love the glorious streusel and chocolate chips you piled on top of this, looks absolutely mouthwatering!
Thanks for the vote of confidence Kelly! Lol
Shashi @ runninsrilankan says
Lady – I am just beside myself with drool!!! That peanut butter streusel is INSANELY BRILLIANT!!!! Yes, you are right – it should never, ever, ever be ignored! Wonderful loaf – I wish I could come over for a slice because a whole loaf of this would not be safe near me!
Haha, thanks Shashi! Streusel goes on everything!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
dude, this banana bread looks a-ma-zing!!! you can post a banana bread recipe anytime of the year in my book!!! esp when peanut butter and chocolate chips are involved!!
Ah, banana bread is my favorite. Love the streusel topping on yours though. Will definitely add this next time I bake a banana bread.
Thanks Shinee! Definitely my favorite too!
Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says
Wow, the crumbly topping on this bread looks so fantastic! Is it weird that even though I am trying to eat healthier (salads and low-calorie everything, as you said, boo-hoo), I still appreciate LOOKING at fabulous, delicious, buttery foods? I need to stalk fabulous, rich food in order to survive this season of salads. Thanks for coming through! 🙂 (Well, I might make this anyway. A girl can’t live on quinoa and carrots alone.)
Haha, that’s too funny Michelle! I could never just look — which means I should probably start baking a little less… Lol
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
Keep the banana bread coming. Especially when it involved peanut butter and chocolate chips! Holy moly I want to eat the whole loaf. And I would totally eat the top pet last too because it’s the best part. Yum.
Thanks Amanda! I couldn’t resist 🙂
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
Now that looks like a good bread! Great flavor combo.
Hope the new year is treating you well and you’re enjoying the time with new little one!
Thanks Melanie! We’re doing well 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I think this might just be my favorite bread EVER, Ashley! Absolutely love this! Definitely all of my favorite ingredients combined into one. Love the streusel topping, too. Pinned!
Thanks Gayle! It’s hard to go wrong with banana bread 🙂
June Burns says
Mmm that sounds like my kind of banana bread! Anything with peanut butter + chocolate in it has to be good 🙂
I most definitely agree! Thanks 🙂