Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Sweet and moist banana bread full of yummy chocolate and peanut butter, it’s basically cake you can eat for breakfast!

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread


 

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Spring is here! I don’t know about the rest of the world but it’s been absolutely gorgeous here in the UK, we had one day of grey weather but the rest of the last week has been beautifully sunny! It’s been cold and windy some days, but as long as the sun is out I’m happy! Today is gonna be an absolute scorcher though and I’m not too fond of that, I wilt like a flower in the heat! Of course, my idea of too hot is probably a nice, mild day for lots of people! 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

 

Technically I don’t do well in the sun either, hot or not, because of my lupus the sun drains me of energy quicker than usual, but I can’t help it, I love it when it’s sunny! I don’t talk about my health problems much on this blog, mostly because it really doesn’t have much to do with baking – but sometimes it does. I’ve been a bit absent recently and may be again soon, and that’s because I just don’t physically have the energy to be blogging much lately. Those of you that blog know how much work goes into it, and while my health hasn’t been getting worse lately I have been a lot busier! After work and the social commitments I have lately (a few friends are getting married this summer), I have little energy left for the blog. Which makes me sad, because I love doing it so much! But on Thursday last week I was stressing over the fact I had to get a post out for Friday and I hadn’t even finished editing the photos, yet I was so exhausted I could barely sit up – I was almost in tears over the thought of having to get the post out. Which made me realise that’s not why I do this,  as much as I’d love for this to be my full time, paid job, it isn’t – it’s a hobby that I have to work around the rest of my life and the job that pays my bills, and if it’s not fun I shouldn’t be doing it! So I decided to take the weekend off. It made me sad that I couldn’t get a post out on my usual day, but now I’m back and a bit more refreshed, much less stressed and with (what I think are) good photos and hopefully a good post for you. And, most importantly, I’m enjoying it! 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

 

And this recipe is totally worth the wait! With all the sweetness and chocolatey goodness in this, I did consider calling it cake rather than banana bread – but if I call it banana bread that means we can eat it for breakfast, so banana bread won! And even though there’s lots of sugar, chocolate and peanut butter there is still lots of banana goodness in it, so while it’s not healthy it’s not all bad either! 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I had a few bananas that were nice and over ripe and just asking to be made into banana bread. I almost made another Mango Banana Bread but I was having a chocolate craving, and we all know how well chocolate and banana go together so chocolate banana bread it was. Until I saw the jar of peanut butter in the cupboard that is! Most of the peanut butter yumminess can’t be seen in the bread, I added the dollops to get little hits of extra peanut butter goodness, and to feed the eyes! All of the chocolate flavour in the bread comes from cocoa powder, just like the peanut butter dollops, the chocolate chips on top are for an extra hit and another treat for the eyes!

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Like most banana breads this is nice and simple to make. You mash the bananas with peanut butter and beat in the eggs, oil and sour cream, stir in the flour, cocoa and sugar and pour into your prepared baking tins and bake! Easy! This recipe makes two loaves using a 15cm/1lb Loaf Pan {affiliate link}, but you could make it into one larger loaf – you would just need to bake for a bit longer. And what you end up with is a beautifully moist and delicious loaf filled with lots of different and complimenting flavours! You can eat it for breakfast, dessert or as a snack – it’s going to make everybody very happy! 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread
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Moist and delicious banana bread filled with lots of chocolate and peanut butter goodness! Perfect for breakfast, dessert or a snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 200g plain flour (all purpose)
  2. 80g cocoa powder
  3. 100g caster sugar (super fine granulated sugar)
  4. 100g brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 3 over ripe bananas
  9. 250g peanut butter (crunchy of smooth), divided into 150g & 100g
  10. 120ml vegetable oil
  11. 1 tsp white vinegar
  12. 2 large eggs
  13. 60ml sour cream
  14. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  15. 80g semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170C/325F. Lightly grease two non stick 1lb loaf tins, or one 2lb loaf tin.
  2. Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugars, baking powder, bicarb and cinnamon to a large bowl, lightly whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Mash the bananas with 150g of the peanut butter until smooth with a few small banana lumps.
  4. Beat in the oil and vinegar until combined.
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in the sour cream, and vanilla until combined.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until fully combined, do not over mix.
  7. Fill each loaf pan halfway with batter, the dollop half of the remaining 100g peanut butter over the batter of each (so 50g shared between the two pans). Pour over remaining batter equally. Then dollop the other half of the peanut butter (the remaining 50g) over the top, using a knife to swirl it around if desired.
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of each loaf, approx 40g on each (you don't need to be exact here, just go with what looks good to you).
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until well risen and a skewer comes out clean. Cover loaves with foil for last 20 minutes of baking to stop chocolate burning.
  10. Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack to cool.
  11. Can be enjoyed warm or cold.
Notes
  1. I used creamy peanut butter in mine, but crunchy would be just as good if that's what you prefer/have.
  2. If you don't have sour cream you can also use greek yogurt or buttermilk, just substitute like for like.
  3. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days
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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Photography update: I’m definitely starting to like my photos more and more as time goes on, I guess that’s to expected (or hoped for) when you’re actively trying to improve. I do wish I had cleared up most of the crumbs in these shots before taking the photos, but hindsight is a wonderful thing! But other than that I don’t have too many complaints about these photos, which is a miracle (I am my own worst critic after all). I love this back drop too. I had some plain pine wood planks from my mum’s work that I painted this blue/teal colour and while I loved the colour it all just looked too clean and uniform so I rarely used them. So I decided to attempt to distress them myself, it’s not perfect but considering I only had a sheet of sandpaper and a screwdriver I think it looks pretty good and I love the look it gave these photos! After some advice from Anjana @ At The Corner of Happy and Harried I have since lightly coated them in a wood stain, and I love the look that has given them! I haven’t used them as a backdrop yet, but hopefully you’ll see them soon! 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread

 

I hope you’re having a lovely week and the sun is out wherever you are! Today I’m going to get my haircut and then hopefully attempt macarons for the umpteenth time, so wish me luck! If I take a while to reply to your comments it’s probably because I’m yelling at my oven or sobbing on the kitchen floor while failed macarons mock me – or, if you’re optimistic, I’m running down the streets yelling “I did it!!” while throwing beautiful macarons at passersby as they clap and cheer and kids argue over who would win in a fight, me or Martha Stewart!  

 

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14 comments

  1. Ginger says:

    I know how you feel about stressing over a post – especially when you’re wasting your time over macarons … I’ve done it, couldn’t let go until I had a set that could be photographed, and never tried again. It had to be done.
    In many ways I’m glad I don’t have to do this for a living, and that I CAN take a break if I don’t feel like writing.
    Thanks for sharing this with us at FF – it’s what I enjoy most about the parties, the idea that you can share your failures as much as your successes.
    LOVING the banana bread, btw 😉

    • Michelle @ Giraffes Can Bake says:

      Yeah, in some ways I’d love to do this for a living but it is nice to be able to take breaks when I need to – but I guess if it was my job I wouldn’t need as many breaks since I wouldn’t be doing another job on top of it haha!
      That is always a problem with creative jobs though, you run into trouble if you’re having a block!

      Thank you!

  2. arlene@arl's world says:

    Did you say chocolate and peanut butter? I’m down!! Anything chocolate and peanut butter combination has my vote 🙂 This bread looks and sounds wonderful. A keeper for sure! Hope you have a great week!!

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