Peanut Butter Banana Bread


If your house is anything like mine, you are still knee deep in Halloween candy.  I let my son have one piece of candy in his lunch, and then if he is lucky he can have another piece after dinner.  Needless to say, it lasts a really long time around here.

This bread is perfect for those leftover Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  If you haven’t stashed them away for yourself, that is.  Or maybe that is just me :)  The bread also uses up those browning bananas you have on the counter or stashed in your freezer.  See, I am here to help! And because it is me, and I don’t know when to stop I added a layer of Nutella on top.  Jean made this Nutella Banana Bread, and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind.

I am not usually a big fan of plain banana bread.  There is just too much banana flavor.  I realize that doesn’t make much sense.  I like bananas, but only every once in awhile.  So when I saw this recipe that added peanut butter to the batter I was exited to give it a try.  There is still a hint of banana in the background, but the peanut butter really shines through.  And then every once in awhile you get a bite with a peanut butter cup, and you are in heaven!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and a Nutella Swirl!

15 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 3 medium over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz bag of Reese’s Mini cups (or 1 cup chopped Peanut Butter Cups)
  • 1/4 cup Nutella


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8x4 inch loaf pan liberally with non stick spray.
  2. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl mix together bananas, peanut butter, canola oil, egg, sugar and brown sugar. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Fold in the peanut butter cups.
  3. Spread the batter into your prepared pan. Drop spoonfuls of Nutella across the top, and swirl into the batter. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool. After 20 minutes, you can remove from pan, and place directly on the wire rack to cool completely.


Adapted from Cookies and Cups




  1. I think PB + Banana is one of the best flavor combos out there. This bread looks perfect!

  2. Oh, hello. Glorious!!

  3. BOOYAH! I totally have a pb banana bread coming up in the next month. DELICIOUS!

  4. I don’t have any reese’s cups left overs, the kids took most of them, but that means a shopping trip is in the future.
    Love pairing peanut butter and banana, mmm

  5. OK, for a peanut butter FREAK like me this looks like total heaven!!

  6. I’m not a plain banana bread fan either, but this is anything but plain! I’d inhale the entire loaf in one sitting. 😀

  7. I have a bag of mini peanut butter cups in my pantry,,,how did you know,lol!!

  8. My husband will love me forever when I make this for him!!

  9. This bread is pretty much perfect with peanut butter and chocolate!

  10. I do the same thing with my kids… one in the lunch box and one with dinner if they eat all their veggies. :) I love using up the candy… it’s just too tempting sitting around for me. :) This banana bread look wonderful.

  11. I love PB & banana bread, what a great use for leftover candy!

  12. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I take any kind of banana bread and now you gave me an idea of what to make next :)love this!

  13. Oh lordy, this looks incredible! And I have a ton of bananas to use up!

  14. Great flavor combo! I’d have to buy some peanut butter cups since the neighborhood my son trick-or-treated in didn’t give any out. Not even one. I need to make a loaf of this soon.

  15. Wow, bananas, peanut butter cups, and Nutella? Can’t get much better than that!

  16. What a great use of leftover candy! Fantastic idea with a bread that I love!

  17. Looks like a tasty bread, I’m a pb and banana lover so this could be dangerous.

  18. Love this – very interesting!!! How cleaver are you? Bet it did not last long in your household. Delish!

  19. I so wanted to try it, it looks delicious and tasty, yummy

  20. Mmmm, this looks fantastic + what a fabulous use of leftover halloween candy! genius. =)

  21. What a delicious idea for leftover candy! Looks moist and delicious!

  22. You are killing me with these candy recipes, I want all of them!! This combination of flavors is to die for.

  23. I just got a pingback on this post–how odd since it’s from a couple of months ago. Anyway, love what you’ve done with the banana bread. I love peanut butter cups–would have never thought to add them to banana bread but this is brilliant, especially with the peanut butter.

    • I am going through and changing the recipe format on all my old recipes. Apparently lots of people will be getting pingbacks over the next month!

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