I, like most other humans I have come into contact with, absolutely love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter together.  In fact, I may be so bold to say that it is my favorite flavor combination of all.  Peanut butter alone is a food item that I cannot go more than a couple of days without enjoying in some form or another.  I will never outgrow bringing a plain old PB & J sandwich for lunch.  This Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing is a tribute to my love of peanut butter and chocolate.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Sour cream is a key ingredient in my mom’s banana bread recipe that keeps the bread extremely moist for days.  This Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing incorporates that same magic ingredient to give the super chocolatey bread a cake-like texture.  Rather than incorporating peanut butter directly into the batter, I elected to make a simple peanut butter frosting that really takes this bread over the top and into dessert territory.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

The semisweet chocolate chips that are mixed into the batter for Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing remain whole through baking so that each bite gives you s satisfying amount of richness.  To top it all off, I just happened to have about 1/4 cup of Mini Reese’s Pieces in my baking stash, so I couldn’t resist sprinkling them over the freshly frosted bread.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 9X5\" loaf (about 12 servings)

1/12 of loaf

Moist, tender and chocolatey banana bread packed with chocolate chips and drizzled with a smooth peanut butter icing

Ingredients

    For the bread:
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tbsp unsalted butter) room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large overripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the frosting and decoration:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Mini Reese's Pieces

Instructions

    For the bread:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9X5" loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add bananas and mix well.
  5. Add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
  6. Add flour, cocoa powder and baking soda and mix well.
  7. Mix in chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted into center of bread comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
  10. For the frosting:
  11. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave peanut butter for 30 seconds until runny. Stir sugar and milk into peanut butter and mix until combined.
  12. Drizzle over top of bread and top with Mini Reese's Pieces.
  13. Recipe adapted from Peanut Butter Comfort by Averie Sunshine

Notes

Per slice (1/12 of loaf) Fat: 12g Calories: 244 Carbohydrates: 33g

cream butter and sugar together

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add bananas

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add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix

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add dry ingredients, then chocolate chips and mix well

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bake, then drizzle with icing once cooled

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

This recipe is adapted from a cookbook that I literally want to make every recipe from.  Peanut Butter Comfort by Averie Sunshine is so visually and descriptively appetizing that I was giddy with excitement upon perusing it for the first time.

Peanut Butter Comfort Review

Peanut Butter Comfort has recipes for breakfast, bars, cookies, no-bake treats and candies most of which star peanut butter as the key ingredient.  There is a large, bright photo with every single recipe, which I love because I like to have a visual before I begin a recipe anytime I can.  Next up on my list of what to make from this cookbook will be either Peanut Butter & Jelly Puff Pastry Pinwheels (how fun would these be for breakfast??),

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Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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or these Marshmallow Butterscotch Fluffernutter Bars.

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*Skyhorse Publishing provided me with a review copy of the book, but all opinions are, as always, my own.

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12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Liz
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    This looks amazing Mercedes! Love the combination as well 🙂

    Reply

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    I love Averie’s cookbook SO SO SO much!! She is so talented. The descriptions, the photos, the recipes! Everything is an A+++! I want to make everything in that book. Plus this bread. I LOVE it and it is right up my alley. Nothing beats PB, chocolate, and banana!

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    • Mercedes
      Jun 27, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      I know, Averie’s cookbook is truly one of my new favorites and I am not exaggerating when I say I want to make every single one of the recipes in it! I can’t wait for your cookbook so that I can add to my list of “favorites”!!

      Reply

  3. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

    Banana, chocolate AND peanut butter? Sounds like a winner!

    Reply

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Jun 26, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Thanks for featuring my recipe and book, Mercedes! Your bread turned out so rich, fudgy, dark, and beautiful looking! I love the Reese’s Pieces you put on top! They’ve gotta be so good and just boost the overall PB level, even more 🙂

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jun 27, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      I’m glad you approve of how my bread from your cookbook turned out Averie! My review was honest and heartfelt, I have found a new favorite in Peanut Butter Comfort! Congratulations on your success!

      Reply

  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    This banana bread looks amazing! Love the chocolate, peanut butter, and banana combination!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jun 27, 2013 @ 9:07 am

      Thank you Jessica! It’s a stretch to call this “bread” and not “cake” with all of the yummy ingredients and embellishments, but whatever you want to call it, it is delicious!

      Reply

  6. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Jun 27, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    This looks truly decadent! I’m a fool for Reece’s pieces!

    Reply

  7. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    I made this the other day and it came out AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂 I blogged about it today:
    http://tinaschic.com/2014/01/double-chocolate-banana-bread-with-peanut-butter-icing/
    I look forward to trying some of your other recipes!

    Reply

    • Mercedes
      Jan 14, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

      Thanks for letting me know how much you liked the bread and for referencing my blog Tina!

      Reply

  8. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    Also, I just started following you on twitter and pinterest. 🙂

    Reply

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