Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

A few weeks ago my youngest sister came over so that I could help her make Almond Biscotti for her boyfriend.  Well, I mostly sat by and supervised.  She did all the work.  (Since that time, she came over again to make those same almond biscotti for her boyfriend’s family.  Yup, they’re that good!)  We talked and laughed so much.  It was a great day in the kitchen.     🙂  I wanted to bake something for her to take home and I’d been looking for an excuse to make this quick bread.  This is the best quick bread that I’ve made so far.  Intrigued?

This is a sweet chocolate banana bread topped with peanut butter icing and miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups.

08Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing Recipe
(Makes 1 loaf)

Ingredients for Bread:

  • 1/2 cup (equivalent to 1 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour Measure your flour correctly!
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Icing:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup skim milk


  • 1/4 cup mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped

Directions for Bread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Mix in the bananas.
  5. Mix in the egg, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  6. In a sifter, sift the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda into the wet ingredients.  Mix all of the ingredients together until just combined.
  7. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake it for about 55 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Let the bread cool completely.  (This is important so the icing works properly without running all over the place.)
  10. Remove the bread from the pan.
  11. Drizzle the icing over the top of the bread.
  12. Sprinkle chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups on top.

Directions for Peanut Butter Icing:

  1. In a small bowl, microwave the peanut butter for 30 seconds or until it’s runny.
  2. Stir in the powdered sugar and milk.

Store in an air tight container on the counter, refrigerator, or freezer.


As with most recipes that call for bananas, please make sure that they are very ripe.  It simply makes it taste better.

01Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

I’m not usually a proponent of sifting the dry ingredients because I don’t think it’s necessary in most cases (as long as you measure the flour correctly).  However, I always sift cocoa powder because it seems that’s the only way to get out all the lumps.  (Imagine making hot cocoa with cold water.  No amount of stirring will ever break up the dry powder.)  Since I was dirtying the sifter, I figured I’d sift the rest of the dry ingredients.

02Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

This bread is so moist. Thank you, bananas and sour cream.     🙂

I love banana bread and I love chocolate and wait for it, I love peanut butter, so it wasn’t a stretch that a combination would be a winner.  Not only is there cocoa in this bread, but I’ve loaded it up with a lot of chocolate chips.  Oh yum, double the chocolate!

11Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

This sweet bread tastes amazing on its own so if you find you are missing ingredients and are stuck in a blizzard you don’t need to add the icing.  However, if you are a peanut butter fan, then you really should make it too!

I had some leftover icing and the left overs double as an awesome dip for pretzels or graham crackers.

15Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

I couldn’t resist adding more chocolate and peanut butter on top of this decadent bread.  (I keep calling this a “bread” but it’s really more of a dense cake.)  The mini Reese’s peanut butter cups offer a delicious shift in texture.

10Double Chocolate Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Icing

I think chocolate is perfectly acceptable at breakfast time so my sis and I sampled it the next morning after I photographed it.  Yummo!  I wish I hadn’t given her the whole thing to take home.  My husband didn’t even get a chance to sample it!  Guess that means I’ll need to whip it up again.     🙂



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Slightly Adapted from: Satisfy My Sweet Tooth


Here are some other fabulous quick breads.

Strawberry Chocolate Loaf

06Strawberry Chocolate Chip Loaf

Cranberry Orange Bread

05Cranberry Orange Bread

Classic Banana Bread



  1. This bread looks so rich and insanely decadent! I love that drizzle. So gorgeous.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate it. 🙂

  2. I love that this uses bananas and sour cream- I can only imagine how insanely moist it is! I also like how thin and glaze like the frosting is- who doesn’t want chocolate bread dripping with peanut butter?

    1. Tina says:

      I know! Frosting is kinda a must in my home. 😉
      Have a lovely weeekend!

  3. Mary Frances says:

    No wonder this is the best banana bread you’ve made! Chocolate and peanut butter and REESES!?! Oh my yes. You bake gorgeous loaves, Tina. I bet your sister loved this one as much as the biscotti!

    1. Tina says:

      You’re so sweet, thank you! Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂

  4. This is one of the most (gorgeously) decadent banana breads I’ve ever seen! xo

    1. Tina says:

      Warm fuzzy! Thank you so so much. 🙂

  5. Stop it Tina! This sounds too amazing and I was going to try going carb free starting tomorrow! Looks like I’ll have to push that back to Monday so I can make this chocolate banana bread this weekend. I love chocolate + banana + peanut butter. Such a good combination. Diets really should start Monday, right? *wink*

    1. Tina says:

      For the sake of this sweet bread…Yes, you have my approval to start your diet on Monday. 😉
      Have a great weekend Natalie!

  6. This has got to be the most gorgeous forms of banana bread I’ve ever laid eyes on. I can practically taste the moistness just by looking! Love love all the pb cups on top!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you so much! You’re so sweet. 🙂

  7. Yes. Yes, I am most certainly intrigued! This looks so super moist, decadent, and absolutely delicious! And I am SO loving the flavor combination here! Pinning 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, sweet! Thanks so much. 🙂

  8. I had a lot of internet-pages open, then I closed one and this post was the one that came up afterwards. My first thought? “Gosh, that looks delisiousssssss….” Yum. My jaw almost dropped 😉
    Looks so so so good.

    1. Tina says:

      That’s so awesome to hear! Thank you so much. 🙂

  9. Ashley says:

    Oh my gosh I love that you incorporated my favorite peanut butter / chocolate combo into banana bread! Genius! And that icing and topping …. oh man, you have me craving a big piece of this right now!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe. I was craving it when I was writing it up, so I know the feeling. 🙂 I seriously need to make it again asap!

  10. Monica says:

    Holy cow, Tina – the interior of this bread looks so moist and divine! I could just eat that all up without anything else. That PB icing is just showing off! ; ) The whole thing just makes me smile. So nice to spend time in the kitchen with your sister and what a great reason to whip up this amazing looking loaf. I really want to sample it myself…mmmmm

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  11. Kelly says:

    Aaw baking with your sister sounds like such an wonderful time in the kitchen and I’m sure she loved taking this home:) Peanut butter and chocolate are the best combinations and adding them to this moist banana bread sounds even more amazing! Love the peanut butter icing and mini Reese’s cups:) Happy Friday and hope you have an awesome weekend sweetie:)

    1. Tina says:

      I totally agree!
      Ugh, how is it Monday already?! Hope you have a lovely week Kelly. 🙂

  12. oooooooo…I LOVE peanut butter, and this cake sounds so moist with the sour cream – YUM! You totally should’ve made two so both of you could have one! I think when I make it, I’ll make two, because I have a hunch I won’t have enough for everyone! Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you! Next time I’ll definitely have to make 2 loafs. 🙂

  13. Oh I love this bread Tina!! Funny because, I was just gathering ingredients to make my own Chocolate and peanut butter bread, but I like the inclusion of bananas and that delicious icing you have on top better! This looks fantastic!!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome…great minds think alike! I’m so glad you like this version. 🙂

  14. This certainly proves that banana bread ain’t just for breakfast! Looks great!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yeah!! 🙂

  15. This looks delicious! I love that it has bananas 🙂

    PS: I just tried your roasted red pepper pasta for dinner – amazing! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      I’m so happy to hear that you love the roasted red pepper pasta! That has become a staple in house. 🙂

  16. This looks ridiculously amazing! I just made banana bread today, but wish I had made this instead!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha…next time. 😉

  17. Liz says:

    Oh, my gosh, that’s the best looking chocolate quick bread I’ve ever seen. And topped with pb icing and pb cups??? Swooning here!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  18. Katie says:

    This looks so darned tasty! I’m going to have to whip this up asap. I make chocolate banana bread quite a lot but it never dawned on me to add peanut butter. Genius!

    Katie xoxo

    1. Tina says:

      I’m so glad you like! 🙂

  19. Jess says:

    Wow, this looks delicious ! I will need to try this soon! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! If you end up trying it, lLet me know what you think.

  20. Tina this bread looks fantastic!! it looks so chocolaty and delicious!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  21. Oh my, this has my name all over it! Some of my favorite flavors especially the PB cups! Pinned!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m a sucker for PB cups too! Thanks so much for pinning. 🙂

  22. Joanne says:

    Chocolate, banana and peanut butter all in one?! Now that is a bread to be reckoned with!

    1. Tina says:

      Right on! 🙂

  23. Tina, this looks insanely delicious! So yum! Pinning!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks so much Melanie! Have a great week. 🙂

  24. Jaw’s on the floor.
    This bread. Holy Moly. It looks beyond amaaaaaaaazing, and so so so moist!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha, I hope your jaw is ok. 😉 Thanks so much, my friend! 🙂

  25. Julia says:

    Looks amazing, Tina! Since it’s National Peanut Butter day, I shared it to my FB fan page ( Gonna have to try this soon. Happy New Year!

    1. Tina says:

      Oh that’s an awesome way to celebrate the day! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too, my friend!!

  26. Wow, I think I need to devour this bread, it looks so delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  27. Holy cow this looks amazing! A whole new combo that I’ve never heard of and anything with peanut butter just gets to me… Kathi

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Kathi! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

  28. Samara says:

    Well, I made some up and it looks pretty dangerous. We’re not going to cut into it just yet. Lol

    1. Tina says:

      Hope you love it just as much as I do!

  29. Laurel says:

    Is one cup flour the correct amount? It doesn’t seem like enough. Plan o make this and just want o be sure. Thanks

    1. Tina says:

      Yes, that’s correct. 🙂

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