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Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread is full of chocolate and peanut butter. A full 1 1/2 cups of mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are added to the batter and for even more yumminess a peanut butter glaze is drizzled on top.

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread with slice cut.

I got the inspiration for this bread from Gayle at Pumpkin n Spice. My eyeballs about popped out of my head when I saw how delicious her Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread looked.

Gayle used Reese’s Peanut Butter Spread to make a glaze for her bread. It looked so good, I had to have it in my life too. I couldn’t find any Reeses Peanut Butter Spread at the store so instead I bought Jif Whipped Creamy Peanut Butter. It isn’t really the same thing at all because Gayle described the peanut butter spread as being thicker than peanut butter and obviously whipped peanut butter is much lighter in texture.

Banana Bread topped with peanut butter drizzle.

I was a little disappointed in how the Jif Whipped Peanut Butter tasted on its own (hardly sweet at all). But once a little sugar was added and it was melted for a glaze, it was super delicious. NOTE: This product is no longer available and I now use a peanut butter glaze for this recipe.

Mini Peanut Butter Cups

The mini peanut butter cups are so much fun to bake with because you don’t even have to chop them up and they melt into wonderful pockets of chocolate and creamy peanut butter. Here’s a link to Reese’s Minis Peanut Butter Cups on Amazon in case you aren’t quite sure what they are. They really are itty bitty and so much fun to eat. Note: You can use the regular-size mini peanut butter cups.

I’ve posted a whole lot of banana recipes lately and there’s even more to come. That’s because after the 5K race my son hosted on Valentine’s Day to raise money for cancer research, we came home with a huge box of bananas that didn’t get eaten. I mean there must have been 50 bananas in there. (Originally posted March 21, 2015.)

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread with slice cut.

And let me just stop and give a huge thanks to our local Publix for donating a $100 gift card to be used for food for the race. And they insisted they didn’t want any recognition whatsoever for it. But I thought that was so awesome, I had to mention it. 🙂

For a whole week I baked every type of banana recipe I could think of- Triple Chocolate Banana Bread, Banana Pudding Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Banana Bread Pudding, and Banana Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting. It’s hard to pick a favorite from them, but since I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, I may have to go with this one.

Use Overripe Bananas

Banana bread is best made with overripe bananas. They should be covered in black spots. Overripe bananas add more sweetness and moisture than bananas that are less ripe.

Do You Need To Refrigerate Banana Bread?

Banana Bread can be left at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. Any longer and it should be refrigerated or frozen. It is best stored in an airtight container or ziptop bag with a paper towel underneath it and on top of it. The paper towel will soak up excess moisture and prevent mold from growing. If storing in refrigerator, skip the paper towels and wrap in plastic wrap.

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Banana Bread with slice cut.

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Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread has mini peanut butter cups in the batter and a peanut butter glaze.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
TOTAL: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) package mini peanut butter cups, about 1 1/2 cups

Peanut Butter Glaze

  • 1/2 cup whipped peanut butter
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and both sugars until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  • Beat in banana, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  • With mixer on low, beat in flour and mini peanut butter cups.
  • Pour into a greased 5X9-inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes.
  • Mix together peanut butter and sugar. Microwave until melted. Let cool slightly and place in a ziptop bag. Snip one of the corners and drizzle the glaze on top of the bread.


The Whipped Peanut Butter I originally used for this recipe is no longer available. Instead I make the following Peanut Butter Glaze.
Peanut Butter Glaze
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or half-and-half
Use an electric mixer to mix until creamy and smooth.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and can vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bananas, peanut butter

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Originally posted March 21, 2015.

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17 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread”

  1. Minus the pb cups & glaze, this is my go-to basic banana bread recipe!
    It’s amazingly moist and not super sweet. I add a touch of cinnamon to the bread and top the loaf with coarse sanding sugar which bakes off an incredible crust. The kids like it with mini chocolate chips but today I’m going to do a Nutella swirl.
    I’m so happy I came across this recipe, thank you for posting it
    This is the recipe I’ll teach my kids how to make.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you for the feedback Pam! So glad to hear that you like this recipe. I will have to try doing sanding sugar on top. That sounds really good!

  2. Christina @ Bake with Christina

    Omg my mouth is actually drooling! That banana bread looks incredible! I LOVE the addition of peanut butter cups, and that peanut butter drizzle on top!! Pinned 🙂

  3. Oh my! I remember thinking the same thing when I saw Gayle’s recipe and this one looks fantastic too! I mean I can never turn down chocolate and peanut butter and in banana bread?? Sign me up!

  4. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Looking at this and not being able to grab a slice is plain torture! Peanut butter & chocolate cups and banana bread – in one! Heaven help me!!!

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This bread looks amazing, Christin! I love that you used mini pb cups in here, definitely a bread for peanut butter lovers! Pinned!

  6. Christin, this is one indulgent quick bread and it’s just calling my name! I love that peanut butter glaze on top!

  7. Oh man now that sounds like my kind of banana bread! Peanut butter and banana are lovely together, so this is a no-brainer 🙂

  8. Judit + Corina @Glamorous Bite

    OMG Christin – this is the most decadent, moist banana bread we ever had the pleasure to glance at!

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