Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread

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Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread — Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread - Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!

PB Apple Banana Bread Recipe

Peanut butter and apples go together. Peanut butter and bananas go together. Apples and bananas go together. It all works so well together.

This apple banana bread recipe combines some of my favorite ingredients into one super soft, moist loaf that’s filled with harmonious flavors and wonderful textures in every bite. I have over 40 different recipes for banana bread and dozens more for banana muffins and banana cakes, but I’ve never tried this combo and I’m so glad I did.

The peanut butter flavor doesn’t overwhelm the homey taste of banana bread, with some apple flavor coming through. It’s a fast, easy, no mixer recipe and because I used oil there’s no butter to cream and no mixer to dirty. Oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter, and I prefer it.

Baking with bananas and apples adds so much moisture that it’s impossible to have a dry loaf. Throw in peanut butter and peanut butter chips and you’re destined for success. My family said this is the best banana bread I’ve ever made. Until next month. But for now, I’ll take the compliment.

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread - Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!

What’s in PB Apple Banana Bread? 

To make this one bowl banana bread recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Egg
  • Light brown sugar
  • Canola oil 
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt
  • Mashed bananas 
  • Grated apple
  • Peanut butter chips

How to Make PB Apple Banana Bread

This is such a quick banana bread recipe and it requires minimal effort to make! Simply whisk together the sugar and the wet ingredients, then gently stir in the dry ingredients. Fold in the mashed bananas, grated apple, and peanut butter chips. 

Turn the batter into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan, then bake until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.

If desired, you can serve this peanut butter apple banana bread with Peanut ButterHoney Butter, Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze, or Cream Cheese Glaze.

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread - Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!

How to Store Banana Bread

This PB apple banana bread can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread — Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!

Tips for Making Apple Banana Bread

I recommend using a store-bought peanut butter like Jif or Skippy for this one bowl banana bread recipe rather than a natural or homemade peanut butter. Natural peanut butters are usually too oily for this recipe. 

Note that your bananas should be quite ripe when you mash them. The riper they are, the moister and sweeter they’ll be. 

You may need to tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it in the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to prevent the top and sides from becoming overly browned before the center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, apples, climate, and oven variances.

Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread — Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!

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Peanut Butter Apple Banana Bread

By Averie Sunshine
Jazz up regular banana bread with peanut butter and apples! A perfect combo that tastes amazing together!! Fast, easy, no mixer required, and a hit with everyone!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 9
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Ingredients  

  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • cup canola or vegetable oil, liquid-state coconut oil may be substituted
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup sour cream, lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, about 2 large or 3 small bananas
  • 1 cup grated apples, about 2 small or 1 extra-large grated on the coarsest blade of a box grater; I used unpeeled gala apples
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or a mix-and-match combination of peanut butter and butterscotch chips may be used

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  • To a large bowl, add the the first seven ingredients, through vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t overmix.
  • Add the bananas, apples, and fold gently to combine.
  • Add the peanut butter chips and fold gently to combine.
  • Turn batter out into the prepared pan , smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  • Bake for about 60 to 65 minutes (I baked 63 minutes) or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. **
  • Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Notes

  • **Tip – Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it in the last 10 to 15 minutes of baking to prevent top and sides from becoming overly browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, apples, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.
  • Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Adapted from The Best Strawberry Bread and Zucchini Banana Bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 396kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 309mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 27g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. PLEASE PLEASE put in conversion links as “cup” means NOTHING in Europe, need PROPER weight, lb/oz or qm/kg. Americans do not have world exclusivity & not 1st time I’ve made this comment :/

    1. I simply do not cook nor bake by weight nor do I use the metric system. I don’t know it, it’s not my native “language” so to speak.

      I use actual cups. I am American and that is how I grew up cooking and baking. You can always use a tool to convert any recipe worldwide these days – very easy. Or if you know that 1 “American” cup of flour is X grams or X ounces, then you don’t even need to look it up anymore.

  2. 5 stars
    I love love love love this recipe! This is my first time making it. As far as sour cream I didn’t have any so I subsituted it with cream cheese and let me tell ya! It just melts in my mouth to the point where I’m drooling! I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you for the recipe Ms. Averie, I really enjoyed doing this recipe. 10 stars!!

  3. 5 stars
    I love love love love this recipe! This is my first time making it. As far as sour cream I didn’t have any so I subsituted it with cream cheese and let me tell ya! It just melts in my mouth to the point where I’m drooling! I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank you for the recipe Ms. Averie, I really enjoyed doing this recipe. 10 stars!!

    1. I am glad this turned out wonderfully for you and you love it and will definitely make it again! Glad that cream cheese worked in place of the sour cream, too.

  4. 3 stars
    Sorry, not for me. I tried it because I love most of your recipes, and I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and bananas. It’s very moist, but I find the peanut butter takes over. maybe I should not have used the Pb chips, but I find you don’t taste the apple at all and I used 2, and barely even taste the banana. I wouldn’t make this again, but I will try the strawberry one next. I loved the blueberry banana recipe. 

  5. Sorry, not for me. I tried it because I love most of your recipes, and I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and bananas. It’s very moist, but I find the peanut butter takes over. maybe I should not have used the Pb chips, but I find you don’t taste the apple at all and I used 2, and barely even taste the banana. I wouldn’t make this again, but I will try the strawberry one next. I loved the blueberry banana recipe. 

    1. Glad you loved the blueberry banana recipe and sorry this one was not for you. It’s pretty PB-dominant which it doesn’t sound like you enjoyed but thanks for trying the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Love this recipe.  So moist and full of flavor.  Will be making this one again.  I did add some chopped nuts, cuz to me it’s not banana bread unless there are nuts. 

  7. 5 stars
    Love this recipe.  So moist and full of flavor.  Will be making this one again.  I did add some chopped nuts, cuz to me it’s not banana bread unless there are nuts. 

  8. If i just have natural peanut butter do you think I should cut back on the canola oil a little to balance out the oil in the pb?

  9. 5 stars
    Tried this out today to bring some variety from my usual banana bread (which seems to be the food of Corona Quarantine). Came out excellent! Moist and full of flavor :)
    Made the recipe as is ( with sour cream) except for using chocolate chips instead of PB chips because I didn’t have any on hand. Love how PB flavor is subtle but not overpowering, and the flavors all complement each other.
    Apple sauce is a good substitute for some of the mashed bananas if you don’t have enough

  10. 5 stars
    Tried this out today to bring some variety from my usual banana bread (which seems to be the food of Corona Quarantine). Came out excellent! Moist and full of flavor :)
    Made the recipe as is ( with sour cream) except for using chocolate chips instead of PB chips because I didn’t have any on hand. Love how PB flavor is subtle but not overpowering, and the flavors all complement each other.
    Apple sauce is a good substitute for some of the mashed bananas if you don’t have enough

  11. 5 stars
    Tried this out today to bring some variety from my usual banana bread (which seems to be the food of Corona Quarantine). Came out excellent! Moist and full of flavor :)
    Made the recipe as is ( with sour cream) except for using chocolate chips instead of PB chips because I didn’t have any on hand. Love how PB flavor is subtle but not overpowering, and the flavors all complement each other.
    Apple sauce is a good substitute for some of the mashed bananas if you don’t have enough

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it came out great and that also the applesauce tip, good to know it worked!

  12. 5 stars
    Oh just made this recipe peanut butter apple banna bread…the aroma thhe smell is fantastic and the result of the taste of the bread wow yummilicious though ut my first time to bbaked this. A little longer of baking time….but it worths. Thanks so much for this beautiful and healtylicious recipe. God bless and more power Ms. Averie :)

  13. 5 stars
    This was the most delicious recipe! I used up my 3 frozen bananas, one gnarly looking apple ( I think it was a golden delicious) and left over chocolate chips. I baked it in one huge 9”x5” aluminum loaf pan for 65”. It raised nicely then fell, but everyone still devoured it and raved about it! I like how it’s super moist. This is a keeper. I hope to figure out how to convert it to almond flour for allergy reasons. Thank you.

  14. 5 stars
    I like this recipe for it’s simplicity, and flexibility. I only had two ripe bananas, and one overripe gala apple, but that worked just fine. Also added 1/4 cup of coconut, just because. Instead of grating, I ran the apple through my onion chopper with the fine grid size, as I thought the slightly larger apple chunks might be entertaining. (Plus I almost always manage to leave some skin on the box grater–I kinda hate those things.) I forgot the salt initially, but hit the mini loaves at about 30 minutes with a pinch of coffee flavored Sitka Sea Salt, just for kicks and giggles. Wanted to catch them before the tops set up too much to hold onto the salt flakes:-) My oven took about 50 minutes to get the mini loafs done nicely. Got about a 15-20% rise from the dough, so 3/8″ headspace in the pans was just right. This is a keeper. And a fool around with recipe–my favorite kind.

    My renter and my lady friend raved about their individual loaves. What? Free banana bread? Hell yeah!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that this is a keeper! And agreed, you can totally play around with the recipe, given of course you have a semi-idea of how to bake :) Some people definitely need to just make as written, but you sound like you know your way around the kitchen for sure!

  15. 5 stars
    Just tried this as had 5 over ripe bananas & 5 eating apples of unknown source, made double quantity with half coconut oil, half rapeseed oil & crunchy peanut butter, no chips as couldn’t find in UK, 2 loaves came out super!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad that you were able to customize this recipe based on what you had available and that it turned out great for you!

  16. 5 stars
    Wow, just made this today and it is amazing! My husband and I just love it. So moist and great combination of flavours. I didn’t feel that it needed a glaze or icing. Now I will have to look at some of your other recipes.

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made it gluten free and it is wonderfully moist. I used 2 bananas and one green apple as well as 1 cup of chocolate chips. Will be making again!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad that it worked out well GF and that you’ll be making it again!

  18. 5 stars
    So delicious!! Even my very picky husband enjoyed it. I used one large Pink Lady Apple, two large bananas, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and due to an allergy, I mixed 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 2 tablespoons of water in place of the egg. It is moist and so perfectly tasty. I am fairly inexperienced in the kitchen especially when it comes to baking, and this is the best thing that has ever come out of my oven.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this came out great with a flax egg too!

      Glad to hear it’s the best thing that has ever come out of your oven – that is a huge compliment!

  19. 5 stars
    My family loved this recipe. They also said it was the best I’ve ever made, and it was easy since I didn’t have to pull the blender out. I omitted the chips and added cinnamon. I also finely chopped the apples versus grated because I had some leftover from a pancake batter I had just made. Chopped works well for my family b/c they like the apple chunks.

  20. My family loved this recipe! It is very moist and delicious! Also it was very easy to make and didn’t take much time at all. I used two large bananas, I would suggest three for more banana flavor, or stick with two if you want the peanut butter to shine more. Definitely will be making again!

    1. No. You need to either omit all the chips entirely OR swap with what you have but you cannot add PB in place of the chips. The batter will not be correct.

    2. 5 stars
      Oh just made this recipe peanut butter apple banna bread…the aroma thhe smell is fantastic and the result of the taste of the bread wow yummilicious though ut my first time to bbaked this. A little longer of baking time….but it worths. Thanks so much for this beautiful and healtylicious recipe. God bless and more power Ms. Averie :)

  21. I tried this peanut butter apple banana recipe and it tastes just awesome. I also recommend everyone to try this recipe at least one time you will love it.
    Thanks for sharing these recipes.

  22. Hi Averie,

    I made this last night, and it turned out great! It took over 75 minutes for this to bake in a toaster oven. Since I am in a warm climate, I don’t want to heat up the house. I let it sit over night, and tried it this morning. Delicious!

    Thank you.

  23. Hi Carrie!

    I’ve never made bread before and this is probably a silly question: can you freeze bread dough like you do the cookie dough and bake it later?

    Thanks!

    1. You’d be better off to make the bread straight through, then freeze it, rather than freeze the dough. Bread freezes really well in general although I haven’t personally frozen this one.

  24. I would love to try this! Can applesauce be substituted for the grated apples and/or some of the oil?  Curious if anyone has tried this and in what combination. Thanks!

    1. I would make the recipe as written. I fear that applesauce will be too watery and runny and the bread won’t set up.

  25. OH MY GOSH. This is amazing. I watched this like a baby because I didn’t want it to overcook. It is SOOOO good!! I want to eat it all right now. But then there won’t be any left..

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and glad it came out great for you! Glad there won’t be any leftovers :)

  26. Can I make this without sour cream or yogurt? It’s too much of a pain to go out in the snow with a four month old to get it.

  27. Apples and peanut butter are one of my favorite snacks, and peanut butter and bananas are a favorite breakfast.  I’ll have to try this for both!

  28. Just tucking into this!  Great recipe – used regular plain yogurt and walnuts instead of chips.  Did not peel my apple.  Came out wonderful and moist.  Its almost half gone as I type :)

  29. Hi averie,

    I made this on fri, shortly after you posted it. It came out so soft. I have tried a few of your quick breads. So far I love the carrot apple one the most.
    Would u consider creating a banana bread including biscoff? Just asking…zero pressure.
    I am so excited about your fall posts.

      1. Averie you know me too well! :D I have tried your biscoff bars and they are great. Have a lovely week.

  30. We all know that peanut butter and banana is the bomb, it the most delicious and classic flavor, and Gosh that breads looks so rich and scrumptious. Pinning and sharing with the world!

  31. I am so craving banana bread it’s not even funny. I think I’ll break out the toaster oven this weekend, ha!! Love that you combined all three. They are the perfect trinity!

    1. Totally agree they are the perfect trinity! I forgot you’re still living ovenless during the remodel. Well it’s 92F here at the coast today. Dying with no a/c and cooking ‘fall’ recipes so just be glad you ‘can’t bake’ right now.

  32. I love this combo! I love that you put them all together. :)  I don’t think you can have too many delicious banana bread recipes.  

  33. You’re on a banana bread kick! But actually, with that many recipes, you’re probably on a kick forever. And your banana bread always photographs SO well. Adding apples just makes sense. You know, PB and apple is one of my favorite snacks!

    1. PB + apples was one of my go-to childhood snacks! Or PB with bananas! Thanks for the compliments on my banana bread photos!

  34. This would be fantastic any time of year but it does make me think of fall. Love the combo of apple and PB–and I’d have to do the chip mix because there’s no way I could choose!

    1. The chip mix was awesome. Butterscotch chips are some of my fave! And this would be great any time of year but I did try to do the fall/apple thing before jumping right into pumpkin :)