Elvis Presley had a predilection for all things purdy and ridiculously bad for you…especially food. He’s almost as famous for his favorite sammie as he is for his music – a toasted/grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich. Sometimes there was bacon added to it and sometimes he drizzled honey on it too. I’ve taken my favorite banana bread recipe and turned it into something I’m pretty sure would make The King weak in the knees.
Yes, this is a peanut butter banana bread recipe and for good measure I’ve tossed in some chocolate chips. Yeah, I could’ve gone the bacon route but hasn’t bacon been kinda done to death? Hey, if you’re offended by the chocolate…by all means, toss in some cooked and chopped bacon pieces instead (or too). It’ll still taste ridiculously good and maybe the ghost of Elvis will pay you a visit.
Banana bread is one of those forgiving recipes that you can really mess around with and still end up with really delicious end product (as opposed to a kitchen disaster). I use this basic banana bread recipe as my jumping off point to add different flavors or toppings. Toppings on things rule, don’t they?
Growing up, I was always a big fan of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. We always had a giant bucket of peanut butter at the house because my brother wouldn’t eat anything for lunch unless it was a peanut butter and honey sandwich (Weirdo!) But when we had bananas I’d grab one and make up an Elvis sandwich.
This banana bread could probably be called Elvis bread as opposed to just calling it banana bread. I used one batch of batter and split it in half. One half was left alone and the other half got peanut butter added to it. I alternated the two flavors when I was filling the pan and then dragged a knife through it so you wouldn’t necessarily get a mouthful of all peanut butter or all banana. Cuz you’ve got to have a nice mix of the two right?
Just to really make sure you could taste the peanut butter (you can), I topped the bread with a white chocolate peanut butter frosting and a bunch of chopped peanuts. Over the top? NAH! I don’t think so. It’s just the way Elvis would’ve wanted it.
- 1⅓ Cups Flour
- ¾ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 5⅓ Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (at room temperature)
- ⅓ Cup Sugar
- ⅓ Cup Maple Syrup (or go all Elvis and use honey instead)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup Bananas (about 3)
- ⅔ Cup Chocolate Chips
- ½ Cup Smooth Peanut Butter
- For the Peanut Butter Topping
- 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- ¾ Cup White Chocolate Chips
- 3 Tablespoons Smooth Peanut Butter
- ½ Cup Roasted and Salted Peanuts (roughly chopped)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
- Add the first four ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until everything is thoroughly combined and set aside.
- Drop the butter, sugar and maple syrup into the bowl of your mixer and beat until it's light yellow in color.
- Add the vanilla, eggs and bananas to the mixing bowl and continue to beat until everything is well incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture to the mixer in thirds. Before adding more dry ingredients, make sure the previous addition is mixed in.
- Stir the chocolate chips into the batter.
- Spoon half of the batter into another bowl and add the peanut butter to it. Stir until the peanut butter is completely mixed in.
- Lightly grease and flour an 8½" x 4½" loaf pan.
- Alternate adding scoops of the banana batter and peanut butter banana batter to the pan.
- Once all the batter is in the pan, run a knife through it to mix some of each of the different flavored batters together.
- Make sure the batter is level and slide the pan into the oven.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let the bread rest 10-15 minutes before removing it from the pan to completely cool.
- Once the bread is cool you can make up the topping.
- Add the butter and white chocolate chips to a microwave safe container and heat for 30 seconds on high.
- Remove from the microwave and stir. Continue doing this until the chips are almost completely melted.
- Add the peanut butter to the melted chocolate and stir to combine.
- Pour over top of the bread and sprinkle chopped peanuts on top while the topping is still wet.
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