Oh peanut butter and chocolate, my forever favorite flavor combo. I owe it all to my childhood (and also adulthood) love of Reese’s peanut butter cups. They are the ULTIMATE candy in my opinion, and honestly just an all around immaculate snack. However, this Marbled Banana Bread has entered the chat and good gosh are we bowing down to Reese’s with this.
This banana bread was one hundred percent inspired by my favorite candy. My love for the peanut butter and chocolate combo has been entirely unwavering for my whole 26+ years of life. I mean one of my favorite childhood past times was just taking pieces of a chocolate bar and dipping them in peanut butter. The absolute best.
This new recipe was born from two of my absolute favorite banana bread recipes, double chocolate banana bread and brown butter chocolate chip banana bread. And while both of those are fairly simple recipes, this one is just slightly more complex, just because of the way we mix both batters separately, but have no fear – all the tips below for a successful banana bread!
Marbled Banana Bread Tips
- Make sure you have three mixing bowls on hand before starting. They don’t have to be huge, but enough to fit about half the banana bread batter. 🙂 Plus, rummaging around for mixing bowls while you are baking is no fun, so just start with them already on hand.
- If you have dutch processed cocoa powder, I always recommend using it over just normal cocoa powder. Dutch processed is smoother and has a richer flavor which is a lot tastier in this recipe. Additionally, I do not recommend subbing cacao for the cocoa powder.
- Make sure you are using runny peanut butter – ideally, the ingredients would just be peanuts or peanuts and salt. This peanut butter mixes much easier into the batter, whereas a no-stir peanut butter just wont quite mix in.
- In steps 4 and 5 below in the recipe card, we are simply separating the dry ingredients in half (step 4) and separating the wet batter in half (step 5) so we can make our chocolate and peanut butter batters separately. This is a very simple process, but just in case you needed a bit more clarification!