Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread


Because all you need some days is a slice of freshly baked banana bread…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe | Photography Mondomulia

They say Mondays in January are the worst: the holidays are over, we are back at work, days are still short, it’s cold, it rains all the time (at least here in UK) and pay day feels far away… so how do you fight the January blues? Stay in bed all day could be the answer (they call them “duvet days”), but being lazy makes me feel even more depressed so it’s not an option. One way I can beat the blues is by being active and productive.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

One thing I realised last week was that I hadn’t baked in a couple of weeks and I was missing it.

I digress, but did I ever tell the reason why I started baking 5 years ago? I was going through a hard time at work in an advertising agency; it was a new job, but the client I was hired to work for was not running any campaigns so I had very little work to do. Some days I would go to the office, sit at my desk and stare at the clock, praying for the minutes and hours to pass by quickly. My husband was working in Manchester at the time so he was away Monday to Friday. I had just moved into a new flat (not weird flatmates to share the kitchen with) and finally had invested some money in baking tools. I would read food blogs to pass the time at work, and in the evenings at home I would try new recipes. Ah, the sense of pride of baking my first ever muffins and scones, how to forget that! It made me feel creative and productive, exactly what I was lacking from my job. And it was the first step towards launching Mondomulia… :)

Since those days back in 2010 my life has changed a lot. I work full time on things that I love: my blog, taking photos, writing about food and travel. But I still enjoy baking as a creative outlet and also as a distraction on gloomy days.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Today I baked a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread, adapting a recipe from Broma Bakery, which I found on Pinterest months ago and saved to my board Recipes to try at home. On days like this when I feel the itch to bake, I look at that Pinterest board to find inspiration.

I wanted something easy and straight-forward. Banana bread always works for me, even better if there’s chocolate and peanut butter involved! Banana Bread is also a versatile cake: it goes very nicely for breakfast, but you can also eat a slice for dessert, perhaps warm with chocolate sauce or ice-cream on top.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread


  • 3 tbsp peanut butter (I use one with 100% peanuts, no added salt and no palm oil)
  • 1 cup demerara sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • a thin banana slice, cut lenghtwise


Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan. Line a 900g / 2lb loaf tin with baking paper. Set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, mashed bananas, butter, and eggs. After mixing, stir in cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, salt, and vanilla. Stir in flour last.

Pour the mixture into tin and top with banana slices.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe | Photography Mondomulia

Bake for roughly 50-55 minutes, until a knife inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe | Photography Mondomulia

Love banana bread? You can try these recipes: Almond, Pecan and Chia Seed Banana Bread, Espresso & Chocolate Banana Bread; Banana Bread with Pecans

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  • Reply The slow pace 12/01/2016 at 09:14

    What a lovely recipe! I’m so going to give it a try! I also bake when I’m sad… Unfortunately, I’ve been quite sad lately but I didn’t even had time to bake… Work makes me sad and it doesn’t give me time to bake to feel less sad. Umpf,, what a vicious circle!

    • Reply Giulia Mulè 12/01/2016 at 16:47

      Oh no, such a vicious circle, sounds like you need to get out of it! I know how it feels to be sad because of a job… :( Hope things will get better soon!

  • Reply Laura 12/01/2016 at 10:00

    I saw this on snapchat yesterday and was hoping you’d share the recipe! I still need to make the pretty peach cake though.

    I used to really struggle with loaf recipes but I made a good banana bread recently so I’m optimistic. I’ve always found baking thereputic, I think it’s the concentration and mixing of ingredients. But the achievement of getting it right is such a great feeling, especially after a few failed attempts.

    • Reply Giulia Mulè 12/01/2016 at 16:45

      Save the peach cake for the summer and bake this instead ;) I never had problems baking banana bread, do you know if your issues were due to the recipe or to other factors like ingredients or oven?

      • Reply Laura 12/01/2016 at 18:04

        That’s a good plan!

        I think it was other loaf recipes I messed up where either it was burnt on the outside but not cooked on the inside (oven issues I’m guessing!) or fruit dropped to the bottom (I’ve heard rolling berries in flour or icing sugar helps?!). I need to practice more I think but I worry I’ll eat it all myself! ?

  • Reply The Purley Girly 12/01/2016 at 13:44

    This looks absolutely incredible. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Reply Federica Carr 12/01/2016 at 16:29

    Oh it looks so delicious… I don’t like peanut butter so might try with almond butter !

    • Reply Giulia Mulè 12/01/2016 at 16:44

      Any kind of nut butter would work here…however if your almond butter is quite sweet, you may need to add a pinch more of salt into the batter. (I reduced the amount of salt from the original recipe because my peanut butter already has a strong flavour)

      • Reply Federica Carr 13/01/2016 at 15:43

        fair enough. I think mine has no sugar added, BUT i have one which is chocolate and almond. Even better :)

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