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Change up your banana bread with the addition of peanut butter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

The Ultimate Reeses Peanut Butter Banana Bread on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated December 2013

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is filling the stockings. My husband and I aren’t big on giving lots of gifts to each other, but I do love to get stuff to fill his stocking. Nothing big, maybe some candy and a few small gifts, but it’s the little things that are fun.

Well, I thought that the idea of filling stockings would catch on for my husband, but even though I have been filling his, he hasn’t been filling mine. I guess I need to either flat out tell him that he needs to fill my stocking 🙂 or just take matters into my own hands and fill both stockings myself. Well, I opted to just fill both stockings myself – I figured that way I would get everything that I wanted!!

Miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of the candies that I put in our stockings this year. I can’t resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, so this has always been a favorite candy of mine. So when I saw this recipe on Picky Palate, I just knew that I would be making it. I had never thought of adding peanut butter to banana bread. Throw in some chopped up mini Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, and I’m sold! And as luck would have it, I had a few super ripe bananas on the counter. This recipe makes 3 loaves, but I easily halved it, and I made mine in mini loaf pans. I hate to admit it, but although I intended to give most of these away, my husband and I ended up eating them all over the course of 3 days. They are that good. My husband still hasn’t stopped talking about them.

The Ultimate Reeses Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe

The Ultimate Reeses Peanut Butter Banana Bread
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Change up your banana bread with the addition of peanut butter and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Serves: 3 loaves
  • 1½ cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups flour
  • 5-6 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 20-30 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease 3 9x5-inch baking pans.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the peanut butter. add in the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, pudding mix and flour. Mix until combined. Fold in the bananas and chopped Reese's.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pans. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  4. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, peanut butter and milk until smooth. Drizzle over the top of each loaf.
source: Picky Palate

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22 Responses to The Ultimate Reeses Peanut Butter Banana Bread

  1. Jenny says:

    Your little loaves look great! They are so yummy arent’ they? Glad you all enjoyed them. Happy New Year!

  2. Laura says:

    What is it with men and stockings–do they just not get it? Or did all mothers at some point decide that they would do stockings only for thier girl children (or was this Santa’s doing?). I have to say though that my husband did a good job on my stocking this year–a new oven mitt from Williams Sonoma, a gift card to a yarn store, chocolate covered espresso beans, a bumble bee for my crocs… As a reward, I think I’ll make him this banana bread (I think we have reeses from Halloween, or I can steal them from work). My hubby’s favorite beverage is a smoothie of bananas, chocolate soy milk, and peanut butter, so he’ll be all over this recipe!

  3. Rivka says:

    Ohh man delicious! I must try these for the pb-banana lover in my house — thanks for the fab. post!

  4. The Jones Family says:

    ok, so I have to comment. I am a lurker on your blog. I know your sister Janell. We both lived in Provo (Wyview) and served in R.S. together. Anyway I am in LOVE with your blog! I come here and try most of your recipes. I have to especially thank you for the meatballs. FANTASTIC! best ever!! All your recipes have pleased me and my family. so for all your efforts in blogging them (recipes and pictures) I justhad to thank you.

    Also, I think you SHOULD definitely fill your own stocking next year…I have a similar thing going with my husband. He does put something in it though, I’ll give him credit for that, but it’s not much. this year a candle. Because all his gifts were symbolic of the Savior I couldn’t be irritated, lol!

    anyway, thanks again for amazing recipes!

    ~Jessica Jones

  5. javagirlkt's cookin' says:


    Now I know exactly what to do with those ripe bananas in my freezer!!!

    I love bananas, I love reeces, I love bread….. This looks amazing!!

  6. Claire says:

    My mom is the same way…we all have stockings and she doesn’t have anything in hers. I think she saves some stuff for herself. I looked for something specific for her stocking this year, but didn’t find it. I think next year I’ll try harder! This bread looks great…PB, banana, and chocolate…perfect!

  7. Kevin says:

    They look so good. I really like the sound of chocolate and peanut butter in a banana bread. With both the bananas and the peanut butter I would think that the bread would be nice and moist. Come to think of it, I have not done a Christmas stocking in a while.

  8. A scientist in the kitchen says:

    I love Reece peanut butter! Lots of fond memories with my friends over boys and dates 😉

  9. Veron says:

    Those look so irresistable! I never really filled stocking till this year. They were usually just for decoration. Finally my husband and I filled our stockings …:)

  10. Tartelette says:

    Men don’t take hints..tell him what you would like! See, for us it was the opposite, we don’t do stockings in France and when I fund out about it, I put just a bag of chocolate in his while mine was overflowig with really cool gift.That made me feel really bad. Now we started a funny tradition: I put in his things I would like to get and he puts in mine things he would like,then we pretend we grabbed the wrong one and trade. Everybody is happy and no one around us quite gets it!

    The banana bread looks delicious, the second recipe I see tonight with peanut butter chips…Yum!

  11. Tanya says:

    Ooof! I hope he reads your blog!

  12. Cindy. Lo. says:

    I am a big fan of banana bread,
    Especially after reading this post!

  13. Jenn says:

    Men don’t always get that kind of thing… but in my experience you will be surprised when you least expect it! Either way, those look delicious!

  14. April says:

    oh my goodness! these look so good! I don’t know what it is with men and stockings…how long does it take them to realize it? I have been married for 13 years, and mine still doesn’t fill my stocking. Do we need to tape it to their foreheads?

  15. Megan says:

    My best friend and I do each others. The hubbys and kids were making out each year and we were coming up short. So every year, she does mine and I do hers. on Christmas eve we exchange bags of stocking stuff and the husbands just fill em up. Sorry to say, she does a better job then I would expect him to do. Bookmarking the yummy bread!

  16. Davadoo3 says:

    I am searching for a peanut butter cup banana bread recipe and yours look amazing!! When i follow the link I can't find it anywhere on the website. Maybe because this post was so long ago? I would love to have this recipe. would someone please share it with me or post a link to it?

  17. Deborah says:

    Davadoo3 – here is a correct link:


    She changed her website awhile ago, so the link in my post probably went to her old website. Hope you like it!

  18. Chinky says:

    Hi do you have a from scratch recipe of the instant vanilla pudding mix that I can substitute for this? Thanks!

  19. Elaine says:

    this sounds so delish, a must try this Summer.

  20. Tina says:

    Hi ! Question – – is that supposed to be 3 full size loaves @ 9×5 – – or did you mean mini’s ? Thanks ! Can’t wait to make this !!!!!!!!!!!!

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