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Aug 11

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Maple Glaze

What’s better than banana bread? Peanut Butter Banana Bread. What’s better than that?

When you add a maple glaze to the top. Then it becomes infinitely better!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with maple glaze

Like I mentioned on Saturday, I recently attended BlogHer 14 in San Jose. While we were there we visited Psycho Doughnuts in downtown.

{Obviously, it was required we go there. We were all food bloggers!}

One of the doughnuts I tried there was a Maple Bar that had crushed Butterfingers on top and was drizzled with peanut butter. Now, when I saw that bar in the display case I had a moment of astonishment. Maple with peanut butter? Is that even legal?

It turns out that it’s not only legal, it’s amazing.

When I got home I knew I wanted to recreate the flavors – but I wasn’t in the mood for more doughnuts. I made peanut butter ones last week and didn’t think my waistline could take any more.

Almost at once, inspiration struck. Peanut butter and maple go amazing together. Banana and peanut butter go amazing together. Therefore, maple and banana should go amazingly together. See the logic? It totally works. I should know, I took an entire semester on it in college.

So I made peanut butter banana bread and topped it with maple glaze.

BOOM. Your new favorite breakfast, invented.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with maple glaze

I started with my fluffernutter bread recipe which was actually based on my mom’s banana bread. I just added peanut butter. It works, and it’s amazing.

I used oil instead of butter for the bread. I just like using oil because it’s easier to mix and I’m kind of lazy. Sugar and peanut butter get mixed with the vegetable oil.

Then I get out my blender. I like how my mom’s recipe blends the bananas, eggs, baking soda, and sour milk (or buttermilk) in a blender because I don’t really like banana chunks. This mixture is added, alternately with the flour, into the peanut butter mixture.

A note on the flour: I used all-purpose for this recipe, but you can substitute 1/2 whole wheat flour if you like. I haven’t tried it with this recipe, but I have with most of my other banana bread recipes.

The bread bakes a long time – about 45-55 minutes, depending on your oven. It will get quite brown on top, but that’s okay. The toothpick test will work on the edges and the center will be clean but may have a few crumbs on it when the bread is ready. If it’s jiggly, it’s probably not quite done in the center yet. If the top starts to get too brown, you can cover it with foil during baking, much like you’d do a pie crust.

Once the bread is done, try not to eat it. I have a hard time not attacking banana bread right out of the oven, but if you want to glaze it you gotta wait.

And it’s worth it to wait. The glaze is seriously the best part!

Melted butter is whisked with powdered sugar and maple extract to make a sweet glaze for the top of the bread. I added heavy whipping cream to the glaze, but you can use nonfat or regular milk, or half and half. Just remember, the thicker the milk you use, the thicker the glaze.

Let the glaze harden for a bit and then dig in. Good luck stopping at just one piece!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with maple glaze

Peanut butter, maple, and banana. The trifecta of flavors!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Maple Glaze

Yield: 12 servings

Peanut butter infused banana bread with maple glaze - the three things belong together!


For the bread:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tired bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 7 tablespoons sour milk (To make sour milk: adding 1 teaspoon white vinegar to the milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream (see note)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray loaf pan (about 9x5.5”) with cooking spray.
  2. Mix oil, peanut butter, and sugar in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth.
  3. Add the bananas, eggs, sour milk, and baking soda to a blender. Blend until liquid forms.
  4. Add 1/2 of the liquid and 1 cup of flour, stir until just moistened, then add remaining banana mixture and 1 cup flour.
  5. Stir just until combined.
  6. Place batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the top has browned an a toothpick comes out of the center clean, but may have a few crumbs stuck to it. If the top starts getting too brown, you can cover it with foil during baking. Cool completely before removing from the pan.
  7. Make the glaze: whisk melted butter and powdered sugar. Add extracts, whisk until smooth. Add heavy whipping cream, whisk until smooth. Immediately pour over the top of the bread and spread to the edges. Let dry before cutting.


You can also use milk or half and half for this. The thinner (less fatty) your milk, the thinner the glaze will be, so start with 1 teaspoon and get it to the point where you can pour it but it’s not runny.

Mom’s Banana Bread

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Banana Bread Coffee Cake

banana coffee cake (3 of 3)

Healthier Banana Bread

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Sweets from friends:
Cream Cheese Filled Banana Bread by Averie Cooks
Snickerdoodle Banana Bread by Oh Sweet Basil
Lemon Poppyseed Banana Bread by Something Swanky

47 Responses to “Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Maple Glaze”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:07 am (#)

    So, my hubanana is obsessed with banana bread (hence the name “hubanana”) and I am Canadian, so maple syrup basically runs through my veins. Love this combo! Pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 11th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks for the pin Taylor!


  2. Mir posted on August 11, 2014 at 4:15 am (#)

    “Tired” bananas? I’ve never heard that before! I love it!
    Maple is the best and with PB? Mind is now blown! My wheels are spinning. And I’ve gotta try this bread!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 11th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      I know, it must have just been a me and my mom thing. Too funny!


  3. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:09 am (#)

    Oh my goodness, why haven’t I thought of that flavour combination before? It sounds so good, and that glaze looks like perfection!


  4. Tieghan posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:35 am (#)

    Gosh, I love banana bread so much and I LOVE peanut butter so much. This is perfect!


  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:36 am (#)

    This definitely looks like the ultimate banana bread, Dorothy! I’m drooling over the peanut butter and maple glaze. Sounds AMAZING! PInned!


  6. Ashton posted on August 11, 2014 at 6:17 am (#)

    Oh my gosh. This make SO MUCH SENSE!!!!!!! I’m CRAZY abut butterscotch and peanut butter, and I bet maple and peanut butter is a similar flavor pairing!! omg. I totally have to try this!!!! And pairing those with banana is just logical. This looks amazing!

    …omg.. and that glaze?!?!? Hummanahummanahummana….


  7. Heather @ Shards of Lavender posted on August 11, 2014 at 6:53 am (#)

    So many perfect components in this bread… Must try this flavor combination at our house! No flawed logic that I see, because banana + peanut butter + maple = fruit + protein + vegetable(maple is a veggie because it comes from a tree, right?) Love it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 11th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      YES! I like the way you think Heather!


  8. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on August 11, 2014 at 6:58 am (#)

    Oh man this looks like the best bread ever! That maple glaze looks so delicious and thick, and on top of a peanut butter and banana bread sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try this Dorothy! Pinned :)


  9. Becca from It's Yummi! posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:01 am (#)

    What an amazing combo of flavors! LOVE <3


  10. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:28 am (#)

    This is gorgeous and I can only imagine how good it tastes. Maple glaze? OMG!!


  11. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am (#)

    Oh my gosh, that maple glaze looks crazy good! I want!


  12. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:29 am (#)

    Two falls ago I made a glaze for a bundt cake that was an apple-banana cake and the glaze on your bread reminds me of that and it was one of my fave frostings/glazes ever! Between my love for banana bread, and PB, and mapley glazes, this is my heaven, Dorothy! pinned


  13. Graham @ Glazed & Confused posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:11 am (#)

    Oh my god I need it…


  14. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on August 11, 2014 at 1:16 pm (#)

    Wow. Just wow. I can imagine you gobbled this right up! Maple glaze is my jam.


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  16. Mom posted on August 11, 2014 at 4:20 pm (#)

    This was great! I couldn’t resist trying it.


  17. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm (#)

    Um yeah, anything with a maple glaze is amazing in my book! This combo is stellar!


  18. Karen @ The Food Charlatan posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm (#)

    I will make this…and crumble butterfingers on top. BOOM! :)


  19. BakingTray posted on August 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm (#)

    Definitely going to try this one 😀 Sounds yummy! I loveee maple syrup and banana together so adding peanut butter will be interesting :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 11th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      You’ll love it! :)


      • BakingTray replied on August 12th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        I did love it ^_^ Just baked it last night! It’s so nice and moist! yumm! thanks for the recipe~

  20. Jessica @ Sweet Menu posted on August 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm (#)

    This bread looks INCREDIBLE! Wow! Peanut butter and maple are a wonderful combo!


  21. Laurie F. posted on August 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm (#)

    Looks wonderful! I love any excuse to use maple syrup ( ever since buying a bunch of bottles during a trip to Vermont). The photos made me want to make it immediately!


  22. Medeja posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:03 am (#)

    This banana bread looks irresistible! A must try recipe :)


  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:11 am (#)

    Best. Combo. Ever! And that glaze…gimme!


  24. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:34 am (#)

    This bread is just plain magical. I am seriously seriously in love!!!!


  25. Tonia posted on August 12, 2014 at 6:47 am (#)

    And why did I never think to add peanut butter to banana bread? Love it!!


  26. Thalia @ butter and brioche posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:14 pm (#)

    wow this banana bread looks delicious and so moist! and that glaze i could probably eat by the bowlful, looks delicious!


  27. Monet posted on August 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm (#)

    You got me with the peanut butter…and then the glaze put me over the top! This looks so very good!


  28. Emily of Sugar Plum posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm (#)

    Yummm. This bread looks so good! I love banana and peanut butter together!


  29. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:43 am (#)

    First of all, I could slam my face right into that maple glaze! It looks perfect. The bread looks amazing and PB & banana is one of my all time favs, so yeah, you are totally a genius!


  30. Kelly - Life Made Sweeter posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:18 pm (#)

    Holy smokes, this looks like the best banana bread ever, Dorothy! Pinning! I am drooling over the sound of everything in here and seriously want to plant my face into that thick maple glaze!


  31. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on August 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm (#)

    Maple + PB is seriously one of my favorite combinations ever. I LOVE spreading PB on my Eggos and drenching them with maple syrup — the combination is PHENOM. And I was so excited to see what your brilliant noggin would create after those insanely delish Marla bars at Psycho! So fun!!


  32. Nicole posted on August 17, 2014 at 9:25 am (#)

    I love banana bread. But that glaze … Be Still My Heart. I am in Love!


  33. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on August 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm (#)

    I totally wish I could’ve tried your donut from Psycho’s… PB + maple sounded SO good!! Definitely need to try making something with that same combo too. And banana… I’m on a serious banana kick right now. I totally would’ve devoured your entire loaf by myself!


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  35. Tim Aupperle posted on September 5, 2014 at 7:51 am (#)

    This bread looks so good. I’m not a bread eater, but this is one that I will be making for my family. Thanks for sharing!


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  37. connie fizer posted on January 12, 2015 at 9:44 am (#)

    I’m new at this but that sounds delicious. Do you have a cookbook with your recipes in it?  I think I would enjoy it so much.   Thanks for the recipe. 


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