Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread

by Renee on March 25, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

People can be very passionate about food. So passionate, they will seek out like-minded cohorts to celebrate their favorites. Groups form and the next thing you know a declaration is made. One such group has declared March 25 as Chocolate Peanut Butter Day. Over 30 bloggers including myself came together for an event hosted by Carla of Chocolate Moosey and Miriam of Overtime Cook to share all sorts of chocolate peanut butter recipes. Join in the fun by following the hashtag #chocPBday on social media and share your recipes too. Follow our Pinterest board to find all the recipes in one place. We are also teaming up with OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter & Co. to bring you three fabulous prize packs. You will want to enter the giveaway below if you enjoy chocolate, peanut butter, and baking.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread is my contribution to the celebration. It took the kind help of the group, especially my friend Anita of Hungry Couple, to work out some the kinks in the recipe. I wasn’t pleased with the results of my first attempt. The biggest issues were the bottom, top, and butter dripping out of the pan. A minor issue was not enough peanut butter flavor. It all worked out with the second attempt by making a few changes.

What changed from the first attempt to the second? The bread has a candied peanut bottom that stuck to the pan. I almost ditched the layer until Anita recommended lining the pan with parchment. It worked like a charm. The top over-browned because of butter seeping up from the bottom. Covering the ends with foil in the last 20 minutes of baking helped that tremendously. The edges are still very brown however not almost burnt as with the first attempt.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

The final two changes were also easy to make. Butter seeping up the sides was dripping out of the pan and onto the bottom of the oven. It began to smoke and that does not give a great flavor and it means cleaning the oven. This was solved by creating a valley in the center of the batter so the butter would run to the middle instead of out of the pan. I also placed the pan on a baking sheet to catch any stray drips. To increase the peanut butter flavor I eliminated the butter called for in the original recipe and used extra peanut butter in its place.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread | Magnolia Days

How is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread? It is moist and has a slight chewy texture. You get a caramel, nut, and chocolate trio of flavors with every bite.  The candied peanut bottom is a delight all of its own. Slice the bread and serve it for breakfast, afternoon snack, or anytime you have a peanut butter chocolate craving. And if you still have a craving check out Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Cake, Tiger Butter, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars, and the recipes from the group below.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread

1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes 1 loaf

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick Bread

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cocktail peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9- X 5-inch loaf pan. Line the pan with parchment paper with a 2-inch overhang on two sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper.

Pour melted butter in the pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup brown sugar and peanuts evenly over bottom of the pan. Sprinkle water over peanuts.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat egg in a large bowl for 1 minute using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add remaining 1 cup brown sugar and peanut butter and beat well.

Add buttermilk and beat until blended.

Add flour mixture and beat until moistened and just combined. Do not over-mix.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon mixture into pan and use spoon to spread it so the sides are higher than the middle.

Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.

Check the bread to see if the edges are browning too quickly (butter that seeps up from the bottom of the pan may cause this to happen). If so, lay strips on foil on the ends of the bread (do not cover the middle).

Continue baking for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool bread in the pan for 10 minutes.

Use the parchment paper to lift the bread out of the pan and place on a wire rack. Cool completely before slicing.

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Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living 1988 Annual Recipes cookbook (out of print).

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  • Prize Pack #2: King Arthur Flour ingredients: One bag of all-purpose flour, one package of Guittard bittersweet chocolate disks, and one bottle of pure vanilla extract
  • Prize Pack #3: Peanut Butter and Co. package including: one Dark Chocolate Dreams 6-pack, One Variety 6-pack, and One 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams cookbook

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will be picked from random draw. Giveaway ends Monday March 31 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The winners will be notified via email and have 24 hours to respond. If not, the prize is forfeited and another winner will be chosen.

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Disclosure: OXO, King Arthur Flour, and Peanut Butter and Co. are providing the prizes at no charge. I did not receive any compensation for participation in this event. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post.

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) March 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

Yum! Yum! and more yum! I need to make this next weekend! Your pics make me want to lick my screen, Renee!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Oh Karen, you crack me up! Thanks for making me laugh with your comment.

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Gail {a stack of dishes} March 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

I love everything chocolate and peanut butter!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Me too Gail.

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Colleen (Souffle Bombay) March 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

Love a good quick bread and this looks amazing!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Colleen

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itzia March 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

i love chocolate peanut butter brownies.

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I enjoy them a lot too.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required March 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

I’m so glad you and Anita persevered. I can almost taste the delicious butter melting in the valley you created.

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

That middle in the top is quite nice. It’s hard to say if I like it or the bottom the most.

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Lisa March 25, 2014 at 1:23 pm

This would be perfect for Easter brunch! Yum!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Oh yes! For Easter brunch and any day of the week.

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Stacy March 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I fear I would have to turn that baby over and eat the bottom layer off first. Because buttery caramely peanut brittle is why. And then the top because it reminds me of the top of pound cake, which is my favorite part. Then finally, I’d eat the middle with all the chocolate chips. This is going to be fun!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

If you only knew how tempted I’ve been to slice off that bottom and eat it first too.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog March 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I’m so happy you were able to perfect the recipe, because I don’t think I would want to live without this bread in my life. Candied peanut bottom? Yes, please!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

That bottom is so good. It calls out to me.

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Liz March 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

My husband’s favorite candy.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I’m so happy you ironed out the kinks because this recipe is totally worth it! best bread everrrr!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thanks Kayle and I think it is some mighty good bread too.

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karen March 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

peanut butter cheesecake with chocolate ganache

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Oh yum! That’s a good one.

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Liz March 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

SO glad you persevered with this gorgeous peanut butter bread! It looks terrific!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Thanks Liz and it was worth going through the process of refining the recipe. Fun with all the help I had with it too.

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

I made peanut butter sandwich bread once but I bet it’s much better with chocolate chips!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

I want to make a peanut butter yeast bread soon. I’ve got peanut butter bread hankerings for some strange reason.

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Becca from ItsYummi! March 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

I LOVE quick breads, and yours is just gorgeous, Renee!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Thanks a bunch Becca

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Lauren Kelly Nutrition March 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I love a quick bread, especially chocolate and peanut butter :)

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Yep, the chocolate and peanut butter combo puts it at the top every time.

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Anita at Hungry Couple March 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Awe. :) So, I assume that, as my payment, one of these loaves is on its way to me??? :)

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Well, um, *cough* *cough* they may have already been shared with folks around here. Forgive me and thanks again for your valuable help.

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Carolyn March 26, 2014 at 6:41 am

That is some gorgeous bread, Renee!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Thank you so much Carolyn

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Miriam @ OvertimeCook March 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

Oh goodness. This looks amazing – and that glorious peanut butter layer on the bottom is making me drool!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Miriam and I was drooling when it was baking. The aroma is incredible.

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Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies March 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

I never thought to try a peanut butter quick bread. This looks fantastic!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Jen. I’ve done a few peanut butter cakes and wanted to move over in the bread category. Next up is a peanut butter yeast bread.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 26, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I’m so glad you tried the recipe again with tweaks until you got it right because this looks fabulous, Renee! It’s awesome that Anita gave you some help – I swear, you ladies (my fellow bloggers) are the best people ever. Everyone is so wonderful and supportive. That candied peanut bottom sounds amazing and your loaf looks beautifully light and fluffy inside. I can’t wait to try this!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm

The food blogging community is the best! Such a supportive group and I’m so glad to be a part of it.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom March 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Renee,
I love this bread so much. . I LOVE that you didn’t use any butter at all and used extra peanut butter in its place! that, along with the peanut crunchy bottom, which is like a genius idea! (love this). . this is like the ULTIMATE peanut butter chocolate chip quick bread. love it and it’s beautifully photographed!!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thanks Alice and I may try the peanut butter substitution for butter more often depending on the recipe. It worked nicely when it doesn’t have to be creamed with regular white granulated sugar.

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Isabelle @ Crumb March 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

OMG. I so wish I had a slice to go with my afternoon coffee today. That candied peanut butter bottom is totally calling my name.
Thank goodness for Anita’s wise advice, because otherwise we might never have known about this deliciousness!

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Renee March 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Yes, thank goodness for Anita’s advice and I kept that candied peanut bottom. I could slice it off and just eat it.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood March 26, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I love hearing about how you troubleshoot a recipe that didn’t turn out quite how you wanted it. I’m trying to get better at problem solving and hearing how other’s do it always helps. This final version looks absolutely wonderful!

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Renee March 29, 2014 at 9:11 am

I think learning how to fix when things go wrong is a fun part of cooking and baking. It certainly is a process and so nice to get the help of friends.

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry March 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Candied peanut bottom? Wow, my mind has been blown! I’m so glad you stuck it out and kept at it with this contribution to Chocolate Peanut Butter Day!

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Renee March 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

Thanks Carrie and that candied peanut bottom is tremendously tasty.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Actually I love taking dark chocolate, smearing peanut butter on it and topping it with a slice of strawberry! Yum!!

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Renee March 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

That is one awesome snack Jennifer.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings March 27, 2014 at 4:57 am

Very different, Renee! I’m making this for my coffee party Saturday!

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Renee March 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

Thanks Cindy and I hope your party guests enjoy it.

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Tina Muir March 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Oooohh this looks wonderful! Love the tips you gave to make it even better based on your experience! This would be a great sweet treat to make for my friends birthday coming soon! Runner food she will love!

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Renee March 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

Thanks Tina

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Kelli's Kitchen March 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Renee – this looks so wonderful and you know what? Anita has helped me many time with several recipes too! My mom and her friends will love this for their card playing night!

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Renee March 29, 2014 at 9:17 am

Anita is such a sweet and giving person. She helps so many with her great advice.

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Carla March 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

Isn’t it funny how something simple like a quick bread can need some troubleshooting? I’ve had trouble before with the top getting too brown or the loaf just sticking to the pan altogether. Glad you gave it another try!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Yes, sometimes what seems simple can have certain difficulties. At least it is a learning experience.

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Julie March 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

reese’s peanut butter cups thanks for the giveaway

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Thanks for commenting Julie and you are welcome.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen March 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

What a beautiful bread, Renee. I especially love that you added chopped peanuts into the mix. I’m a sucker for any kind of nut! YUMMY!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I’m a sucker for any type of nut too. I usually have some type on hand to snack on every day. They are so good for you too.

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Sarah March 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

This is the perfect addition to my recipe box!

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Renee March 31, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Thanks for saving it and adding it to your recipe box.

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