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PB and J Banana Bread

PB and J Banana Bread

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  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Yield: 1 loaf (16 servings)
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Bake 1 hr
  • Cool 10 mins
  • Stand Overnight

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Banana bread gets a school-lunch spin in this moist and sweet quick bread.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (4 to 5 medium)*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger. Make a well in the center of flour mixture; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, mashed bananas, sugar, oil, and peanut butter. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in peanuts. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading evenly. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of the strawberry preserves; swirl slightly to marble. If desired, sprinkle with Streusel-Nut Topping.
  3. Bake about 70 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Wrap and store overnight.
  4. In a small microwave-safe bowl microwave the remaining strawberry preserves on 100 percent power (high) for 15 to 20 seconds or until melted, snipping any large pieces of fruit. Drizzle melted preserves over the top of bread before slicing.


  • *Tip: Bananas mash most easily when they are a little overripe--a little more black than yellow and very aromatic.

Streusel-Nut Topping


  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts


  1. In a small bowl combine brown sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

(PB and J Banana Bread)

Servings Per Recipe 16, Fat () 2, Other Carb () 1, Mark as Free Exchange () 0, calcium (mg) 17, Potassium (mg) 140, Starch () 1, iron (mg) 1, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Monounsaturated fat (g) 5, sodium (mg) 108, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, chol. (mg) 23, Fat, total (g) 9, carb. (g) 32, sat. fat (g) 1, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Thiamin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, pro. (g) 3, sugar (g) 16, vit. C (mg) 2, vit. A (IU) 49, fiber (g) 1, cal. (kcal) 213, Folate (µg) 40

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