Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread


You know when you think something just can’t get better?

Kinda like when I got an Atari back in the day…I played Q-Bert like nobody’s business, never thinking there could be a better video game.

Or when I got my first cell phone…with the awesome antennae…

What about the M&M?  The original was so delicious..then they decided to make the Peanut Butter M&M…and then the Pretzel M&M…and things got better.

Or even my first ipod, which wasn’t even that long ago…

And how many times have you been doing bicep curls at the gym only to ask yourself how could they possibly improve on the hand weight?  Boom!  Someone invents the Shake Weight.

See?  Even when you think something can’t get better…it probably can.


Like banana bread.  It’s a pretty perfect treat.  I mean, how can you possibly best homemade banana bread?

Well, my friends, let me tell you…

You add peanut butter and Reese’s Cups.

There’s really no more explanation needed, is there?


Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread.

I always use my mom’s recipe for banana bread and for this I just adapted it a little…

Grease your loaf pan.

Then mix all your ingredients together in a bowl and pour in the game-changing Reese’s cups.  I suggest that you use the mini ones…a whole 8 oz. bag.

Spread your batter into your pan and bake it.

For a whole hour.

Be patient, because your house will smell all sorts of wonderful…and because you’ll end up with banana bread that’ll make you literally swoon.

You can just call me the Steve Jobs of banana bread.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Reese’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Canola or Vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ cups of all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 8 oz bag of Reese’s Mini cups
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease your loaf pan (I used an 8 x 4 pan) with butter or shortening.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl stir together your bananas, peanut butter, oil, egg and sugars.
  5. Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy. DO NOT OVER-STIR.
  6. Fold in your Reese’s Mini cups and spread batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake for approx 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and remove from loaf pan, transferring bread to a cooling rack.
I bake my breads in a stone loaf pan, but certainly you don’t have to. BUT if you notice the bread browning too fast, lower the temperature down to 325° and loosely tent it with foil.

*Also, some readers have noticed that if you over-stir the batter the texture will be crumbly, so make sure not to over-stir!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
October 26, 2011 12:22 am

Shelly this looks soooo good! I love banana bread and I love Reese cups. I usually make my banana bread with peanut butter but need to kick it up with the reeses cups like you did. It looks so moist and perfect…I’m all over it!

October 26, 2011 12:35 am

Yum! So good – I have been making it this way for 2 years and it always gets RAVE reviews!

November 29, 2012 10:19 am

I am with you on this, Michelle. Ever since discovering this recipe on pinterest, I absolutely love making this banana bread, and everybody loves it! I sometimes modify the recipe by adding walnuts instead of the peanut butter cups for people who don’t care too much for the extra sugar. Thanks so much for this recipe! Highly recommended!

Cookbook Queen
October 26, 2011 12:35 am

You are truly a good citizen of the world. Look at you, all selfless. Going and making the world a better place to live in.

October 26, 2011 12:56 am

I just…I have…no words. I want to lick my screen, it looks that good! You are a GENIUS!

October 26, 2011 11:12 am

I totally had a giggle with this ….. “lick my screen” made me think of a stupid app I have on my phone called “Screen cleaner” ….. hehe 🙂

lou lou
January 31, 2012 3:22 pm

you are so totally funny, but licking the screen sounds like a darned good thing to do, yum! Cannot wait to try this.

October 26, 2011 1:20 am

Seeing as how Reese’s make EVERYTHING better. This really had to happen.

October 26, 2011 1:31 am

I am so trying this! Thanks for the idea. My husband is obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate. He is going to be really happy….

October 26, 2011 1:32 am

I’m in love with anything Reese’s. Looks simply delicious and I will definitely being trying it!

October 26, 2011 1:39 am

🙂 I also made banana bread, it really is the best! but it never occured to me to add peanut butter cups but it was still really good

October 26, 2011 2:41 am

I have been following your blog for a while and have made several of your recipes and I also share a love of all things chocolate and peanut butter. My sister is getting married this weekend and my next few days are crazy and jam packed of stuff I have to do and do not have an extra second in my day to do anything else, but I actually sat here and contemplated if I would have time to make this! You better believe first thing next week, this is what I am going to be making!

October 26, 2011 2:54 am

I thought you added just a few cups of Reese’s but then I saw the photos…OMG, it must be so good! Then I’m thinking, possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing, love the idea.

Luv What You Do
October 26, 2011 2:57 am

That is a beautiful bread! I have made many banana breads in my day but never with peanut butter cups. It might even get my boyfriend to try banana bread!

October 26, 2011 3:15 am

You’re an evil genius.

Tia @ Buttercreambarbie
October 26, 2011 3:49 am

wow – amazing yummyness on the screen!

October 26, 2011 4:12 am

oh hello all my favorite things IN ONE LOAF PAN!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College
October 26, 2011 4:31 am

No way…did you really add Reese’s to banana bread…this is TOO delicious. I am in awe.

October 26, 2011 4:38 am

yummy and inviting bread

October 26, 2011 4:46 am

Reeses makes everything better:-)

October 26, 2011 5:11 am

Great minds think alike Shelly! That is so funny that we both put the Reese’s to good use. All of your creative, original recipes inspire me!!

Michele B
Michele B
October 26, 2011 5:38 am

I find myself coming back this page continuously looking at this recipe. I have already taken some banannas ( my children’s healthy snack) and have hoarded them away so they are the right ripeness so I can make this not so healthy yumminess (which most likely I will not share with my children)! You speak to my heart when you involve Reese’s …..

Erin @ Texanerin Baking
October 26, 2011 7:11 am

The picture of an entire bag of peanut butter cups in your batter gave me a nice laugh. 🙂 I’d love to make this, but no peanut butter cups here. They recently introduced Skittles in Germany, and although I don’t really like Skittles, I got really excited thinking maybe they had also introduced Reese’s and I went to check the candy aisle of all the stores. But nope. That day is sure to never come. My banana bread recipe is almost the same, so I can already say that this bread is delicious. 🙂

Brenda I
Brenda I
February 4, 2012 2:10 am

No Reese’s? What a shame! Try using chocolate chips, won’t be quite the same, but will add that chocolate to the batter. My mom makes banana bread with chocolate ships in it all the time! Yummy! I’ll have to share this recipe with her!!

July 26, 2012 6:56 pm

If you have a friend who lives in Canada, they can mail them over to you, lable them as “Gift” – We do it all the time for my sister in Australia :o)

October 26, 2011 10:20 am

gnamm gnamm!!!

October 26, 2011 11:13 am

Yumma Yumma! This looks so delicious! I’ve always added chocolate (preferably ghiradelli dark chocolate chips) but this sounds soooooooo good!

October 26, 2011 11:14 am

Holy. Crap. I love you.

Heather (Heather
October 26, 2011 11:41 am

this is pure genius and i’m pretty sure that my heart skipped a beat!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
October 26, 2011 12:16 pm

I was completely planning to use my brown bananas for something healthy…… but now I really want to make this!

October 26, 2011 12:32 pm


October 26, 2011 1:29 pm

This is the best vehicle for consuming gross nasty bananas that I have EVER seen. You rock hard core.

p.s. Shake weights? Seriously? They look sooooo wrong.

October 26, 2011 1:33 pm

Great way to jazz up banana bread!

Lori @ RecipeGirl
October 26, 2011 1:44 pm

Oh My! What a treat this is! I just made some cookies with those bitty PB cups in them the other day. They’re too easy to eat!

bridget {bake at 350}
October 26, 2011 1:45 pm

Girl, you are so dangerous!!!

Mal @ The Chic Geek
October 26, 2011 2:33 pm

This sounds absolutely amazing!

Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
October 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Now that is some tasty looking banana bread!

Mighty Morgan
October 26, 2011 4:44 pm

Reese’s should seriously pay you for all the wonderful ways you use their peanut butter cups…and who thought Banana bread could get better until you 🙂
Makes sense after the fact….peanut butter + banana’s + chocolate + bread = awesomeness!~~~~

October 26, 2011 6:00 pm

My gosh!! How on earth do you come up with all of this yumminess?? This is fantastic, I am sure going to try it this weekend!

Peanut butter M&M’s are my weakness, I will eat an entire bag in one sitting (not the little bags either).

October 26, 2011 6:03 pm

That looks great.

October 26, 2011 6:06 pm

I pinned this before I even read the recipe. I cannot wait to try this.

Choc Chip Uru
October 26, 2011 7:07 pm

You have given me an excuse to eat these cups for breakfast – thank you 😉

October 26, 2011 7:16 pm

every item i love, rolled into one recipe.

October 26, 2011 9:09 pm

I’ve made peanut butter banana bread before but this is amazing! Totally kills the other.

October 26, 2011 9:35 pm

So I guess I’m behind the times…I’ve made some yummy Banana bread in my time but not once did it accrue to me to put peanut butter in it! Holy cow did I miss the train on that one! I know that I am one of the few that’s not a big fan of Reese’ stuff but the PB sounds grand! And to quote one of the above ladies…you are Truly an Evil Genius!!! Thank you!!!

October 26, 2011 11:48 pm

OMG. I just found your blog about a week ago, and I can’t stop reading. You are going to make my entire family gain a lot of weight. These recipes all just look too good!

October 27, 2011 5:32 am

I’m now suddenly very sad, as not only do I really want to try this (and no mini-pb cups here – for some reason the English in general just don’t like peanut butter – odd, right?), but when did they come out with pretzel M&Ms, and how did I miss that!?

July 4, 2015 10:57 am

Not true – I just got some in sainsburys!

October 27, 2011 12:49 pm

I so want to make this now. Looks amazing.

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
October 27, 2011 4:29 pm

This is just lovely! And is there any better combination in life than banana, chocolate and peanut butter?!

Katrina @ In Katrina
October 27, 2011 4:33 pm

Those mini pb cups are like crack. And this bread is insane in the most delicious way. Oh my word.

October 27, 2011 10:46 pm

Great idea and looks super delish 🙂 All delicious goodness in one bite!

October 29, 2011 7:52 am

sprinkle some bacon bits on top and you have an homage to elvis. 🙂

plasterer bristol
October 20, 2016 10:05 am

Oh boy this sounds so good. Cant wait to give this a go.