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Can’t decide between chocolate and peanut butter?  Go with both!  This swirled Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread is a fun and tasty recipe!

Did you know that there are 3 cities in Pennsylvania with ‘peanut’ in their name?  Yup, there’s Peanut, Pennsylvania.  Then there’s Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania.  And (you guessed it) there’s also Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania.  To celebrate their namesake, the city of Peanut created the world’s largest PB&J sandwich back in the mid 1990’s.  This 40-foot long sandwich contained 150 pounds of peanut butter and 50 pounds of jelly.  150 pounds!  That’s a serious amount of peanut butter right there.

What exactly does one do with a 40-foot long PB&J sandwich?  I’m assuming you can cut it up and share it with the local residents of Peanut, PA.  However, even a 6″ section of that sandwich contains almost 2 pounds of peanut butter!  I hope they invited their neighbors from Lower Peanut and Upper Peanut over to help with that project!

If you open our pantry, you’ll always find at least 2 jars of peanut butter.  You see, when it comes to sandwiches, I’m 100% in the crunchy peanut butter camp.  I love the extra crunch in there.  (It reminds me of putting chips on my sandwiches back when I was a kid.  Did y’all ever do that??)  But when it comes to baking, I am 100% in the creamy camp.  In my opinion, creamy peanut butter just incorporates better into recipes.  And speaking of recipes, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread recipe is a new favorite around here!

Years ago, my mom typed up all of her recipes and sent the Word document to both me and my sister.  That project must have taken her weeks as I remember her recipe box in the kitchen was stuffed full of family favorites.  I love having the electronic version as I can just go in and search for a word to zoom in on the recipe quickly.  No more digging through piles of index cards and magazine clippings wondering what the heck happened to that recipe!

I was looking in that recipe file a couple of weeks ago, and I stumbled across a peanut butter bread recipe.  To be honest, I don’t ever remember my mom making this bread when I was a kid.  Maybe she did, and I just forgot about it?  I dunno.  But I stopped and looked at that recipe, and it intrigued me.  A peanut butter bread?  I’ve made plenty of quick breads over the years, but never a peanut butter version.  I baked up a loaf of that bread, and it was delicious!  Laura and I were eating a piece that night for dessert when she suggested that I swirl in some chocolate chips…and that’s how this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread came about.

Instead of swirling in chocolate chips, I went all-in and swirled chocolate batter into the peanut butter batter.  (I did use some chocolate chips on top, though.)  Chocolate + peanut butter are a classic combination, and this Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread was a huge hit in our house.  In fact, I went in and added this recipe to the family Word document so that Robbie will have the recipe once he gets older.  It’s a good one!  Enjoy!

Can’t decide between chocolate and peanut butter?  Go with both!  This swirled Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread is a fun and tasty recipe!

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:1 hour

Total Time:1 hour 15 minutes

Servings:  10 slices


For the Peanut Butter Portion

  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ Tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup peanut butter

For the Chocolate Portion

  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips


For the Peanut Butter Portion

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using a large bowl, add flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt; stir until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, add milk, egg and peanut butter; stir until well combined.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients; stir until just combined.

For the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

  1. Grease and flour a standard bread pan.
  2. Pour the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. (Tip: Use a spatula to spread batter evenly into pan.)
  3. Pour the peanut butter batter on top of the chocolate batter. Use a table knife or large spoon to gently swirl the two batters together.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top before baking.
  5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean. (Note: Tent bread with foil after ~30 minutes to prevent the top from burning.)
  6. Let bread cool in pan for 30 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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