Loaf of peanut butter bread on a white plate

Peanut Butter Bread

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I love peanut butter and I love bread. In fact, I have a whole post dedicated to the top peanut butter recipes, and I have a whole category here on bread. You could say I am a bread addict. One of my favorite easy breads to make is homemade peanut butter bread.

It is incredibly simple to make with just 6 ingredients. The batter/dough comes together in less than 10 minutes and then in the oven, it goes.

If you are a fan of peanut butter and bread, you have got to give this recipe a try. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get baking!

What is peanut butter bread?

Loaf of homemade peanut butter bread on a white plate.

Peanut butter bread is a “quick” bread that became popular during the Great Depression. A lot of families didn’t have access to fresh ingredients during that time. But pantry ingredients like peanut butter, salt, flour, baking powder, etc. Were still readily available and inexpensive.

Hence the development of this yummy peanut butter bread. A version of this recipe first appeared in a cookbook from 1932.

Now let’s learn how to make it!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and tools

Several ingredients in glass bowls on top of a wooden cutting board.

In order to make this amazing peanut butter bread from scratch, you need just 6 ingredients:

  • Flour – I always use all-purpose flour, but you could try bread flour if you like.
  • Salt – This will balance out the sweetness
  • Baking powder – The baking powder provides the leavening for the bread.
  • Sugar – I always use white granulated sugar, brown sugar will work too.
  • Milk – Whole milk is my preference, but any milk will work, including almond milk if you are lactose intolerant.
  • Peanut butter – And of course, you need peanut butter. Use natural peanut butter, or standard peanut butter, or of course you can make your own homemade peanut butter.
Loaf of peanut butter bread on a white plate.


  • Large bowl
  • Wooden or Silicone spoon
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • 5×9 or 4×8 bread loaf pan
  • Cooking spray or use shortening
  • Wire rack

Step 2: How to make peanut butter bread from scratch

Hand whisking dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Begin by preheating the oven to 325F/162 C, with the main rack is in the middle position.

Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and white granulated or brown sugar to a large bowl and whisk together really well. Then put the whisk aside, you won’t use it anymore.

Hand mixing milk into the batter

Then pour in all the milk at once and stir. It will be very thick, so you will need to use a wooden spoon or something sturdy instead of the whisk. I always use my sturdy silicone spoon. It also allows me to scrape the sides of the bowl with it. A wooden spoon works great too. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula as needed.

Peanut butter being added to the batter.

Now add the star of the dish, the peanut butter, and stir it in until well combined. You get a bit of a workout stirring by hand.

Large glass bowl filled with peanut butter bread batter.

The resulting consistency should be a very thick sticky paste consistency.

And just like that, the bread batter is ready to go. Super quick and easy, right?

Step 3: Bake that peanut butter bread

Peanut butter bread batter in a bread loaf pan.

Scoop out the batter and place it in a 5×9-inch bread loaf pan or 4×8 inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or greased with shortening. If you use the 4×8-inch bread loaf pan the resulting bread will be taller but not as wide.

Spread the batter/dough out evenly as best as you can with a spatula. Then run a butter knife down the middle. The slit in the middle helps it bake better but isn’t actually necessary.

Hand poking freshly baked peanut butter bread with a wooden skewer

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes until a toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean. It should be nice and golden brown on top.

And it will have a nice semi-crunchy outer crust.

Sliced peanut butter bread on a wooden cutting board.

Allow the bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.

Slice and serve for breakfast or just as a snack. It will have a crunchy outer crust and be a little dense but soft in the middle. You could add some jelly which would then make it peanut butter and jelly bread haha.


How long does peanut butter bread last?

If stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag the bread will last 4 to 5 days at room temperature up to a week in the fridge, and a few months in the freezer.

Can I use honey instead of sugar?

Yes, you can absolutely substitute the sugar for honey if you like, or maple syrup, or agave nectar.

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Peanut Butter Bread

This homemade Depression-era peanut butter bread is so good and super simple to make with just 6 ingredients. It has a nice crunchy outer crust and soft crumb on the inside. If you like peanut butter and bread you will love this!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, soft, sweet
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Large bowl
  • Wooden or Silicone spoon
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • 5×9 or 4×8 bread loaf pan
  • cooking spray
  • Wire rack


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour 240g
  • 1 tsp of salt 5g
  • 4 tsp of baking powder 20g
  • 1/3 cup of white granulated sugar 66g
  • 1 1/3 cups of milk whole, 2%, skim, almond, etc. (316 ml)
  • 2/3 cup of peanut butter 152g


  • Preheat oven to 325 F/162 C, with the main rack in the middle position.
  • Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl.
  • Pour in all the milk and use a sturdy spoon to mix. It will be thick and sticky.
  • Stir in the peanut butter until well combined. It will be like a thick and sticky paste. The peanut butter bread batter/dough is ready!
  • Spray a 9×5 or 8×4-inch bread loaf pan with cooking spray or grease with shortening. Then scoop all the batter in the pan and level it out with a spatula.
  • Cut a slit down the middle with a butter knife or regular knife. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Slice and serve! Enjoy!


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Calories: 202kcal

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  1. Rosemary Dixon

    I added 1/2 chocolate chunks to mine

  2. Vicki Smalley

    5 stars

  3. 5 stars
    Looking forward to make this recipe

  4. Ginny Jones

    Made the Nutella bread and it was a great hit with my husband and grandkids. Iโ€™m going to try it with gluten-free flour for a friend of mine. I also want to add walnuts or pecans to a loaf for myself. Will try the peanut butter recipe next. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe exactly as written and it turned out delicious! My kids enjoyed it as it is and adding more peanut butter too.

  6. 5 stars
    We love peanut butter at my house, so our favorite way to eat this is warm slathered with even more peanut butter. So good!

  7. 5 stars
    My kids love this bread!! They love to put some nutella on top!! It’s so soft!

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