Or in alternating titles, How To Trash Up Your Banana Bread.

I mean, I guess maybe Elvis would be my friend if he was still kickin’ but I don’t even have any hope there. So you’re just gonna have to put up with me and my bacon banana bread.


For some of you, that may sound like an absolute nightmare. Like my mom. She just cannot handle bacon in baked goods or sweets and I assure you she has already clicked that X in the corner before getting this far. But for those of you who enjoy toasting bread, slathering it with peanut butter, layering on banana slices and crumbling some pig on top… I’m thinking you could get behind this.

Because if these flavors were cool enough for Elvis… they’re probably too cool for all of us.

This also takes banana bread to a whole new breakfast level. It’s always been an easy, portable and fantastic choice in the morning, but bacon seals the deal. Total breakfast foods!

As if the deal even needs sealing.

This bread is chock full of your traditional bananas (um, duh), a hint of peanut butter, and lots of crumbled bacon. Oh… and even some bacon grease. Yesssss. I did.

If you want your banana bread super peanut buttery, I highly suggest dropping in some peanut butter chips to up the ante. I chose to leave them out since my snack of choice tends to be a slice covered in a thick layer of peanut butter, and I still wanted the banana and bacon flavors to shine.

Either way though… this is winning.

Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread

[adapted from my triple fudge banana bread]

makes one 10 x 6 loaf

6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 large egg

2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter, melted and cooled

1/4 cup bacon drippings resulting from cooking bacon

4 bananas, mashed (about 2 1/4 cups mashed)

1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add bacon, cooking until crisp and fat is rendered. Remove bacon and let drain on a paper towel until ready to use. Reserve 1/4 cup of bacon drippings and set aside.

Spray a loaf pan liberally with non-stick spray or grease with butter. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon then set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar together until smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract, peanut butter, bacon drippings and butter, then add bananas and milk and mix until combined. Add in dry ingredients slowing, mixing with a spoon until batter comes together. Fold in bacon until it’s equally distributed.

Pour batter into loaf pan. Set pan on a baking sheet, then bake for 45-50 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove bread from oven and let cool completely before cutting.

Note: if you’d like even more peanut butter flavor, stir in a big handful of peanut butter chips!

But would be better with a bacon slice up there.

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108 Responses to “Bacon Peanut Butter Banana Bread.”

  1. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — May 29, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    Since I’m not a bacon girl, I’ve actually never tried the Elvis. I’m going to take your word for it though!


  2. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — May 29, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Banana bread is probably one of my favorite things to bake. It smells great, it tastes great, and it really is a comfort childhood memory food for me. Adding bacon? Whoa. I never would have thought!


  3. #
    Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles — May 29, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    oh my goodness. it’s hideous, yet so very, very beautiful! oh banana bread, how versatile are thou.


  4. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — May 29, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    Same train of thought as the McGriddle sandwich idea (sweet/salty), but way prettier – and with fruit and healthy fats. ;)


  5. #
    Rodzilla — May 29, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    5th…..damnit. I kid :p

    You and your husband must have some ridiculous self control, or hyperthyroids you’ve failed to mention…maybe both. I wouldn’t be able to stop at just part of the loaf.


  6. #
    Rachel R — May 29, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Oh.my.lord. Of all your amazing recipes this might just be the best I’ve seen yet. I’m already thinking of how I can add in chocolate and take it to a whole other level. Holy YUM


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2012 @ 9:27 am

      I almost added chocolate chips, but wanted to try this combo alone first. Next time!


      • Rachel R — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:23 am

        Making this at 10 PM last night when I got home from happy hour was quite possibly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Today’s breakfast was the best EVER!

  7. #
    Kim in MD — May 29, 2012 @ 7:23 am

    Oh no, you didnt! This is genius! I love that you smeared peanut butter on the bacon banana bread, and yes- Elvis would approve!


  8. #
    Liz — May 29, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Elvis would DEFINITELY approve – and I approve too :) YUM!


  9. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 29, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    It’s like you combined my Husbands and my favorite into one bread! I’m a Peanut Butter freak and he’s bacon loving crazy man!! Love the recipe, very creative!


  10. #
    Li — May 29, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    This reminds me of Elvis’s peanut butter and banana sandwich which I think I saw on a Nigella show, except with bacon included. Yum!


  11. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 29, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    You’ve got the craziest imagination ever girly, but I love it!! And don’t worry – your posts never get X’d off of my computer screen – more like they get made into my desktop wallpaper!


  12. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — May 29, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I was just telling my husband this morning (while eating it) that the banana, pb, and bacon combo is amazing…except mine was in the form of pancakes. This looks awesome!!!


  13. #
    Gen — May 29, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Sounds awesome! Bacon makes (almost) everything better!


  14. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — May 29, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Ohhhh my. I love this. My husband actually got an Elvis burger on Saturday. It had bacon, fried bananas, and peanut butter on top of a big old sirloin patty. It was delicious. And I have no doubt that this banana bread would be delicious, as well! ;)


    • Jessica — May 29th, 2012 @ 9:26 am

      I’ve been dying to try one of those burgers!


  15. #
    Amanda N — May 29, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    This is such a great idea. You are amazing! can’t wait to try this.


  16. #
    Meghan — May 29, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    You just combined my favorite things! Drizzle some chocolate over the whole thing and… Sorry I am drooling all over my keyboard. Let me get back to you..


  17. #
    Rachel Cooks — May 29, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    Oh yeah, this is definitely winning. Amazing!


  18. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 29, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    This is effed up… I LIKE IT!


  19. #
    Jenna — May 29, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Oh good. My curiosity has been sated for what you’re going to add bacon to next. :)


  20. #
    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — May 29, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    this is crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! but i LOVE it!!!!!!!


  21. #
    Laura — May 29, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    I can imagine this tasting good. Bacon tastes so so so delicious with maple syrup so why not peanut butter?!


  22. #
    Ryan @ Spicy Richmond — May 29, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Love bacon in anything. But with bananas? Total craziness. Love it.


  23. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 29, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    OMG Jessica, you did it again!! I love bacon in baked goods, and I can totally see myself enjoying this bread all by myself!


  24. #
    Katie — May 29, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Oh heavens, yes.


  25. #
    Kelly — May 29, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Shut the front door!!! This sounds completely amazing!


  26. #
    Cait's Plate — May 29, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    Yes please. Especially smothered with peanut butter.


  27. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — May 29, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Shut the front door! This is pure genius!!!


  28. #
    kristy — May 29, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Yessss! Do you remember when I sent you that photo of my banana bread with peanut butter chips, slathered with homemade cream cheese frosting, crispy bacon, and cinnamon sugar?

    I’m feeling compelled to whip up your recipe, and think my nine-year-old would prefer your take over mine (he’s not a big frosting person – whose kid is he?!) – yum!


  29. #
    Chelsy — May 29, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    I am speechless. Breakfast to-go please!


  30. #
    Kendra — May 29, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    You’re my kind of crazy!!


  31. #
    Alyssa — May 29, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    bacon in banana bread?!!! with PB? I’m sold :)


  32. #
    Ashley — May 29, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    The tops of your breads always look so perfect!


  33. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — May 29, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I’ve actually never tried the Elvis but I’m thinking I could WOW in-laws with this! Now, that’s saying something HUGE! :)


  34. #
    Cassie — May 29, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    I made two loaves on Friday night. Why couldn’t I have thought to add nice crispy bacon? I need!


  35. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 29, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    mmmmmmmmm the Elvis…just what i need right now!


  36. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 29, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    I am already envisioning this with a thick layer of nutella on top. I’m seriously drooling at my desk at work.


  37. #
    Katie — May 29, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Since banana bread was on the baking schedule today and I just happen to have some maple bacon open that I used in your roasted potato recipe last night, I think I will be making this today. My husband will be excited as will the kids, add me to the list as well. I made your blueberry bacon coffee cake and shared it with the school staff, very high ratings!


  38. #
    Allie@sweetpotatobites — May 29, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    this sounds like a crazy combination but i love it! can’t wait to give it a try!


  39. #
    Stephanie — May 29, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    Wow, I wouldn’t think to put bacon into anything, but this sounds pretty good..


  40. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 29, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    I knew it was just a matter of time before bacon + PB found it’s way into sweets for you! I think you’ve done bacon cookies, right? I am not a bacon eater but I am a PB and banana bread eater and it looks awesome!!


  41. #
    Alysha @Shesontherun — May 29, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I LOVE the Elvis. Since we are bacon obsessed in WI, i’m surprised I haven’t seen this at a bakery before!


  42. #
    erin — May 29, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    I’ve been following your posts for about a month now, and I end up forwarding them to my brother. I know you’re taken, but I tease my brother that you’re his soul mate b/c you are just as passionate about food as he is and he always drookls over everything you make
    He doesn’t cook but he loves to eat and he jokes that hebwoukd weigh 400lbs if he lived in your household! Keep up the good work!


  43. #
    Sabina — May 29, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    wow – i think you might be my twin separated at birth!!!!! I’m loving your blog – bacon and peanut butter. my two favorite things!!!


  44. #
    Meghan @ After the Ivy League — May 29, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Oh boy, after a weekend of pure, unadulterated food indulgence thanks to Memorial Day, this probably isn’t the best recipe to try for breakfast this week. But then again…bacon + peanut butter = protein, and bananas are definitely healthy. So….justified? Yes.


  45. #
    Mary @ Bake Break — May 29, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Are you kidding me?? We should be BEST FRIENDS. I love it. I love everything you post!


  46. #
    Erin — May 29, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    So I have a few bananas that will be ready for banana bread soon, perfect timing before I leave the country for two weeks. And here you are with this recipe, it’s like you knew ;-)


  47. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — May 29, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    This banana bread is too good for words. I want to demolish the whole loaf!


  48. #
    Jules — May 29, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    It is crazy good if you also through in some chocolate chips with that bacon!


  49. #
    Kristen — May 29, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    So stupid question… has anyone died from eating this? I am kidding but really, has anyone died from eating this? :) I am afraid to try it just in case I get addicted!


  50. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — May 29, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    You are insane! And I mean that in the best possible way :-)



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