Vegan Peanut Butter Bread is super easy to make! You just mix everything together, pour it in a pan, and bake! Add ingredients such as dried fruit, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips to vary your bread. Use different types of nut butters to change the flavor. Homemade bread is a great snack, and you can even enjoy a slice for with breakfast or for dessert. This easy recipe is vegan with a gluten-free option.
The going gets tough, the tough get baking. At least that’s what it seems like based on my Instagram feed. I’m a little bit late to the baking game, because I was out of flour. Well, that’s not entirely true, because I had a bunch of different kinds of non-wheat flour hanging around the pantry—like chickpea, cassava, and, and buckwheat—which I had picked up for various recipes. I also had exactly one cup of Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flour, which I used to make Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.
I was lucky enough to get two grocery orders in the past month—one for a ShopRite pickup and the other for a Peapod delivery. Both times I put whole wheat and all-purposed flour in my cart. And both times the stores were out of stock. Luckily, Amazon came through and I got a delivery of Bob’s 1-to-1 gluten-free flour again.
Peanut Butter Bread
And as luck would have it, the day I received my flour, I came across a post on Buzzfeed about an olde timey Peanut Butter Bread recipe that has gone viral thanks to a thread on Reddit. The article said the recipe super easy and only requires a few ingredients. So why not try it?
Vegan Peanut Butter Bread
The recipe calls for peanut butter. I do have some on hand, but my supply is running low, and it seems like the stores are too, because it’s another product I had in my grocery orders that was out of stock. I do have almond butter though, and I also have a jar of Peanut Butter & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams. So why not try it with both?!
My first loaf of peanut butter bread was made with the chocolate peanut butter, and it was heavenly! The batter seemed to be a little dry, though, so I increased the amount of nondairy milk.
I used almond butter in my second loaf. To zhuzh things up a little, I also added chopped blanched almonds, chocolate chips, and dried cherries. Chocolate, almonds, and cherries are divine combination!
Most of the photos in this post are actually the almond butter vacation, so I should have called this recipe Cherry Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Bread. That's a mouthful though – both literally and figuratively!
I plan on making another loaf soon using tahini and sesame seeds.
How to Make Vegan Peanut Butter Bread
It couldn’t be easier to make this recipe!
- First you mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Then you add the nondairy milk and nut butter. The batter will be a little thick – that's okay.
- Next you add the dried fruit, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts, if using.
- Pour the batter into a loaf pan and smooth top.
- Finally, you bake your bread for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Mix up your nut butters to change the flavor of your bread. Try hazelnut, chocolate peanut butter, almond butter, or even sun butter
- You can add chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried fruit to your bread for texture.
- Add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon for a little extra sweetness.
- Play with different flavor combinations.
- Chocolate peanut butter with chocolate chips makes a delicious double chocolate bread.
- You can use almond butter and add dried cherries and almonds for a cherry almond bread.
- Add a sliced banana and chopped peanuts to the mix for a peanuty twist on banana bread.
If you don’t want to eat your bread right away (though I doubt that will happen!) you can place it in an air-tight container and freeze it for up to 6 months.
Use Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flourif you follow a gluten-free diet.
This recipe will work with either vanilla or unflavored nondairy milk. Vanilla milk will add a very subtle vanilla flavor to your bread.
Be sure your peanut butter isn’t made with a lot of ingredients. It should just contain peanuts and maybe salt, if your using regular, natural peanut butter. You can use either chunky or smooth, depending on whether or not you want a little crunch in your bread.
I like to bake with organic coconut palm sugar, as it’s less processed than regular cane sugar, and it has a lower glycemic index than can sugar, too.
Make sure your chocolate chips are dairy-free. I like Enjoy Life brand chips.
This bread is not very sweet. If you'd like it sweeter, you can add a little more sugar.
Enjoy your bread as is, or you can toast it and serve it with jam and more nut butter. You can also use it to make French toast!
Vegan Peanut Butter Bread
- 2 cups whole wheat flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour mix
- ¼ cup organic sugar such as sucanat or coconut palm sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup natural nut butter try peanut butter, almond butter, or sun butter
- 1 ¾ cups unsweetened nondairy milk
- ¼ cup chopped nuts optional
- ¼ cup dried fruit optional
- ¼ cup nondairy chocolate chips optional
- Preheat your oven to 350° and lightly oil an 8x4-inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the milk and nut butter to the bowl and mix until combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick.
- Gently fold in the nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate chips, if using.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared loaf pan and smoothe top with a large spoon or spatula. Bake until the bread until it is golden brown around the edges and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45-55 minutes.
- Place the loaf pan on a wire rack and allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before carefully removing it from the pan.
Other recipes you might enjoy include:
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
- Vegan Soda Bread
- Carrot Cake Muffins
- Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins