Double Chocolate Bread with Peanut Butter Spread

I’ve been wanting to making this chocolate bread with peanut butter spread for a long time now and for a couple of reasons.

The number one reason, obviously, is because it rhymes.

Say it with me – Chocolate Bread with Peanut Butter Spread.

That’s just fun.

The second reason is because it sounds yummy. It’s chocolate bread, for the love of Pete. And then you spread peanut butter on it! And it’s considered BREAKFAST.

The one thing holding me back, however, has been my husband.

Every couple of weeks I’d mention this bread. “Hey, how about some chocolate bread with peanut butter spread for breakfast tomorrow?” And every time he would wrinkle his nose and ask “Chocolate bread? Sounds gross. How about some cookies instead?”

Yes. Cookies. For breakfast. Like that’s reasonable.

Today, I told him that I just couldn’t live like this anymore and I made the dang bread. The chocolate bread with peanut butter spread.

I’m sorry. Rhyming is just so fun. I can’t help but repeat it over and over.

The original recipe called for dark chocolate chunks to be mixed through the bread, but I used half dark and half semi-sweet. My kids aren’t dark chocolate fans and I didn’t want to be forced to eat the whole loaf myself. I would have done it, of course, but I wouldn’t have liked it. Or maybe I just would have liked it too much? Hard sayin’.

Either way, this was yummy. The kids and I had it for breakfast and the husband had some leftover Oreos. We’re a healthful bunch.

Double Chocolate Bread with Peanut Butter Spread


    For the bread:
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces good quality dark chocolate chunks (I used half dark, half semi-sweet)
  • For the peanut butter spread:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


    For the bread:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Place the brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle atttachment. Press out any lumps with the back of a spoon. Add the cocoa, flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined.
  3. In a seperate bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yoolk until blended, then add the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and slowly stream the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing until just combined. Stir in the dark chocolate chunks by hand. Do not over mix!
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a cooling rack.
  7. For the peanut butter spread:
  8. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together all ingredients until well combined and fluffy. Use immediately or store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

recipe from Baked Explorations


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34 Responses to “Double Chocolate Bread with Peanut Butter Spread”

  1. MelanieL March 22, 2011 @ 2:35 pm (#

    Wow, looks delicious! I have everything to make it except the 8oz choc chunks…could I sub in semi-sweet choc chips and get the same results??


  2. Denise March 22, 2011 @ 2:49 pm (#

    Here again, I look and stare and salivate, and print and bookmark until after Easter. One thing though NO BUTTER!!! in recipe, I am a bit disappointed but sure looks good and will taste good when I can bake it. Thanks for another great recipe for me to try !!!


  3. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos March 22, 2011 @ 2:55 pm (#

    Looks dangerously delicious! I bet that spread would rock on some banana bread too :)


  4. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 22, 2011 @ 3:01 pm (#

    YUM I love the look of this! I would eat it for any meal — and in between :) Love the rhyme, too!


  5. Amy @ A Little Nosh March 22, 2011 @ 6:17 pm (#

    That would last all of three seconds in my house. Okay, fine, FOUR seconds.


  6. Joanne March 22, 2011 @ 6:26 pm (#

    Peanut butter and chocolate totally have all sorts of antioxidants and stuff in them. And peanut butter also has some vitamins and minerals. So total health food. And stuff.

    Who thinks chocolate bread is weird? I say…obscenely delicious. More for you guys.


  7. Barbara March 22, 2011 @ 6:34 pm (#

    I’m definitely making that bread Karly and think cream cheese on it would be marvelous…..but I’m passing on the pb!


  8. Alison@ Ingredients,Inc March 22, 2011 @ 7:27 pm (#

    just found your site! This looks fabulous!


  9. Stefanie March 22, 2011 @ 7:35 pm (#

    Oh goodness, this look amazing. And for breakfast? Dangerous. :)


  10. Husbands are silly. Don’t listen to them ;)


  11. Amanda Nehls March 23, 2011 @ 7:51 am (#

    This looks incredible! I am putting this on my ‘Must Try’ list immediately. You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, especially for breakfast :)


  12. Marie @ Chocolate & Wine March 23, 2011 @ 7:54 am (#

    Looks incredible as usual. I LOVE chocolate of any sort and I think my family would enjoy this too! And how easy!!!

    xo – Marie
    Chocolate & Wine


  13. Cookbook Queen March 23, 2011 @ 8:45 am (#

    I want this chocolate bread with peanut butter spread.

    I will eat it at the table, I will eat it in my bed.

    I will cook veggies for my family, but I’ll eat this instead.

    Yeah…I’m probably about to write a best selling book of poetry. Don’t be jeal.

    Kristan :)


  14. Maria March 23, 2011 @ 10:58 am (#

    Wow, what a treat!


  15. Alli March 23, 2011 @ 11:03 am (#

    We are working on rhyming in our house with our 4 year old and this seems like the perfect teaching vehicle!


  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 23, 2011 @ 12:39 pm (#

    Oh my goodness, Karly! That is one helluva cake. I’m drooling over here! This is such a great recipe and you take positively mouthwatering photos. Thanks for sharing!


  17. Holly March 23, 2011 @ 3:59 pm (#

    Oh my, my, my-I gotta have this NOW!! Printing:)


  18. grace March 24, 2011 @ 4:46 am (#

    double whammy here, karly: the rhyming name is clearly the best part, but that’s followed closely by the ever-amazing chocolate-pb combo. nice work!


  19. Michelle March 24, 2011 @ 6:38 pm (#

    Oh my God! You’re evil!!! (I have to make this tomorrow!)


  20. Oooh chocolate bread (with peanut butter spread.) Sounds fantastic, and looks even better!


  21. Michelle March 25, 2011 @ 5:59 am (#

    Oh, mercy, this sounds amazing.


  22. Ashley April 14, 2011 @ 7:45 am (#

    Haha I love that it rhymes too and of course it looks amazing.


  23. Megan @ pipandebby April 27, 2011 @ 1:20 pm (#

    Oh my dear goodness, this looks like it came from heaven! Wow!


  24. Henrietta May 1, 2011 @ 9:32 am (#

    I NEED this now! Yum1


  25. MeganM May 4, 2011 @ 8:22 pm (#

    Just made this tonight (hubby loves the PB+Chocolate combo) and it was wonderful! I didn’t have any unsweetened cocoa so I just used my Dutch cocoa and exluded the white sugar and it was perfection!!!


  26. JulieP October 18, 2011 @ 8:05 pm (#

    Do you really use granulated sugar in the spread or powdered sugar? I haven’t made it yet, but wanted to check. Granulated sugar sounded like t might be a bit grainy for a spread.


  27. Karly October 18, 2011 @ 8:20 pm (#


    Good catch! I used powdered sugar, but mistyped the recipe. :)



  28. Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare November 18, 2011 @ 6:26 pm (#

    Ok, that looks divine!! Thanks for sharing!


  29. Paul July 28, 2012 @ 6:08 pm (#

    My gosh. This has sugar in it and is chocolate cake twit. Breads need yeast and must rise. Check this ite out for some legit creative chocolate bread:


    Karly Reply:


    It’s a quick bread, not a yeast bread, similar to banana bread. But thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. It’s people like you who spread joy to the world!



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