Peanut Butter Banana Bagels

by Erin

The idea for these bagels spawned from reading a post on A Beautiful Mess, where Emma mentioned that her favorite bagel was from Panera – a peanut butter and banana bagel in fact! I never had the chance to try this gem, as it has been discontinued, but decided to take on this challenge of recreating what I imagine they would have been like. The execution of making these bagels however, poses the problem of  adding two wet ingredients to dough, which would just result is needing more flour. But I have made bagels using pumpkin puree in the past and therefore substituted with mashed banana and used PB2’s powdered peanut butter instead.

PB Banana Bagels 1

I had hoped for a very obvious flavor, but the result was more subtle and I may need to try folding in real peanut butter for a swirl or try peanut butter chips. Or maybe my desire for a super peanut buttery-banana-y bagel is unrealistic, and this is as close as it gets. Don’t get me wrong, these were wonderful bagels! I wouldn’t be sharing them on my blog if they were not, just not a “wow that’s an explosion of peanut butter-banana flavor”. That response might be reserved for moister items such as muffins and blondies. To compensate, these were particularly good with a smear of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Peanut butter on top of peanut butter – that’s just how I roll!

PB Banana Bagels 2

Actually, I recently discovered that cake batter flavor exists, and upon searching their website while writing this post found both banana and peanut butter flavorings. I feel like it would be a cop out to use them instead of real banana and peanut butter, but maybe a couple drops would get this bagel flavor up to the next level. What are your thoughts?

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Makes 8 bagels


2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup white whole wheat flour

1/4 cup PB2 powdered peanut butter

1 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup warm water

2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast

2 Tbsp sugar, divided

1 large very ripe banana, mashed


  1. In a small bowl, combine the two flours. In a large bowl, whisk together 2-1/2 cups of the flour, powdered peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, yeast and 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of sugar.  Whisk together slightly and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes or until slightly foamy.
  3. Add the mashed banana and mix using a dough hook, then begin to slowly add the flour mixture.  Mix for 5 minutes or until smooth, alternating between slow and medium speeds as you add flour. You want to mix it until the dough is no longer sticky. After 5 minutes, if the dough is sticky, incorporate the remaining flour, a little at a time.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased large bowl. Cover and allow the dough to double in size, around 1 hour.
  5. Remove the dough and punch it down. Divide into equal pieces.  A digital scale is very helpful, but if you don’t have one just eye out 8 even pieces of dough.  Press your finger through the middle of the ball, and form into a bagel shape.  They will rise some more, so if you want a hole, make it bigger than the size of a quarter.  Repeat with the the rest of the dough. Place on prepared baking sheet and let rest until risen but not doubled, 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bring 12 cups of water to a boil with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
  7. In batches, boil the bagels for around 20 to 30 seconds per side.  Remove from water and place back on prepared baking pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool before serving.

Source: Adapted from Pumpkin Bagels, inspired by A Beautiful Mess.


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Jocelyn May 22, 2013 - 12:38 am

Mmmm I could totally go for one of these right now!!

Tracey May 21, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Wow I’ve been missing out big time – I never got a chance to try that bagel either, and it sounds so good! Luckily you put together a homemade version for me to try, I love the smear of chocolate peanut butter on there :)

Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook May 21, 2013 - 1:46 pm

I can’t remember the last time I had a bagel…now I”m craving one! I love powdered PB; it’s my new obsession!

Joanne May 21, 2013 - 5:36 am

This is such a crazy bagel flavor! I love it. Wonder why Panera discontinued it…

I feel like imitation banana could be weird and a little artificial tasting, but a few drops of peanut butter “flavor” could be good!

ashley - baker by nature May 20, 2013 - 10:29 pm

All of my favorite things in one post!

Emily @ Life on Food May 20, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Why did Panera ever stop making them. Amazing idea for a bagel. I kind of think banana in general is a subtle flavor so the flavoring might just be the only option.

Michelle @amourbeurre May 20, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Can NOT wait to try these! I might add some pecans to mine!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 20, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Oh my gosh, what a fab recipe! I am so making these bagels!! Love it!!

Brooke Schweers May 20, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Oh my these are revolutionary!! To put the banana and PB IN the bagel!! They look and sound amazing.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets May 20, 2013 - 12:35 pm

These are awesome Erin. And you put chocolate on it…oh yeah.

sally @ sallys bakingaddiction May 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

Pinch me. I’m dreaming. You just created my dream bagel. My eyes are hearts as I fall in love with this recipe!

spiffycookie May 20, 2013 - 10:22 am

Hehe not a dream!!

Zainab May 20, 2013 - 8:36 am

These look so good Erin! And I love the pictures too :)

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

Oooooh I’m not normally a bagel girl but I could get with a pb and banana bagel!

steph@stephsbitebybite May 20, 2013 - 7:09 am

ermygawd! Do you have any clue what these bagels are doing to my tummy? Hint: Grroowl, grumble grumble


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