Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Bread

by Erin

This isn’t your every day cinnamon swirl bread, but maybe it should be. Peanut butter bread with a chocolate swirl is a serious game changer.

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This might be my first ever swirl bread guys. And by might I mean it is (well other than Potica). But this is no ordinary cinnamon swirl bread, in fact there’s no cinnamon at all. So what is that beautiful swirl you ask? CHOCOLATE. But you know I didn’t stop there. If the day of the week is any hint (or you know, the title of this post), your first guess should be that there is peanut butter in there somewhere and you would be right! I present to you, peanut butter chocolate swirl bread!

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When you’ve been blogging for almost 7 years, about half of them featuring #PBChocSat posts during football season, and the other half just full of peanut butter and chocolate on the regular, you start running out of peanut butter and chocolate recipe ideas. Or do you? I actually have a file saved of all my random ideas that I think of and now is the time for them to be unleashed!

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This was actually one of my more recent ideas and all it involved was taking a recipe for cinnamon swirl bread, adding powdered peanut butter to the dough and substituting the cinnamon for cocoa powder. While the flavor profile ends up being more subtle than you would initially suspect, it’s still a knockout and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Well, ok I wish I had rolled my dough up a little tighter to avoid the gaps, but that’s being nit picky.

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If you’re feeling like there isn’t enough peanut butter and chocolate going on, feel free to smear them with some peanut butter or chocolate-hazelnut spread. Or both, no judgement. It is #PBChocSat after all. Use the leftovers to make French toast? Heck yea! As for football, today the Buckeyes are played Army West Point. Here’s to hoping it won’t be as painful to watch as last week’s game against Oklahoma.

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In other news, Bob and I visited yet another venue this morning and it is high on our list of potentials! Afterwards we went to the Worthington Farmer’s Market before stopping into Worthington Jewelers where my ring is being designed (which happens to be right in the mix of the Farmer’s Market). It’s finalized guys! Bob got approved for financing to pay for half of it so now they can get to making the real thing, not just computer images. Wee!!!

Two years ago: September 2015 Stitch Fix #11

Three years ago: Corn Spoon Bread

Six years ago: Baklava Mousse Cups


Makes 1 loaf



1 cup milk

6 Tbsp unsalted butter

2-1/2 tsp active dry yeast

2 eggs

1/3 cup sugar

3-1/2 cups bread or all-purpose flour

2/3 cups powdered peanut butter

1 tsp salt


2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp cocoa powder


1 egg and 2 Tbsp milk, beaten together


  1. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter in the milk. Heat until very warm, but don’t boil. Allow to cool until still warm to the touch, but not hot (110-110 degrees F). Sprinkle yeast over the top, stir gently, and allow to sit for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered peanut butter, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix sugar and eggs with the paddle attachment until combined. Pour in yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add half the flour and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the other half and beat until combined.
  4. Switch to the dough hook attachment and beat/knead dough on medium speed for 10 minutes. If dough is overly sticky, add 1/4 cup flour and beat again for 5 minutes.
  5. Heat a metal or glass mixing bowl so it’s warm. Drizzle in a little canola oil, then toss the dough in the oil to coat. Cover bowl in plastic wrap and set it in a warm place for 2 hours or until doubled.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Roll into a neat rectangle no wider than the loaf pan you’re going to use, and about 18 to 24 inches long. Brush with melted butter. Mix sugar and cocoa, then sprinkle evenly over the butter-smeared dough. Starting at the far end, roll dough toward you, keeping it tight and contained. Pinch seam to seal.
  7. Coat loaf pan with softened butter or nonstick cooking spray. Place dough, seam down, in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Brush the top of the loaf with the egg-milk mixture. Bake for 40 minutes on a middle/lower rack in the oven.
  10. Remove from the pan and allow bread to cool. Slice and serve, or make cinnamon toast or French toast with it.

Source: Adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 25, 2017 - 7:44 pm

best. swirl bread. EVER! I adore your love of choc + pb. It’s part of why we’re friends :P

spiffycookie September 26, 2017 - 9:30 pm

<3 and I love all your fabulous cookies!

Sonya September 25, 2017 - 5:03 am

I baked this up for the weekend and oh my gosh is it crazy good! I used half whole wheat and it still came out super soft. I love using the PB2 powder in this..the peanut butter taste was spot on and the chocolate swirl was just enough to compliment the PB flavor. The dough was so easy to work with too!

My husband and two sons could not get enough of this. Thank you for a fantastic recipe that will be made often in this bread loving family!

spiffycookie September 25, 2017 - 10:00 am

Awesome I’m so glad you loved it! Also that you were able to sub in some whole wheat flour.

Christina September 22, 2017 - 2:23 pm

I don’t make a lot of bread, but the next time I do, I’m adding peanut butter and chocolate swirls. GAH! The bread looks so freaking good!

cakespy September 22, 2017 - 7:15 am

More more more! How do you like it, how do you like it! I love this bread.

spiffycookie September 22, 2017 - 9:14 pm

<3 oh the peanut butter and chocolate recipes will be aplenty!

Karly September 19, 2017 - 9:08 pm

Have you been spying on my dreams? Because this is preeeetty much what goes on in there. Cannot get over how good this looks!

spiffycookie September 20, 2017 - 4:20 pm

Maaaaybe O:-). You sure do have some tasty dreams! Stay tuned cause I post a new peanut butter and chocolate recipe every Saturday throughout college football season!

Malini September 18, 2017 - 7:43 am

Wow! That is so beautiful. We are peanut butter fiends at our house and I can’t wait to try this.

spiffycookie September 20, 2017 - 4:19 pm

Thanks Malini! Report back when you do.

Susan September 16, 2017 - 6:59 pm

I read through this recipe and don’t see where to add the peanut butter? (I read through it carefully 3 times.) Important note: last week I discovered that Sprouts carries PB&Co. powdered peanut butter! Didn’t see the chocolate one, but I’m glad they have the brand. I’m glad to know that you will finally be getting your ring – can’t wait to see it.

You know, I realize this doesn’t go with your chocolate/PB theme for Saturdays, but chocolate and cinnamon would be a nice combination for the swirl.

spiffycookie September 17, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Good catch! I edited the recipe and it now says to add the powdered peanut butter into the flour. And yes PB&Co is the brand I used!

Mmmm yes that would be yummmy, good thing there are 6 other days in the week ;-).


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