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sliced peanut butter banana bread with passion fruit frosting

Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Passion Fruit Frosting


A tropical take on a traditional banana bread recipe. This Peanut Butter Banana Cake topped with Passion Fruit Frosting is the perfect afternoon treat.


For the Peanut Butter Banana Cake:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour, or 1:1 gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ripe bananas, about 2 cups, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup natural, creamy peanut butter

For the Passion Fruit Frosting:

  • 16 oz cream cheese (brick style, not spreadable), softened
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup fresh passion fruit juice, plus pulp for decorating


For the Peanut Butter Banana Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a 10-inch skillet with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or hand held mixer), beat the butter, light brown sugar and sugar until soft and creamy.
  4. Add in eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla and almond butter, mixing on low.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix using a spatula until fully incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips. Transfer to prepared skillet.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

For the Passion Fruit Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, on medium speed, beat all ingredients until soft and creamy, about 4 minutes.
  2. When ready to serve, spread over cooled banana cake using the back of a spoon or an angled spatula. Drizzle with passion fruit pulp.


Recipe idea inspired by Martha Stewart.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dessert

Keywords: passion fruit, cream cheese frosting, banana bread, peanut butter banana cake