Peanut Butter and Chocolate Swirl Bread

by Megan on April 4, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bread // take a megabite

Sometimes it feels weird to listen to Tegan & Sara while your landlord fixes the thermostat. Sometimes it’s more weird for your heat to go out like 5 times though in a few months! But the truth is Elliot really loves the landlord? Almost as much as this one plumber from a long time ago. I don’t know what it was about that dude! Elliot ran laps of the apartment! Maybe he was a plumber in a former life? Maybe he’s a sucker for a stand-up fix-it fella?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bread // take a megabite

While Elliot gets super happy about fix-it dad folks to stop by, I get super excited about crazy loaves of bread coming out of my oven. This swirl bread is maybe the craziest yet, but I love it so very much! I want to make french toast or bread pudding with it. I want to toast it and gaze at the swirl. I just want to keep it around awhile, ya know?

So, while this chocolate and peanut butter, it’s super subtle, ya know? The chocolate side is cocoa-y so it’s a dark flavor. I recommend adding some chocolate chips to that side to sweeten it up a little. The peanut butter side is subtle too, but man-o-man, is it good. You might want to bake it regularly and toss all your candles. Just sayin’!

More fun bread options:
Pumpkin Sandwich Bread, Peanut Butter and Banana Yeast Bread, Orange Cardamom Vanilla Bean Swirl Bread

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bread // take a megabite

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Bread (makes 2 loaves)
Recipe adapted from this oldie


  • 2 packages regular active dry yeast (4 1/2 t)
  • 2 cups warm water (105-115 F)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6-6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips*

*I didn’t add these, but I think the chocolate part needs it, so do it up.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, eggs, vegetable oil, and 3 cups flour. Beat with an electric mixer for one minute at a low speed, scraping the bowl as necessary. Beat for another minute at a medium speed, scraping the bowl frequently.
  2. Transfer half of the batter to another bowl. Place 1/4 cup cocoa powder in one bowl and 1/2 cup peanut butter in the other. Stir vigorously! Add 1 1/2 cups of flour to each bowl and stir until you can’t anymore. Add the chocolate chips to the chocolate half.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead both doughs for 5-8 minutes or until smooth and springy. Spray two medium bowl with cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes or until dough has doubled in size. Dough is ready if impression remains when touched.
  4. Spray the bottoms and sides of two bread pans (9 x 5 inch). Gently push fist into dough and divide each dough ball into two equal halves.  Pat dough into a 9 x 7 inch rectangle. Place one chocolate rectangle on one peanut butter and one peanut butter on the chocolate rectangle. Roll up from the long-side and pinch to seal. Transfer to greased bread pans.
  5. Allow dough to rise in bread pans in a warm place for an hour or until double in size/peaking over the top of the bread pans. About half way through pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until loaves are deep golden brown and sound hollow when flicked. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.

Yay! Click HERE for printable pdf of the recipe above.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Nicole April 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

Yay! We loved your swirly twirly bread! Thanks for sharing the goods and being down for a brunch appetizer and Asian market adventure, too 🙂


Erika April 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

I just love everything about this bread.. I could use a loaf or 2 right now… it’s all swirly and purdy..


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

This bread is all kinds of perfect. What a pretty swirl!


Robyn April 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

Sooooo my friend is having a YEASTER party next weekend and I think this would be an excellent addition!


Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health April 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

it looks soooo freaking good.


Elisa April 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

This looks so amazing!!!!! But may I asked how u did the swirls? Thanks!!!! I would really love to make these 🙂


Erika April 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Freaking. Gorgeous. (I almost typed “Greaking” which is semi-accurate because I am GEEKING out over this.) I just took a stroll through your bread archives and I am in love with all of your carb creations. Why is it not fall so I can make the pumpkin sandwich bread?!

ALSO I made your denver biscuits a few weeks ago and added cornmeal because I love cornbread and they were delicious!!! I loved the texture. You’re awesome!!


Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg April 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

So pretty. I want so bad to jump into the kitchen and make this now. But I’ll pin it for later.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

So fun!! Love the look of this bread!


mum April 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Love! I want to print it..where or where is that button!!!


Megan April 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm

It’s there now, mum! Love you!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 4, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I want to be best friends with this swirly bread!


Tieghan April 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Gimme all the swirls!! <3


Emily @ Life on Food April 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

Swoon. This bread is so cool. I would love a thick slice of toast.


Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking April 5, 2014 at 11:07 am

Whhaat!!! I have found my new bread obsession! This is beautiful and you are totally right, toast will never be the same!


Sarah April 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm

No really. Stahp. This is too much cool for one loaf of bread. Oh wait, it’s two loaves. As you were.


ATasteOfMadness April 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Oh wow. This is gorgeous!!! Peanut butter and chocolate are meant to be!


Kloe's Kitchen April 6, 2014 at 9:02 am

Yum! This sounds amazing! I am usually not a huge peanut butter fan because of this one recipe my friends made, but this sounds promising! I think I will make some for tomorrow!


Baby June April 6, 2014 at 10:44 am

I am literally about to make this because it looks sooooo amazing. I recently tried chocolate babka for the first time, which was kind of similar I suppose…but with peanut butter too?!? Too much awesomeness. 🙂 World’s best French toast, here I come.


Baby June April 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Okay…so it is all done! Took me a good three hours with plenty of Internet browsing, but I’m so glad! Smells amazing, is nice and buttery, and I can vouch for the addition of chocolate chips–added a bit of delicious gooeyness. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂


Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme April 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

Obsessed with this concept. And yeah, bread will definitely never be the same again.


Traci April 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The swirls are just so quirky and perfect. Very fun to look at!


Amy April 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Oh yum. I have some gluten free bread flour that will be most happy being put towards this loaf! Going to make the whole office jealous with my toast in the morning!


Derek Brichacek April 8, 2014 at 12:39 am

Love Tegan and Sara and this bread hah


Meredith April 8, 2014 at 7:36 am

That is some gorgeous bread! Can’t go wrong with peanut butter + chocolate!


Nik April 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

When I open my coffeehouse, will you design bake all our goods? Really.


Louiza April 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm

GIRL..!!You’re just making it better and better!!
Absolutely awesome!!!Thank you for this recipe+idea,and keep it up!!


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