Are you one of those individuals who enjoys caving in to your sweet tooth? Do you fancy chocolate in a way that makes your spouse jealous? Can’t imagine passing up a sweet treat fresh out of the oven? Well my dear friends, I have just the thing for you! Like many of my recipes, I came across this heavenly treat while mindlessly browsing through Pinterest one afternoon. Little did I know at the time, I had discovered the most incredible metamorphosis of banana bread, thanks to A Cup of Jo. That’s right, enter Nutella Swirl Banana Bread.
I am really a rather big fan of baking bread. I don’t know what it is about it. The act itself just makes my home feel even more homey. Plus, there is just something about bringing a friend freshly baked bread that says,
“If you don’t take this bread, I will be forced to consume all of it in one sitting.” “I was thinking of you, and wanted to surprise you with an indulgent gift for your belly.”
It seems odd to say that baking brings me peace, but it genuinely does. It also doesn’t hurt that my efforts are rewarded with a delightful treat afterwards. I typically find myself baking up banana bread when I notice our bananas aren’t going to make it another day before they decide to peel themselves. If there is one thing I hate doing, it is wasting food. So you can thank my desire to not be uneconomical for many of the goodies I whip up!
Nutella banana bread. There are so many things right with that sentence. One: who doesn’t like warm fresh banana bread? Two: Nutella. I really don’t think I need to expand on that. Let’s face it, any friend of Nutella is a friend of mine; and the fact that I can bake with it seems like a no brainer to me. Just like my blueberry coffee cake recipe I shared last week (Blueberry Coffee Cake), this one is no different in regards to ease. As a mom of two children under the age of two, I simply do not have the time to get too extravagant in kitchen. Which also means, if I’m going to spend my free time baking, it better be delicious. So let’s get started!
3 Large or 4 Medium Ripe Bananas (Two Cups, Mashed – You want your bananas to be yellow with brown speckles)
1 Cup of Brown Sugar, Packed
4 Ounces (1/2 Cup/8 Tablespoons/1 Stick) of Unsalted Butter (I used organic butter), melted
1/2 Cup of Milk (I used Silk Almond Milk)
2 Large Eggs
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
3 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt
1/2 Cup of Nutella (I think I’m actually going to start increasing the amount of Nutella I use moving forward. I don’t believe there is such a thing as too much Nutella.)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
You will need two 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 inch loaf pans. Spray your pans with a nonstick cooking spray. Again, I like using the PAM spray that is specifically made for baking.
Take out a small bowl and add your peeled bananas. I used our potato masher to mush up the bananas. Mash the banana, but leave some lumps, then set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla. This is when I take out my handy (pun intended) KitchenAid hand mixer.
Now you will need a medium bowl to whisk together your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the large bowl containing your sugary mixture. Mix until smooth. Add bananas and blend together.
Place your Nutella in to a microwave safe bowl, heating in 20 second intervals, stirring in between until softened. Drizzle 2/3 of the Nutella over your banana bread batter. *After making this recipe, my husband and I officially decided that we should be adding more Nutella. So, my recommendation, start with what is listed above and then increase according to your preference. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the Nutella in to the banana bread batter. You don’t want to over mix, that way you can see the swirls in the bread.
Divide the batter evenly in between the two greased loaf pans, trying to not over mix the batter. I will say, the more Nutella you use, the darker your bread will be and the less likely you will see the “swirl”. This clearly is not overly important to me and my husband, as we enjoy treating our taste buds to a chocolate delicacy more. Add the remaining Nutella to the top of the batter in each loaf pan. I then like to use my spatula to create additional swirl-age (I just made that word up).
Now it is time to pop these bad boys in to the oven. My second favorite part about baking this recipe (the first is obviously getting to eat it), is the way it makes my house smell! I set my timer for 35 minutes, then test with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, then the bread is ready. However, if you still have some dough sticking to your toothpick, bake for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Allow your bread to cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. This is without a doubt, the hardest step. I have to be honest, I did not wait the full 10 minutes. Both of my children were partaking in their regular afternoon nap, and lets face it, there was no time to waste.
I removed one of these savory loaves and indulged immediately! Normally, I would be brewing my second cup of coffee, but the number one companion to this chocolate treasure is by far a glass of milk. Thankfully, for my waistline, I wrapped up the second loaf and sent it off to my husband’s office! The original recipe recommends spreading some additional melted Nutella over your bread right before you consume it, and believe me, if we would have had any left, I most certainly would not have skipped over this step.
So there you are, nourish yourself in to a banana, Nutella laced, bread coma. You’re welcome.