Banana Nutella Bread

I have a special weakness for banana bread. It’s super homey, and the smell of it baking permeates the house. It’s one of those foods that tastes good ANY time of the day. I also have a major weakness for Nutella. I often find myself dipping a spoon in the jar when I’m having a sweets craving. So… the idea of Nutella and banana bread together makes my mind explode. It’s a perfect marriage of two flavors I adore!

This is a very basic banana bread recipe, and you’ll likely have a good majority of the ingredients on hand. It freezes well and the recipe doubled makes 2 nice loaves, so don’t let those ripe bananas sit there any longer! :)

Banana Nutella Bread

Banana Nutella Bread
Yield: 1 9-inch loaf

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana (approx. 3 large bananas)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Nutella

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the mashed banana, followed by the eggs and vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix well.

4. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture until just combined. Remove half the batter and stir in the Nutella.

5. Add alternating spoonfuls of the regular batter and the Nutella batter to the prepared loaf pan. Swirl batter gently with a knife, chopstick, skewer or anything you can find. Bake 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool the bread for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.


Cook’s Notes

I’m going to share a culinary school trick with you all. It’s called “oven pop.” Simply preheat your oven to 25 degrees higher than the recipe calls for, so in this instance you would heat your oven to 375. After placing the loaf in the oven, set a timer for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, lower the heat to the correct temperature (in this instance 350) and then bake until done. This helps to give the yeast (or baking powder, for quick breads) a little boost which helps it to rise.