Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe | photo by Zoë François

The first time I tried nutella was in France, on my honeymoon. I thought French kids were the luckiest people on earth. There was no way my mom would have given me a chocolate hazelnut spread on anything. (For the record it was the 1960s, she was a hippy and didn’t allow any sugar at all. Hence my full on sugar rebellion and career as a pastry chef.) French kids get nutella for breakfast, on their bread at lunch or as a late night snack. They all seemed healthy enough, so I think the French moms are on to something. My honeymoon was 23 years ago and in the meantime we Americans have had a hazelnut spread revolution of our own. Now you can find it on the shelves of Costco and 7-eleven. My house is never without a jar.

I’ve spread nutella on just about everything, but one of my favorites is freshly baked banana bread. In an “aha! moment” I decided to swirl the nutella right into the batter and bake them together. I’m not claiming to have discovered this combo, but I believe this may be the tastiest pairing ever there was. I now always make two loaves of nutella swirled banana bread, otherwise it disappears too quickly. One we eat while it is still warm and a bit gooey, the other sits for breakfast the next day. It is magnificent and super simple to make.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - ingredients | photo by Zoë François

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Makes 2 loaves

2 cups (450g) mashed bananas, from about 4 large, yellow with brown speckles, bananas

1 cup (220g) brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup (120ml) milk

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract (make your own)

3 1/3 cups (430g) all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup nutella

To make the banana bread:

This is a short video I made with Craftsy on this recipe. In the video I only make one loaf, but I always bake two!

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - two loaf pans greased with butter, lined with buttered parchment | photo by Zoë François

Preaheat oven to 350°F. Grease two Loaf Pans (8.5 x 4.5 x 2-3/4-Inches) with butter, lined with buttered parchment.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - bananas mashed with a potato masher | photo by Zoë François

Mash the bananas with a Potato Masher, so they still have some small lumps, set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, butter, milk, eggs and vanilla. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar/butter mixture, just until smooth. Add the bananas and mix just until they are combined.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - heated Nutella drizzled over banana bread batter | photo by Zoë François

Heat the nutella in a microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it. If you don’t use a microwave, you can heat the nutella over a double boiler for a couple of minutes. Drizzle 2/3 of the nutella over the banana bread batter.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - folding 2/3 of the Nutella into the batter with a rubber spatula | photo by Zoë François

Using a rubber spatula gently fold the nutella into the batter, trying not to over mix, so you can see the swirls when it is baked.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - dividing the batter into the prepared pans | photo by Zoë François

Carefully divide the batter into the pans, trying not to overly mix the batter, so the swirls stay well defined.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - adding the rest of the Nutella and swirling it into the batter | photo by Zoë François

Add the rest of the nutella and swirl into the batter.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - loaf baked | photo by Zoë François

Bake for about 45 mintues or until a tester comes out clean.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - two loaves cooling on a wire rack | photo by Zoë François

Allow to cool in pan for about 10 mintues.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - one loaf cooling on a rack on a countertop | photo by Zoë François

On a cooling rack.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - sliced after 10 minutes of cooling | photo by Zoë François

Remove and eat one of them while it is still warm and gooey.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe - sliced and served on a marble platter with more Nutella | photo by Zoë François

Save the other nutella swirled banana bread for the next day and serve with more melted nutella.