Thursday, January 19, 2012

Recipe: Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

Banana bread is a favorite at our house and this is the only way that I can eat bananas.  Just before Christmas, I bought one of these big bags of very ripe bananas for next to nothing so that I could make some banana bread for our friends and family for Christmas.  I have a recipe that has never let me down...super moist and delicious every time I make it!  I made a few loaves but really wanted to jazz up the next few batches.   Chocolate and banana just seems to go together and I though about adding some chocolate chips to the batter but then I had a light bulb moment....nutella!  I mean, who doesn't love that yummy goodness!  I decided to give it a try and let me tell you it was so good my family devoured the first loaf before it even had a chance to cool down.  It has just enough chocolate yum, but it is not so overly sweet that you can't enjoy the wonderfulness of a slice.  I think it is kind of pretty too!  It was well liked by all my family and friends and my children have already requested it several times.  


Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
by Wende Rickett/The Rickett Chronicles
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups banana (about 4 medium), mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 nutella, divided

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add bananas and vanilla, beat well.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  7. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients mixing until just combined. Do not over mix.
  8. Spoon half the batter into the pan.
  9. With a spoon, dollop 1/3 cup nutella over the entire surface of the batter.
  10. Spoon the rest of the batter into the pan.
  11. Dollop 1/3 cup nutella over the surface of the batter.
  12. With a knife, insert into the batter and gently swirl the batter and the nutella.
  13. Place pan in the oven and bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  14. Remove from oven to a wire rack and cool about 15 to 20 minutes.
  15. Remove from pan and cool completely.
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  1. Wow, I love banana bread and nutella. I've never thought to bring them together, though. Your pictures are outstanding. I can't wait to make this bread.

  2. That looks amazing I'd like to invite you to share this recipe @CountryMommaCooks
    Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday...Have a great weekend!

  3. Hi Wende,
    This is great Banana Bread, I just love the addition of the Nutella, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love Nutella! I would love it if you shared this here:

  5. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend @ CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party..Have a wonderful week!

  6. That looks totally yummy! If I could only keep Nutella around here long enough to make some!

  7. Looks heavenly! We love adding chocolate chips to banana bread but I am going to have to try Nutella now. Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  8. What a yummy combo, nutella and banana bread! YUM! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you back next Saturday and share more of your recipes! -The Sisters

  9. Thanks for linking up to Show Your Stuff, Your invited to come back this week:

  10. Just finished eating our first slice and it is very yummy! Do have a question for you, what size pan did you use? I knew it was too full but I put it in the oven anyway and sure enough it spilled over the sides. Best part of that was the pieces we enjoyed before the loaf came out of the oven. By the way, I added toasted pecans YUM! Thank you for a nice twist on Banana Bread.