Maybe you have have tried our Banana Nut Muffins recipe already, and if you love those, this Nutella Swirled Banana Bread will not disappoint! It has all the banana bread qualities you love plus a decadent Nutella swirl throughout!
Banana Bread should be the official mascot of the COVID-19 quarantine. Ever since the Stay-at-Home orders started, people began baking bread, especially banana bread and sourdough. I must say, I was a bit irritated by this obsession considering I was unable to find flour ANYWHERE for a couple weeks, but then I realized that this hobby has given me so much pleasure, why wouldn't others want to hop on board?
What do I do with these Brown Bananas?
I'm convinced that banana bread was created to use up those nasty overripe brown bananas sitting on our counters. Although I absolutely love banana bread, I usually don't buy bananas with the intention to make it. But as soon as I begin seeing the brown spots, I know exactly what to do with them! No more wasting bananas, banana bread is here to help!
Is Banana Bread Difficult to Make?
Nope! It's actually super easy! Pretty much mix all the ingredients together, put in a loaf pan and bake! The hardest part of this recipe is the Nutella Swirl which requires you to add dollops of warm Nutella between layers of the batter and use a toothpick to swirl it around. But that's it!
What is Nutella?
Nutella is an Italian brand of hazelnut chocolate spread that is incredibly decadent and delicious! Hazelnut spread is fairly easy to make at home as well, although achieving that silky texture of the Nutella brand can be a challenge without a special nut butter machine. Honestly, just buy it. Nutella is a staple in our home and we often eat it by the spoonful straight from the jar.
How do I store the Nutella Swirled Banana Bread?
If you plan to consume the bread within a few days (it usually doesn't last long in our house), you can keep the bread in an airtight container at room temperature. Over 3 or 4 days, you should probably refrigerate it. And if it lasts longer than a week, it sounds like you weren't a fan of it in the first place, but go ahead and freeze it. One way we like to use up our banana bread is to make Bananas Foster French Toast with the banana bread slices. This is the ultimate weekend brunch, and the recipe will be posted on the blog soon!
We hope you enjoy this Nutella Swirled Banana Bread recipe, and if you give it a try leave a comment below to let us know how you liked it! Or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
- 2 cups flour (bread flour preferred)
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter – room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 4 overripe bananas – mashed (add a touch of honey for sweetness if bananas are not fully ripe)
- 3 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 teaspoon baking soda (mix with sour cream)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup Nutella (or other hazelnut spread)
- Heat oven to 350° and place rack in center.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat sugar and eggs at high speed until fluffy (about 2-3 min)
- Add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue to beat until combined and fluffy.
- Slowly add mashed bananas to sugar mixture and continue to mix at low speed, until combined. You may notice that the mixture begins to curdle. The consistency will change back to normal once the flour is added.
- Add sour cream and baking soda mixture, vanilla, flour mixture, cinnamon, and nuts and continue to mix until combined.
- Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan pan and line with parchment paper lengthwise.
- Add ⅓ of the batter to the pan.
- Add ⅓ of the Nutella on top of the batter, but avoid getting too close to the sides of the pan. I leave about a ½ inch of batter around the edges of the pan. Warm the Nutella in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to make it easier to drizzle if needed. Swirl the Nutella with the batter lightly with a toothpick until it is evenly swirled on top of the batter, but not fully mixed in.
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 two more times ending with the Nutella swirl on top of the loaf. At this point, your pan should be almost filled with about a ½ inch of space at the top of the pan. Be careful not to fill your pan too full.
- Sprinkle a handful of chopped nuts and about 1 tablespoon brown sugar on top of the loaf if desired.
- Bake for 55-60 min. Use a wooden skewer to check for doneness. Skewer should come out dry. Add 5 minutes to your cook time if your skewer still appears wet with batter.