Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

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Happy Birthday to myself (yesterday)! My very first birthday being a Mrs. I bursted into tears though. I must say it is one of the less fortunate birthday! I tried to make myself a birthday cake which i was thinking to share with you guys today. It’s an ice-cream cake, with salted caramel and strawberries and my favourite cookies and cream~ EPIC Fail! The whole kitchen turned into a disaster on Saturday and I was just too tired to redo another one! The cake started off great but I think I made a stupid decision, I bought a not-so-good icecream for my cake, and once I start layering it, it failed! Totally melted inside the freezer even after I freezed it for 4 hours.. Argggh.. So it’s gone! Perhaps, that cake will come again in another time! We shall see!
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Anyway, I hope I didn’t disappointed you without an icecream cake, but I’ve made so many different cakes before if you want to check them out~ I’ve made myself something today though just to cheer myself up a little more, even without a birthday icecream cake! I found myself a large jar of Nutella and holy~ I had to use it Nutella banana bread is all I can think of! It’s still as delicious! I  think I’ve made some traditional banana bread before.. anyway, I swirled up extra Nutella just to give it an extra sweetness to my day! I love it I must say! I am always a big fan of banana breads, and with Nutella in it, I cannot give myself an excuse to say no.

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The best part comes after you bake it, cool it a bit and then slice that sharp knife into it~ all you see is that gooey Nutella drizzling over your benchtop! The gooey nutella is so warm and thick that I just bit it hard! Soft pound cake-liked bread and it’s awesome!

You’ll need (makes 2 loaves):

  • 3 large or 4 medium overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon of  baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla paste
  • 1 teaspoon of Kahlua (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella spread, at room temperature

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How to?

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F. Grease two loaf pans with butter, lined with buttered parchment.
  2. Mash the bananas with a food processor; alternatively if you like to have lumpy bits, you can use a potato masher.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add sugar, egg, milk, butter, vanilla and kahlua (optional) and mix until combined, using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  4. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. In 3 separate additions, add the dry ingredients into  the butter ixture and mix until just smooth.
  6. Add banana mash and mix to combine.
  7. Place Nutella in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it. If you don’t use a microwave, you can heat the nutella over a bowl of hot water to soften it.
  8. Drizzle 2/3 of the Nutella over the banan bread batter and gently fold 2-3 times. Do not over mix as you want to keep the swirls happening.
  9. Carefully pour the batter into 2 pans, evenly. Do not overmix the batter to keep the swirls stay well defined.
  10. Add the rest of the Nutella and swirl into the top of the batter. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Serve.

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  • Left over banana bread can be wrapped in plastic film and place in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • If you do not like the alcohol, you can replace it with extra vanilla paste or simply omit it.
  • For those that like peanut butter, substitute nutella with peanut butter is also great!


Adapted from Joanna Goddard



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