Bananas. Nutella. Heaven sent. I was in one of those “If you give a moose a muffin” kinda moods. One minute I’m making myself breakfast, next I stop to get a waffle from the freezer for my son, end up cleaning it all out, throwing away several frozen bananas (good banana bread baking intentions paving the way to hell), but getting inspired after throwing away that giant bag of peas that no one will eat. I went back to the frozen bananas. I thought I’ll make banana bread with peanut butter and chocolate (a favorite since I made the first loaf a few months ago), but upon going into the pantry to find the peanut butter, I came across the Nutella. An “A-ha” moment struck and thus we have Nutella Banana Bread – and a knife sitting on the cutting board right next to it, all clean, but finger and teeth marks have been taken out of the loaf. These slices of heaven won’t last long around here.
Nutella Banana Bread….With Hershey’s Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Hearts for cuteness of course, melted and smeared on top, and dropped in the batter before baking. It’s like Mardi Gras around here while we all hope we get the chocolate surprise hiding in our slice. The person who ends up with it is the lucky duck with a giant chunk of chocolate in their mouth. That’s winning for sure.
Nutella Banana Bread with Chocolate Chunks
1 stick (1/4 lb) butter, at room temp (I use salted, gasp)
1 C sugar
1 1/2 unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C mashed bananas – I use about 4, sometimes 5. I really like bananas (and live in a dry climate where this works)
1/2 C greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream, same measurement)
1/4 C Nutella (hazelnut spread)
T tsp vanilla extract
1 bag Hershey’s Chocolate Hearts, or Hershey Kisses – you won’t use all of them
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan, or several smaller pans, with pan spray. Set aside.
With an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beat well.
Sift the dry ingredients together and combine with the butter mixture until well mixed. Add in the bananas, sour cream, vanilla, and Nutella. Stir well.
Put in the oven for a total time of 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Half way through baking drop a few chocolates into the batter. Ten minutes before the loaf comes out line hearts on the top (these will melt and you’ll smear them around the center of the loaf).
Let cool on a wire rack, spread the melted chocolate and place more chocolates on top for decoration. Cool for about 30 minutes. Slice and serve warm.
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