Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nutella Swirled Chocolate Banana Bread

In this American classic, this banana bread is taken up a notch with the addition of browned butter and chocolate. With a giant puddle of Nutella running through the top, this is sure to become a new favorite treat.
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Banana bread is an all time favorite. I think it's possibly the very first thing I ever baked from scratch.

I've come a long way with my baking since that first loaf, but still appreciate the simplicity and ease of this one bowl beauty.
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Since my little monkey has an obsession with bananas, they rarely run the risk of going bad in our house these days, but for some reason, I had a few that were well on their way. 

My mind immediately went to banana bread, but thought I should do something different this time. 
So what better to do than make a chocolate version, with a big chocolate river running through it?
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The answer is nothing. There's nothing better to do with three over-ripe bananas!

Nutella Swirled Chocolate Banana Bread

3 medium very ripe bananas
½ cup butter, browned (like in this recipe here)
¾ cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup dutch-processed cocoa powder (I use this)
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp Nutella, or other chocolate spread (I used this)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Butter and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Set aside.

Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Whisk in butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Using a sieve, sift baking soda, salt, cinnamon, flour, and cocoa powder over the wet ingredients in the bowl. Fold in dry ingredients with a rubber spatula. Fold in chocolate chips.

Scoop batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Using a teaspoon, scoop nutella down the length of the batter and gently swirl with a knife.

Place pan in preheated oven and bake 50-60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with only moist crumbs. 
Remove pan to a wire rack and allow to cool for 15 minutes before inverting on the wire rack to cool completely.
Once cool, slice and serve.



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