Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on September 17, 2012

There are some things in life that are necessities. Clean water for example. A warm house. An oven that actually bakes.

Also chocolate, coffee, running shoes and banana bread.

Yes, banana bread.

It’s one of my all time favorite breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and late night comfort foods.

I’ve stuffed my face with many, many different kinds of banana bread over the course of my life. My mom made several versions when I was growing up. There was a low-fat recipe that was my go-to for the longest time. And then, there was Hubs’ grandma’s banana bread. The best banana bread in the entire world. Full of buttery goodness with just the right amount of sweetness. And she always made it with chocolate chips. Just for me. This sweet lady somehow remembered that I don’t like nuts in cookies, breads or desserts. This woman baked for everyone, and loved every second of it, and yet she always remembered to make a special banana bread for me.

She’s greatly missed.

Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

When I saw this recipe for banana and nutella bread while drooling my way through Josie’s Kitchen, my assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I instantly stopped looking. There were no other options. I had to have this banana bread. I also needed an excuse to use up the many bananas threatening to take over my freezer.

Nutella Swirl Banana Bread Recipe

And so I made not one loaf, but two. Because when chocolate and bananas are involved, two is always better than one. That’s my philosophy at least.

Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

I believe that it was Josie’s intent that this be a dessert bread, but that certainly didn’t stop me from eating it for breakfast. For, like, 3 days in a row. I did make a few adjustments to Josie’s recipe by reducing the sugar, using half white and half white whole wheat flour and using slightly less Nutella. Therefore, it’s healthier and totally justifies me stuffing my face full of it, day after day.

After day.

After day.

Mmmmmmm, banana bread.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Chocolate hazelnut-swirled banan bread, an indulgent breakfast treat.


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flours, baking soda and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together the canola oil and sugar.
  4. Add in the beaten eggs, stirring until well combined.
  5. Stir in the milk, mashed bananas and vanilla extract.
  6. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl heat the chocolate hazelnut spread for 15 seconds.
  8. Gently fold into the banana mixture until the chocolate is swirled in the banana mixture. Over mixing will cause the chocolate to completely blend in with the banana mixture. Still yummy, but you won't have the pretty chocolate swirls.
  9. Pour batter in prepared pan.
  10. Bake for for 55-65 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.


Inspired by Josie's Kitchen

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1 Melissa's Cuisine September 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

This looks delicious Alli! My freezer is often overflowing with bananas and I often turn to banana bread to use them up. Great SRC pick! :)

2 Christina September 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I couldnt agree with you more. I love banana bread at any time of the day and we almost always have a loaf in the house!

3 Tessa September 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Love the story about your husband’s grandmother! I can certainly see why you picked this recipe. Looks delicious!

4 misschelsmangia September 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Great minds think alike…I stuffed my cookies with Nutella…this recipe is definitely on my hit list!

5 Debra September 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Oh, my! I bet this is delicious. I can’t imagine how food this is. Pinning it for sure.

6 sara September 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Loving this bread – it just looks divine! It would make for an extra special breakfast treat. :)

7 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I want to try this. SO bad. TONIGHT. :)

8 Kitchen Belleicious September 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

i honestly think nutella and banana is better than PB and banana. I just love the flavors of both and what i brings out in each. Nutty and sweet! Love it!

9 Veronica September 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Wow, this does sound great! And I’d eat it for breakfast no question! Love your photos.

10 Grandma Pat September 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

“Grandma” is smiling down at you now!
I’ll actually have to try this; sounds delicious!

11 Chelsea September 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

This looks so amazing I’m hallucinating the smell of banana bread right now!

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