February 4, 2013

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

There's nothing more decadent than a little Nutella swirled into your banana bread. Or Nutella swirled into anything for that matter.  I just love that stuff. Oh and bananas and Nutella? Totally meant to be together.

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
2 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1  tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt (I used Yoplait Vanilla)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. Nutella
                  
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat the brown sugar and butter with a stand or handheld mixer on medium speed until well blended – about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a wooden spoon, stir in the mashed banana, yogurt, and vanilla. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Do NOT overmix. Batter will be thick.
3. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan. Drop 3 rounded Tbsp. of Nutella onto batter. Swirl with knife until Nutella is swirled across the entire surface. (It should look marbled.)
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.

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