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Banana Hazelnut Bread

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • 9"x5" Loaf Pan
  • Stand mixer with paddle attachment
  • Baking Spatula
  • Baking spray with flour

Ingredients
  

  • 5 Tbsp Nutella
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 bananas ripened
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts chopped
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped

Instructions
 

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer, combine the 3 Tbsp canola oil, unsalted butter, ripened bananas, and brown sugar.
  • Slowly and one at a time, add the eggs. Mix until evenly combined.
  • *The flour mix and the buttermilk will need to be added in increments to the banana mixture.*
  • Beginning and ending with the flour mix, slowly add the flour mix and the buttermilk alternately to the banana mix.
  • Spray the loaf pan with an even layer of baking spray.
  • In a microwave-proof bowl, microwave the Nutella with 1 tsp canola oil, about 20 seconds.
  • Add half of the banana batter to the loaf pan.
  • Drizzle half of the melted Nutella onto the batter and swirl into the batter using a knife.
  • Pour the other half of the batter into the loaf pan and top with the remaining Nutella.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts and bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
  • *One thing I always notice with banana nut breads is that they are often times dry, so we want to avoid that and keep the bread as moist as possible.*
  • Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Once the bread has cooled, melt the bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle over the banana hazelnut bread. (Optional!)

Notes

For dairy free substitutions, switch the butter for coconut butter and the buttermilk for a dairy free alternative such as coconut milk, almond milk or oat milk. You may buy a store-bought dairy free hazelnut chocolate spread (in place of Nutella) such as Nutiva. 
For gluten free substitutions, switch the whole wheat flour for gluten free flour.