Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

27 Jan 2014

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

Happy Birthday to me!

I know I've been too busy to use the oven lately (as seen by my smoothieice cream, and guacamole no-bake recipes, among others lately) but I made the exception for today. And even though it's not a cake, I think that special occasions should be celebrated with banana bread.

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

Because it has fruit, it's healthy, right? RIGHT? Please agree. I want to counter all the chocolate I've been eating lately by some good old fashioned banana-infused baked goods.

But of course I need to put some chocolate in here. Hey, I do what I want! It's my birthday!

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

So how much do I like banana bread? Let's count the ways:

Banana bread, a day in the life:

Breakfast: maple oatmeal banana bread
Snack: regular banana bread
Lunch: cream cheese pecan banana bread
Tea time: peanut butter banana bread with peanut butter glaze
Dinner: peanut butter cup banana bread

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

This was so good, it's all gone now. That's what I get for not baking for a long time. Or maybe it's because I put it right next to me while I was writing my essays that are all due within the next few days. I know, I just live it up on my birthday.

So celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, ... Mondays with this banana bread. I will give two chocolate covered thumbs up to that!

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread
printable recipe

 What you'll need:

  • 5 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6.75 oz all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Nutella and 1 teaspoon canola oil and microwave for 30 minutes, or until melted. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and vinegar, and set aside to "sour".
  4. In a large bowl mix together the remaining 3 tablespoons of canola oil, butter, brown sugar and banana using a mixer on medium speed. Beat until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  6. Beating at low speed, add the flour mixture and "soured" milk alternately to banana mixture until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour half of the mixture into a lightly sprayed loaf pan. Top with chocolate mixture. Pour the remaining batter over the chocolate mixture. Using a wooden pick, swirl the batter. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.
  8. Bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to cool on wire racks.

Adapted from: Eats Well With Others

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  1. Cathleen, everything is healthy on your birthday. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And I love your banana bread :)

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! This bread looks like a delicious and healthy way to celebrate! way to go!

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope you have a wonderful day filled with yummy banana bread.. it looks delicious!! Xx

  4. Happy Birthday, Cathleen.
    The banana bread looks fantastic.

  5. Happy birthday friend! And yes to living it up on your birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday!!! Great way to celebrate :D


  7. Happy birthday Cathleen , and to celebrate with that gorgeous bread is just wonderful :-D thanks for sharing :)

  8. happy birthday! also YES to banana bread! :)

  9. This looks absolutely delicious! Love banana bread with chocolate added so will have to try this recipe.

  10. Happy birthday! This looks like a sublime way to celebrate.

  11. I would definitely call this health food, not that calories count on your birthday or anything. :P Happy birthday chica!! So glad you liked this!

  12. Um, this looks fabulous and I love that the double hazelnuts! Nuts on top, nutella in the middle is definitely the way to go :)

  13. Ooh, the hazelnut puts it over the top.

  14. Banana bread is one of my all-time favorite treats! It definitely needs to involve chocolate, and the Nutella in this just takes it over the top! Love it!

  15. This is indeed a taste a madness from a mad genius. GREG

  16. Happy Birthday Cathleen! Your cake looks delicious!

  17. Very Happy Birthday to you! What a delicious cake!

  18. Happy Birthday! Anything with Nutella is a great way to celebrate! This looks wonderful -- thanks.

  19. You always have a winner when you combine chocolate & hazelnuts! Then banana bread on top! Yay - Happy Birthday indeed! : )

  20. happy belated birthday, cathleen! it's okay for not baking a birthday cake for yourself still baked something you like to eat and that banana bread looks fantastic!

  21. Okay this looks so incredible! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat Link Party! Hope to see you again tomorrow.

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.


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