2.27.2013

No Chocolate Chips? Use Nutella!

As my husband is a runner, it means we always have bananas in our house, you know for the potassium. Every now and then, Sean eats a little too many bananas, which means my cooking mind starts churning of how can I use up the bananas as they are browning right before my very eyes. Sorry to disappoint, this isn't some crazy banana recipe post today, it is your common every day banana bread. 
Growing up my mom would always add chocolate chips to the banana bread but I didn't have any and frankly didn't feel like going to the grocery store. So how can you add chocolate to the banana bread since I am convinced those two flavor combinations must be paired together, you spread a thick, and I mean THICK layer of Nutella on top of the slice of banana bread. If you want to add another depth of flavor, put half Nutella half peanut butter on your slice of banana bread. Chocolate, peanut butter and banana - how could that go wrong? Let me show you have to make this delicious flavor combination!

First, gather together your ingredients. 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, softened, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas), 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter in your awesome stand mixer (remember last Thursday?) and once the butter is creamed add in the white sugar and cream these two ingredients together. 



Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing the ingredients between each egg addition. 


Now add in the yogurt, vanilla extract and mashed bananas. 




Mix all the wet ingredients together well before you add in the dry ingredients. After the mixing, add in the flour and baking soda and give the banana bread batter one final mix. In your prepared bread pan, spoon all of the batter. 


If you do want to add in walnuts or chocolate chips, add then after you add in the dry ingredients. Bake your banana bread for 1 hour or until a knife stuck in the middle comes out clean, meaning nothing, absolutely no batter sticks to the knife. Allow the bread to cool slightly before you remove it from the pan. 



Then devour your banana bread, plain, with Nutella or with peanut butter, whatever your preference. However do make this banana bread, do it, just do it!


recipe found here

22 comments:

birdie to be said...

YUM! This looks & sounds amazing! I love the yogurt addition!

TheTinyHeart said...

That looks SO good with the nutella and peanut butter on it!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Jessica said...

I will have to pull out the mixer and try this. Mmmm I love me some banana bread!

Rachael Yanta said...

YUM!!! What a great idea! I love nutella :)

CALLIE said...

I am not a banana kind of gal, but I may have to try this! Anything with peanut butter and/or nutella is awesome in my book!

Sam @ reddyorknot.blogspot.com said...

YUM! That looks fantastic!

JP Lord said...

OH Mannn this looks so good!
Nutella is the best thing ever!
xx

Alexa said...

Brilliant! Also I love Nutella...so this is perfect!

Emily said...

Smart thinking girl!! ha Makes my mouth water just thinking about this yummy treat!

Always Maylee said...

Oh my gosh YUM! Can you believe I have still yet to try nutella!? I know, I'm totally missing out!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Richelle Lynn Garn said...

That looks so scrumptious! I love banana bread. Have you ever made banana bread cookies? Same recipe, just thicken up with chocolate chips and nuts. A-mazing!

Valerie Price said...

This looks so good! I love banana bread!

Sarah and Stewart said...

I am one of the few people on earth who hates bananas (that photo of the squished up ones actually made me gag a little!) but the finished product does look really yummy!

Stephanie said...

I always add chocolate chips to my banana bread, too! I haven't tried Nutella on it yet though. Sounds delicious!!

Heather said...

Sounds like a yummy recipe. I love banana bread!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

My love for Nutella knows no bounds! OMG...

Gemma said...

Oh my! Your banana bread looks heavenly tasty!!! :-) Yum yum.
xoxox
Gemma from Cinnamon Girl.

Jane said...

Wow. That looks so delicious! And I loove Nutella so that's pretty much a win for me! :)

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

That looks out of this world delicious! I've been obsessed with dipping ritz crackers in nutella lately but never would have thought of using it this way!

Jenna DeSantis said...

Meg,

this recipe looks awesome! How creative. I love all of these ingredients, especially bananas!! YUM :-)

XO Jenna
Demureindiamonds.com

Amanda said...

You know what someone recommended to me that I thought was inspired? I chop up a few bananas before they turn brown and freeze them. Then I have banana chunks on hand to toss in smoothies or whathaveyou. The other thing I saw on Pinterest was to wrap the tops in plastic wrap to keep them from browning as fast. I have no idea if it works, but it might be worth a try!

Iris T. said...

This was AWESOME! my son had so much fun smooshing the bananas, and i had everything on hand so we turned this into mini muffins. thanks!