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Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

Photo: Hannah Whitaker; Styling: Tizana Agnello
Hands-on time 17 mins
Total time 1 hr, 2 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
Use a light hand when swirling the batter; too much swirling may lose the stripe effect.

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole buttermilk
  • Baking spray with flour (such as Baker's Joy)
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Nutrition Information

  • calories 193
  • fat 9.7 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 3.5 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 24.6 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • cholesterol 30 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 186 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine chocolate-hazelnut spread and 1 teaspoon oil in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir. Combine 3 tablespoons oil, butter, brown sugar, and banana in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

  3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beating at low speed, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined. Scrape half of batter into a 9 x 5-inch metal loaf pan coated with baking spray, and top with chocolate-hazelnut spread mixture. Spread remaining batter over chocolate mixture. Using a wooden pick, swirl batter. Sprinkle batter with hazelnuts.

  4. Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread; cool on wire rack.

  5. Place bittersweet chocolate in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at high for 30 seconds. Drizzle bread with chocolate; let stand until set.