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Photo: Hannah Whitaker; Styling: Tizana Agnello Photo by: Photo: Hannah Whitaker; Styling: Tizana Agnello

Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

Use a light hand when swirling the batter; too much swirling may lose the stripe effect.

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)
  • Hands-on:17 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 2 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 193
  • Fat: 9.7g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 24.6g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 186mg
  • Calcium: 28mg
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