Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Bread

  • eppercival Posted: 10/11/12
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    This was yum-yum-yummy and remained perfectly moist for over 5 days.

  • hungria Posted: 09/28/12
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    This is the best banana bread recipe I've ever had. I didn't swirl the hazelnut chocolate mix into the batter, instead I just mixed everything together. It didn't look as nice as the picture, but the chocolate flavor was mixed throughout the bread, and it was a huge hit with the family. I used a crunchy Nutella, so there were a few hazelnuts in the bread. I couldn't find the hazelnuts in the store so I used chopped pecans for the top along with the drizzled chocolate. It made a beautiful presentation. A definate keeper!

  • aqua1117 Posted: 10/01/12
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    This banana bread was a big hit with my husband and weekend guests. It's very moist and chocolatey. I didn't have any hazelnuts, so I omitted them, but I could see how that crunch would add a lot to the bread. Also, I melted semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of using bittersweet chocolate, and the taste was good... but the melted chips wouldn't drizzle, so the presentation was not as pretty as the picture. It's not Cooking Light's healthiest banana bread recipe, but I'm sure I will make it repeatedly for special occasions!

  • wanderingviolet Posted: 10/06/12
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    Chocolate hazelnut spread + banana bread= awesome flavor combo. One of the best banana breads I've tasted. I omitted the chopped hazelnuts and chocolate topping and it was still plenty tasty with the chocolate hazelnut filling.

  • bbarrese Posted: 09/17/12
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    Made this yesterday for a few friends, but substituted peanut butter and chopped peanuts for the nutella and hazelnuts. There was only one slice left at the end of the night - delicious.

  • watsonfisher Posted: 12/02/12
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    This was really delicious. My husband asked for seconds which is unusual. I used walnuts instead of hazelnuts which worked out well. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great.

  • suebear37 Posted: 01/11/13
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    This was just ok. Like many others, the Nutella layer sank to the bottom and was not even visible. I used low-fat buttermilk since that was all the store had, and I don't know if that made a difference. Some of the Nutella layer stuck to the bottom of the pan, even though I sprayed it according to the directions, and the bottom was a bit soggy. The flavor was good, though. Don't know that I would make it again because it's not as good as my old stand-by, CL's Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread. I think I might sub Nutella for the chocolate chips in that recipe.

  • MrsDana Posted: 09/29/12
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    Really delicious "bananay" taste. Also in my opinion anything with Nutella in it is good! I will have to be honest some of the ingredients like the hazel nuts and semi-sweet chocolate was hard to find in my store--in fact I couldn't find it at all--but I was in a hurry so that probably played a big part in my dilemma.

  • GatewayCook Posted: 10/14/12
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    Delish and a fun change from banana bread.

  • Bianca09 Posted: 10/16/12
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    Ooh this is gooood! I have a standby recipe I've used for years that gets rave reviews every time but this is an easy contender. The chopped nuts on the top and drizzled chocolate give the bread a nicer look and the nutella inside is just the perfect touch.

  • denaboeger Posted: 09/15/12
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    Oh My Gosh! This is fabulous! The only trouble I had was that when I tipped it out of the pan quite a bit of the hazelnuts fell off. Next time I will press them into the batter ( and there will most certainly be a next time).

  • KitchenGnome Posted: 10/20/12
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    Delicious and dense! Not overly rich, just right. My only problem was that the Nutella layer sank to the bottom (maybe b/c I used 1% buttermilk?) but I did everything else to the letter. The sunken layer doesn't make it any less delicious, though. With a cup of coffee, it's breakfast, with some vanilla frozen yogurt, it's dessert!

  • Lariah Posted: 12/21/12
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    Best banana bread recipe I've found, and very little work. Omitted the nuts and choc on top. Second time used choc chips (they sank), third, no choc or Nutella, great every time

  • MaryEliz Posted: 09/23/12
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    First, know that I rarely give 5 stars, perhaps 2 or 3 recipes. So a 4-star rating from me means a dish is g-o-o-d! Fairly easy to prep, lovely presentation, moist and lots of banana and hazelnut flavors. Agree that nuts need to be pressed into the batter.

  • GeniMT Posted: 01/23/13
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    I have gotten rave reviews from my co-workers on this bread. It is a nice twist on regular banana bread and actually requires quite a bit LESS sugar than my traditional recipe. As a side note, I accidentally left out the balance of the Canola Oil when making my batter and never missed it in the end result. It was still nice and moist and very soft. So if you want to eliminate even more fat, just leave out the balance of oil after adding a teaspoon to the Nutella. This recipe was very simple and straight forward.

  • hunny1 Posted: 10/23/12
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    Plainfield, IL

    This is by far the best banana bread I've ever had! It's super moist. My chocolate swirl, nutella, also sank to the bottom but it doesn't make it any less yummy. Perhaps it was because I made my own buttermilk?? Not sure. I skipped the chocolate drizzle on top and used pecans instead. Definitely making again next time using hazelnuts.

  • marybeth123 Posted: 09/30/12
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    This banana bread is outstanding! The chocolate hazelnut combination got my attention so I gave this a try. Really delicious. I will definitely be making this again over the holidays!

  • CArmst Posted: 10/15/12
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    Agree with all of the foregoing raves. I nearly doubled the quantity of chopped hazelnuts (love them!), but skipped the chocolate drizzle. Delicious by itself, but I made a terrific dessert out of it, by serving it slightly warmed up with a little light vanilla icecream and a light drizzle of hot fudge sauce. Husband begged for more.

  • slburton3 Posted: 04/03/14
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    A good recipe; my swirl ended up towards the bottom, but flavor is still good. Kind of a spongy texture.

  • VStrochak1 Posted: 11/10/13
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    I am a baker and I had been very skeptical of low-fat recipes for baked goods. I thought this was delicious. I am adding it to my rotation. I did not have a problem with the Nutella sinking to the bottom. I also could not find full-fat buttermilk so used low-fat. Otherwise did not change anything.

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