Monday, May 20, 2013

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread


I looked over at my hanging fruit basket one day and noticed my bananas had seen better days. I had forgotten all about them, and they were getting black spots all over. Usually, they are eaten too fast to even get to this point, so I smiled, knowing just what I would do with them- banana bread!

And this banana bread is DEE-licious! Very moist, with a wonderful peanut butter flavor, and as if that wasn't enough, Nutella swirled in. Yum! I'm actually devouring a piece as I am writing this now (and doing more eating than typing). Just talking about it is making it very difficult not to go back for seconds....or I guess thirds would be the more appropriate term...

Although the bake time is a tantalizingly long 50 minutes, the batter is very simple and quick to whip together. After mixing it, pour it in a loaf pan, swirl in the Nutella and bake.for.50.minutes. Easier said than done. The aroma is amazing and yes, will make your house smell wonderful, but will also have your mouth watering to taste a piece (no worries, as you wait, you will have plenty of time to clean up that drool). My friends, it is well worth the wait and will definitely be a recipe I will make again and again.















Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf
{recipe from sallysbakingaddiction}

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Reese's mini cups (NOT the bite-sized, the smaller ones; can also use 3/4 cup chopped Reese's Cups)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 heaping tablespoons Nutella
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together bananas, peanut butter, canola oil, egg and sugars.
  3. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! Fold in Reese's mini cups and chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan. Drop 3 heaping tablespoons of Nutella in a line on top of the batter. Swirl Nutella with a knife.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then loosen the edges with a knife and remove from loaf pan. Transfer to a cooling rack. Allow bread to completely cool before cutting into it.



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