Nutella-laced Banana Bread

Hello friends–  Baking banana bread.  It’s a domestic skill you pick up early– about the same time you learn to use a washing machine or how to flip a good pancake…  So I’ve been making banana bread for decades!!  And what’s more cozy than good old banana bread?  But it can be improved upon– with swirls of Nutella for the little chocolaty flavor and it is melt in your mouth good!

3 really ripe bananas
1/4 cup unflavored yogurt
2 eggs
6 tab. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup walnuts, chopped
2/3 cup Nutella

Smash the bananas with a fork in a mixing bowl.  Then stir in the yogurt, eggs, oil and vanilla.  Next add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix it all up and then stir in the walnuts.  Then spray two small loaf pans (or one standard bread pan) with cooking spray.  Spoon half of the batter into the bottoms of the of the pans.  Then microwave the Nutella for about 30 seconds to soften it.  Pour half the Nutella over the banana bread and then swirl it into the batter with a knife.  Finally spoon the second half of the the banana bread batter into the pans.  Top with the remaining Nutella and once again swirl the Nutella into the top of the bread.  Bake it at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until the bread is firm to the touch.

This slices up better once it’s cooled a bit.  And it super toasted the next day, til it’s slightly crispy around the edges with, a mug of tea.

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