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Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

By Krista Low @kristascookin
While my husband is the traditionalist always enjoying the classic recipes, which don't get me wrong are fabulous.  I still like to venture out and try new things.  I love the combination of chocolate and banana, and I love Nutella, so I thought I would try my hand at making a Nutella Swirl Banana Bread.  I modified my go to Lion House Banana Bread recipe to make this one.  No one in the ate any besides me.  No adventure I tell ya! I shared a few slices with my neighbor, who's family has become my official taste testers, but other than that I got to eat every last bite :)
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large bananas, or 3 small bananas mashed (1 cup)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Nutella
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Preheat oven to 350˚ F.  In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Stir in the coconut, if desired and set aside.   Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
 Grease and flour a bread pan and set aside.
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
In the bowl of an electric mixer or a batter bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Add the mashed bananas, sour cream, milk, cinnamon, lemon juice, vanilla, and the lightly beaten eggs.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Stir on medium until all the liquids are combined and the mixture starts to look curdled.
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Add the dry ingredients in two separate additions on the lowest speed.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Mixing only until all the flour is incorporated.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Place the Nutella in a small bowl and microwave on 15 second increments until melted and smooth and is easily stirred with a spoon.
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Add 1/2 of the batter into the prepared bread pan.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Spread 1/2 of the Nutella over the batter and swirl in a figure 8 pattern with a knife to give it a marbled look.
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
  Add the remaining batter and repeat the with the remaining Nutella.  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, not including any melted Nutella that may happen to stick! Your kitchen should smell like chocolate banana heaven!
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes.  Then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely or slice and enjoy warm!  
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
*I highly recommend eating this warm! Who needs to wait anyway? 
Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
My son liked these slices.  He said it looked like the bread was smiling at him!

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