Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

This amazing Nutella Swirl Banana Bread puts a chocolate hazelnut twist on the classic banana bread recipe. A beautifully marbled loaf to enjoy for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon treat!

slices of banana bread with chocolate hazelnut swirl

The Internet can be a crazy place. I “met” a friend in a photography Facebook group. She and her husband were moving to Germany and asked for some advice.

Once she moved in, she had me over for coffee and she made this delicious Nutella Swirl Banana Bread. When I walked into her house, it smelled like absolute heaven.

It tasted like heaven, too. Of course, I asked her for the recipe and I’ve made it three times since then. (It was two weeks ago, I have no shame.)

Clay loves Nutella. (His favorite way to eat it is to dip Goldfish into it. Not the way that I would ever enjoy Nutella, but who am I to yuck his yum?)

He also loves banana bread, so he thinks that is a marriage made in heaven. I packed some slices in his lunchbox and he was a happy dude.

Ingredients

The ingredients for chocolate hazelnut banana bread include butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, bananas, milk, flour, baking soda, salt and nutella.

ripe bananas, sugar, eggs, flour, milk, nutella, butter

Bananas. Use super ripe, brown speckled bananas. The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more banana-y the bread. If I know I am making this bread, I purchase bananas a few days ahead of time and allow them to ripen on the kitchen counter.

Nutella. Italian Nutella is the good stuff. There are a few other chocolate-hazelnut spreads on the market, but I find Nutella to provide the best texture and consistency.

How To Make // The Steps

This easy banana bread with nutella is so simple to make, you’ll wonder why you never started swirling nutella into your bread in the first place. Simply:

creamed butter, sugar and eggs in mixing bowl
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Cream butter and sugar. In the bowl of an electric mixer (or in a large bowl by hand), cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Mix in wet ingredients. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix until combined, it will look curdled. Add vanilla. Mix until well combined.
mashed bananas in mixing bowl, dry ingredients in white bowl, yellow spatula
  • Add mashed bananas and milk.
flour in sifter on top of mixing bowl with yellow spatula
  • Add dry ingredients. Sieve flour, baking soda, and salt over the bowl.
banana bread batter in mixing bowl with yellow spatula
  • Gently mix until flour can no longer be seen in the batter.
warmed nutella and banana batter in white bowl with loaf pan
  • Microwave Nutella on HIGH for 15 – 20 seconds, or until it loosens. Add 1 cup of batter and mix to combine.
banana bread batter and nutella dollops in loaf pan
  • Create a marble swirl. Spoon both batters alternately into the prepared pan. Use a chopstick or knife and gently swirl the chocolate into the banana batter.
loaf of banana bread with spoonful of nutella
  • Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour. A toothpick will come out with some crumbs. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!

Tips For Nutella Banana Bread:

  • Use very ripe, brown-speckled bananas. This is the key to sweet, moist banana bread. To speed up the ripening process, place the bananas in a paper bag with an apple or ripe banana. The bananas should ripen in 1-2 days. If you’re ready to make the banana bread now, pierce them all over with a fork and place in the preheated 350-degree oven for 10 minutes until brown. Cool completely before adding to the batter!
  • Use room temperature butter and eggs. This ensures the ingredients blend together and bake evenly in the oven. If you’ve forgotten to remove the eggs from the fridge, place in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes while you gather the remaining ingredients.
  • Microwave the Nutella. I know it sounds strange, but a quick blast in the microwave softens the nutella enough to easily mix into the batter. Keep it to 15-20 seconds. Any longer and the nutella may burn.
  • Don’t add more Nutella. As tempting as it may be, too much nutella will make the batter too heavy. Stick with the recipe. You can always slather more onto each slice of bread!
slice of banana bread with chocolate hazelnut swirl

Marbled Banana Bread Variations

I haven’t tried it myself, but I would bet that this would work with Biscoff Spread and would be delicious.

I’d do the same thing, give it about 15 seconds in the microwave and add some batter to it. Swirl it into the banana batter and bake it off.

Peanut butter would be great too. I’m partial to Nutella, but the peanut butter lovers in your life would be happy.

How To Store Banana Bread

Store the banana loaf in an airtight container for up to 3 days on the kitchen counter or 5 days in the fridge.

It makes a wonderful make-ahead recipe, too. Cool completely, then wrap the entire loaf in plastic wrap, then foil. Store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Thaw overnight on the kitchen counter. Slice, toast and enjoy for a sweet breakfast or afternoon treat!

sliced banana loaf with nutella swirl and a spoon

More Banana Recipes //

This recipe for Nutella Swirl Banana Bread was adapted slightly from Chef in Training.

Originally published in January 2019, updated July 2020 with updated images and updated recipe card.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to know how it goes! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, too!

slice of banana bread with chocolate hazelnut swirl

Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Nutella Swirl Banana Bread puts a chocolate hazelnut twist on the classic banana bread recipe that makes a scrumptious breakfast or afternoon treat.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar the bowl of a mixer or large mixing bowl if doing by hand.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix until combined, it will look curdled. Add vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add mashed bananas and milk.
  5. Sieve flour, baking soda, and salt over the bowl. Gently mix until flour can no longer be seen in the batter.
  6. Microwave Nutella for 15 to 20 seconds, or until it loosens. Add 1 cup of batter and mix to combine.
  7. Spoon both batters alternately into the prepared pan. Use a chopstick or knife and gently swirl the chocolate into the banana batter.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes to one hour. A toothpick will come out with some crumb. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Notes

Replace Nutella with equal amount of Biscoff spread or Peanut Butter for a fun variation.

Adapted from Chef in Training.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. KC

    Yum!
    I just put 2 loaves in the oven on this snowy day!
    We did one with PB last week and that was tasty as well. More subtle of a look and flavor though. My daughter prefers the Nutella. Great recipe!

    1. bakedbree

      Good to know about the peanut butter.

  2. Rachel Shimon

    I do like my bananas a little on the riper side…. but I LOVE them even more in banana bread! It is the perfect comfort food in my opinion — the best smell in the world! Perfect for smothering in Nutella!
    I was just thinking the other day how good Nutella and banana bread would be together! This looks so perfect,
    gonna try it soon!

    1. bakedbree

      Hope you like it as much as we do!

  3. Trisha

    Just made a loaf the other day and I loved it!!! My friend who doesn’t even like bananas said it’s the best banana bread she’s had. I’m so glad it came out pretty moist and it’s my first time making banana bread too.

    1. Bree Hester

      I am so glad Trisha! I mean, it’s hard to not like something when there is Nutella in it. 🙂

  4. Emma

    Is it self raising or plain flour?

    1. Bree Hester

      Plain. In the US, we don’t really use self-rising.

  5. Shannon

    Any recommendations for the Nutella for someone without a microwave? Skip this step or try heating on the stove? Thanks!

    1. Bree Hester

      You need to melt it a little or it won’t mix through the batter, it’s too thick. I’d melt it gently on the stove.

  6. Andrea Stoeckel

    In this time of covid-19 (summer 2020) when we can’t really go out, I’ve begun experimenting with dehydrated banana chips (aka, bananas can draw flies and in this heat…) and, in banana bread, they work well. we sort of “rehydrate” them with some hot water and adjust the sugar a bit if they are sweetened. Seems to work fairly successfully. Think I’ll try this recipe next

    1. Bree Hester

      Let me know how it goes!

  7. Laura

    Hi there,
    About to do some lockdown baking on a dreary Melbourne Sunday.
    Just wondering what type of sugar should I use for the recipe?
    Thanks.

    1. Bree Hester

      It’s regular granulated sugar. I think you call it caster sugar?

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