Friday, December 9, 2016

Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Baking in the fall and winter is the best!

Especially on a weekend morning.

The kitchen is all cozy and warm from the oven, and then you get to eat something that's warm and toasty along with your morning coffee or tea.  Oh, it's just the best feeling, don't you think?  It reminds me of baking with my mom when I was growing up.  Dreaming of muffins and quick breads and pies, Oh My!

Today is all about quick breads though.  I just love them.  They are really a form of cake, in between a muffin and a cake I would say.  They are very easy to throw together.  I think the hardest part is waiting for them to bake, because they do require usually around 50-60 minutes in the oven.  Waiting, waiting, waiting....when will the magic happen?

But when that hot, steamy bread comes out of the oven and the aroma fills the air, oh boy....look out.  Heaven is visiting you! 


Quick breads come in so many varieties.  Banana bread is a standard and is very popular.  Some of my favorite quick breads are Apple Cider Quick BreadStrawberry Banana Bread, and Cranberry Orange Quick Bread.  Today we are talking chocolate and peanut butter banana bread.  And not just any chocolate, but Nutella...swirled in the quick bread.  Oh boy!  Just thinking about the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, warm from the oven is making my mouth water!

You, your family, and your kids are sure to love this breakfast treat.  It's not only for breakfast though.  It makes a good after school snack, and it's great with afternoon tea.  Dessert, "Yes Please..."  This is good any 'ole time in my house.  Here's a secret...we've been known to snack on this in bed, crumbs and all.

So make sure to try this right away.  It's the perfect weather for a warm, fresh from the oven, quick bread. 


Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 c canola oil
1 egg
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c Reese's Peanut Chips
3 Tbls Nutella

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set it aside.

In a medium bowl, add together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, whisking to blend. In a large bowl, add mashed bananas, oil, egg and sugars.  Stir until combined well.

Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in peanut butter chips.

Spread batter into pan. Drop 3 tablespoons of Nutella on top of bread in a row. Swirl with a knife.

Bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in loaf pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges remove from loaf pan, placing on a cooling rack.  Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes and then slice with a serrated knife.

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