Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

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Things have been pretty unpleasant around my house the last week or so. My daughter came down with pink eye and, let me just say this, EWWWWWW. Not cool, daughter. Not cool at all.

Then my son decided to get a cold and, well, you know how wimpy men/boys can be. I’ve gone through umpteen boxes of kleenex, each garbage can in my house has a mountain of used tissues flowing from it, and there is crusty stuff all over a pitiful looking little boy.

Then, for fun, both of the kids decided to get a cough. A long, lingering, deep, wet sounding cough that makes me want to die a little.

I don’t do well with gross kids. I know I’m supposed to be all loving and mother-y and extra super sympathetic, but y’all, these kids are disgusting right now. I’m trying my best to mother them from far across the room and I may or may not have requested they bathe in antibacterial soap before hugging me good night last night. When they’re sick-sick, like pukey-sick or fever-sick I could win awards at the mothering thing. But when they are just covered in green goo and hacking up a lung while their eyeballs leak germs at me, I’d just rather keep my distance.

So I baked them banana bread and swirled in some Nutella to make up for my meanness.

Apparently, I’m forgiven. At least, I think that’s why they were kind enough to share there germs with me. Maybe it was payback? Who can say, really?


Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

This banana bread is so moist and flavorful, but that swirl of Nutella really takes it to another level!


  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Nutella, microwaved for 15 seconds to soften


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix well. Fold in the bananas, sour cream, and nuts until just combined.
  3. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Drop spoonfuls of the Nutella over the top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter. Use a knife to swirl the batter around in the loaf pan.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes or until baked through.


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26 Responses to “Nutella Swirled Banana Bread”

  1. Maria August 5, 2011 @ 7:54 am (#

    I want a slice!


  2. michelle August 5, 2011 @ 8:01 am (#

    oh yum!!!!


  3. shelly (cookies and cups) August 5, 2011 @ 8:22 am (#

    awesome post. awesome bread. the end.


  4. Erin August 5, 2011 @ 8:58 am (#

    This bread certainly looks like it could be the cure for pink eye. Or at least momentarily forgetting about it.


  5. alex August 5, 2011 @ 10:06 am (#

    great idea! my husband decided to buy the double pack of Nutella at I really need that in the house?? now I have a good recipe to try!


  6. Joanne August 5, 2011 @ 11:23 am (#

    Sick kids really are a sad unsightly thing. My condolences.

    I’m pretty sure banana bread is full of vitamins and minerals and such things. And nutella has hazelnuts, right….which are…healthy? Total sickness-curing bread right here.


  7. Tara R. August 5, 2011 @ 2:21 pm (#

    I made this today and it is incredible. Thank you for sharing the recipe.


  8. Maria August 5, 2011 @ 2:36 pm (#

    Genius Karly! My son loves Nutella and considers it its own food group. I swear he’s licked the jar a few times. Will be making this bread ASAP! Keep it up. You’re like the Baking Fairy. And I love you for it.


  9. christine August 5, 2011 @ 9:42 pm (#

    just took this out of the oven and can’t wait to dive in. looks amazing and my house smells like home


  10. Jennifer August 6, 2011 @ 1:25 am (#

    How many grans is your stick of butter ? in SA we have different sizes :) lovely blog thank you. mine is


  11. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker August 6, 2011 @ 1:39 am (#

    haha this post made me smillleee, your family must just LOVE you for divulging things such as the pink eye situation :) to be honest, banana bread would solve the worlds problems so im sure you are definitely forgiven. This sounds absolutely gorgeous, anything with nutella is a big winner of a recipe with me! :)


  12. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) August 7, 2011 @ 10:43 am (#

    Yum, Karly! I think I saw something like this somewhere else recently, can’t remember where. Or maybe it was a dream?! LOL :) Looks great though. Hope your kids are doing better!


  13. Jenny Ramsey August 7, 2011 @ 1:09 pm (#

    I laugh every time I read your blog. I am total opposite…I HATE barfies. I would deal with 1,000 colds if I could just avoid the vomit. EWWWW! We do agree on one thing though…nutella+banana bread=genius!


  14. what katie's baking August 7, 2011 @ 11:46 pm (#

    i agree with jenny– i canNOT do puking… yuck.
    so props to you for being able to handle that lol.
    this looks delish!!!


  15. Michelle August 8, 2011 @ 6:15 am (#

    Nutella? SOLD!


  16. Megan August 8, 2011 @ 11:14 am (#

    I LOVE nutella in quick breads. I actually just made Nutella zucchini bread yesterday! Yum :)


  17. alaine August 12, 2011 @ 4:40 pm (#

    I made mini muffins with this batter last night. They were SO cute and my coworkers gobbled them up this morning.


  18. Debra August 13, 2011 @ 10:27 am (#

    I made this recipe yesterday and it is absolutely the best banana bread I have ever made. The cinnamon in the batter adds a nice flavor and of course the Nutella doesn’t hurt either. If you make this stuff your kids will probably forgive you anything…


  19. Jaime Land August 16, 2011 @ 7:21 pm (#

    I mentioned you, your amazing blog, and this recipe. Thanks for posting the recipe! I loved it. The link is below to the post I did.


  20. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal March 21, 2012 @ 6:25 pm (#

    It’s on my to-do list :)


  21. Meliha April 7, 2012 @ 2:54 pm (#

    Just baked 8 half (mini?) loaves of this recipe…YUM! It got hubby’s seal of approval, and I’m not a huge fan of banana bread and even I like it. Hubby specifically said the nuts make it good, and I like that the banana flavor is pretty light.

    Thanks for the recipe!



  22. ASHI January 17, 2014 @ 4:58 am (#

    Tried this today.. So easy… N really really yummy.. Must try…



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