I love Costco! Even though it’s just 2 of us using the membership, we shop there all the time. Why not buy things you eat everyday in bulk? It’s cheaper and you don’t have to go to the store as often , that’s a win, win. It’s super handy for parties or weekend trips to Tahoe, since our friends don’t have memberships. It’s not a party without 3 lbs of torilla chips, 4 lbs of salsa, and 6 lbs of hamburger patties – and don’t forget the amazing deals on alcohol!
But there’s one product that I got so incredibly excited about when Costco started stocking it: NUTELLA! I have been a huge fan of it since I first had it on a warm baguette in France when I was 8. I am a bit of a snob when it comes to my Nutella; I think France and Italy make the best and they come in glass jars which, in my mind, is what makes it taste even better. Once, I had my friend from France bring me a 1kg jar of Nutella in her suitcase when she came to visit. It was gone later that summer.
The Nutella we buy in the States is actually made in Canada (and now sometimes Mexico) and I don’t think the texture or taste is as good. Whether it’s from the plastic jar it comes in, or maybe that the cocoa and hazelnuts aren’t as good, American Nutella is just inferior. Having said all that, I still buy it in bulk because my fiance likes to eat it on his toast and when it hits something warm you can’t really tell the difference anyway. American Nutella > no Nutella, any day. Since it comes in such a large quantity, I also don’t feel so bad baking with it. I DO mind using the expensive European stuff (which you can buy on Amazon, FYI…5 jars at a time! I think the first time I purchased these they came from Italy but now it may be the Polish version), so it helps to have the American version on hand at all times.
Anyway, onto the reason for this post! Banana Nutella Bread, the best thing since…regular banana bread! Since we shop at Costco right after work and before dinner, we often buy way more than we should because we’re hangry and make bad decisions. We think it’s a great idea to buy 10 bananas even though they will all get ripe at exactly the same time and it’s impossible to eat them just the two of us. Thankfully, there are recipes like this that combine good ol’ banana bread (the centuries-old, trusted graveyard for over-ripe bananas) and NUTELLA (the decades?-old, trusted graveyard for cocoa and hazelnuts).
The Nutella creates this amazing crust on the top of the bread and it’s super creamy and delicious on the inside of the bread. The marbling is pretty too!
I’ve tried to make muffins with this recipe but it’s hard to marble the Nutella in cupcake liners so then you end up with a clump of Nutella that just sinks to the bottom of the muffin. Not great.
Hope you enjoy!
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 small-medium bananas)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup milk
- ¼-½ cup Nutella
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray 9×5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda & salt.
- In a separate large bowl, cream sugar and butter together.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg is added. Add mashed bananas, milk and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add flour mixture, beat at low speed just until flour is incorporated (don’t over mix).
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, add Nutella and heat for 15 seconds. Stir. Put it back in the microwave and heat for an additional 10 seconds so it’s easier to pour.
- Add 1/3 of the banana bread batter to the loaf pan, then pour 1/3 of the Nutella over it and swirl with a knife to get a marbling effect. Repeat two more times ending with Nutella on top.
- Bake 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove loaf from pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
If you’re lactose intolerant, substituting almond milk or soy milk for the 1/3 cup of milk works just as well.
And if you can somehow manage not to eat it within a week or find that it’s getting dry, just microwave your piece for 10 seconds and plop a dollop of Nutella on top, good as new!