Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

Today is World Nutella Day! You can eat it straight from the jar but, if you want to get fancy, I’m excited to say that we’ll be featuring ridiculously delicious Nutella recipes this month. First up: Zoë of Zoë Bakes shares her recipe for Nutella banana bread. Here’s how to make it…

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
By Zoë François of Zoë Bakes

I fell for Nutella 23 years ago while staying with a French family in Paris. It was my first time abroad and I discovered many things, one of which was that French kids were the luckiest people on earth. They sailed boats in the impossibly beautiful pool at Luxembourg Gardens—and they had Nutella. Parisian children ate the spread like I consumed peanut butter: for breakfast, on bread at lunch, and as a late-night snack. But it’s made with chocolate and hazelnuts, which are so much sexier than peanuts. We Americans have finally had a Nutella revolution of our own, and I think we’re all a bit happier for it. My house is never without a jar and I’ve spread it on just about everything. One of my favorites is on freshly baked banana bread. In this recipe, I just swirled the Nutella right into the batter and baked them together. I like to make two loaves; otherwise it disappears way too quickly. My family always eats one while it’s still warm and gooey, and the other for breakfast the next day (who am I kidding, it rarely lasts that long). Something this delicious shouldn’t be this simple to make, and yet it is. Food perfection!

Recipe: Nutella Swirled Banana Bread
Makes 2 loaves

You’ll need:
3 large or 4 medium (2 cups mashed) bananas, yellow with brown speckles
1 cup brown sugar, packed
4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. rum, optional
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Nutella

What to do:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with butter, lined with buttered parchment.

Mash the bananas with a potato masher, so they still have some small lumps, set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, butter, milk, eggs, vanilla and rum. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar/butter mixture, just until smooth. Add the bananas and mix just until they are combined.

Place the Nutella in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it. If you don’t use a microwave, you can heat the Nutella over a double boiler for a couple of minutes. Drizzle 2/3 of the Nutella over the banana bread batter.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the Nutella into the batter, trying not to over mix, so you can see the swirls when it’s baked.

Carefully divide the batter into the pans, trying not to overly mix the batter, so the swirls stay well defined.

Add the rest of the Nutella and swirl into the top of the batter. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes.

Remove and eat one of them while it is still warm and gooey. Save the other for the next day and serve with more melted Nutella.

Thank you, Zoë!

P.S. More best recipes, including molten chocolate cakes and salted caramel brownies. Plus, 11 more Nutella recipes.

(Photos and recipe by Zoë François of Zoë Bakes. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

  1. Shipra Bhatia says...

    I tried this recipe yesterday. This was the best banana cake I ever had. The cake was very soft and melt in mouth.

  2. angela says...

    Jo – can you add a print link on the recipes you post – its really hard to cook from a blog post with all those photos added in – a link where it just gives your the recipe without all the extra writing and photos! Just a suggestion.

  3. Lily says...

    I am trying this recipe. It’s in the oven right now!

  4. I have two loaves in the oven right now, and they smell awesome! Can’t wait to taste it!

  5. I have two loaves in the oven right now, and they smell awesome! Can’t wait to taste it!

  6. I made this today! It was great! Not too sweet, which is what I was afraid of. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Looks super yummy!! I don’t have any bananas but I have canned pumpkin, could I sub pumpkin for the bananas

  8. I think there is a mistake in the recipe. 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt?? I followed the recipe exactly, knowing that this amount of salt would be too much, and it was. Wish I had followed my gut and put in 1/2 teaspoon. I think that is the correct amount. Sad to waste Nutella and ripe bananas!

    • Melissa Meikle says...

      1 and half tsp

  9. I thought this was so cute and so I shared it as one way to celebrate world nutella day. Then this weekend, I saw some bananas getting brown and decided to try this out — HOLY COW IT IS SO DELICIOUS. So thanks. :)

  10. I tried this over the weekend for a brunch/play date with some girlfriends and it was a hit (and pretty stinkin’ easy, which is how I roll)! The kids loved it and so did the mamas. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Thanks for the recipe! I made mine with whole wheat flour, not enough bananas (I used 3 large, but still not enough banana flavor for me), and not enough swirl. Even so, it’s delicious! Plus the whole wheat flour really makes it filling. Thanks again!

  12. In the oven as I’m writing this! Looks AMazing

  13. WOW!!! This looks incredibly good! I love anything with nutella! Great post!

  14. World Nutella day?? I had no idea, and now I’ve missed it. Do I have to wait until next year? Or can I have a belated feast, just like you’d celebrate a birthday a bit later?

  15. Oh my goodness I just made this and it is delicious!!! Thanks for the fab recipe! X

  16. I made 4 loaves of this yesterday. Delicious!

  17. this made me crave!!! I’m so hungry right now.. must have been yummy!^_^

  18. Shame that it is made with palm oil..As much as I love it – once I learned that it just put me off…wish they would use something else (its just marked on the ingredients as ‘vegetable oil’ – pretty sneaky!)

  19. I need to cook this Nutella Bread!!! I love Nutella (and bananas)!!! Thenk you!

  20. I love nutella, i eat it with the spoon… mmmm
    I must try this , haha

  21. I make a Nutellla Swirl Banana bread, but I like the ingredients in this recipe better. The one I make includes a box of pudding mix, but I’ve never been too comfortable with all of the artificial ingredients in that. Gonna try this one, and compare!

  22. That looks so good!!

  23. This looks positively scrumptious! I am definitely going to pin it and will have to make it sometime–perhaps this weekend (girls weekend)!

  24. World Nutella day is probably more important to me than my birthday. Delicious looking recipe!

  25. oh myyyy this looks so good!
    xo, cheyenne

  26. This looks to die for! I love the pictures and will have to make this weekend!!
    Thanks for the recipe Zoe!

    Michele @

  27. Just made your recipe after coming across two lonely overripe bananas and browsing google for a recipe. Since my baby and I were snowed in I thought I give it a try. Delicious! I didn’t have much Nutella left thanks to my husband but still very very good! A recipe worth saving, we both loved it!

  28. Had a coffee with Nutella (can’t remember the name of it)in a rainy Antwerp last May. It is a shot of espresso, warm milk, with a spoon full of Nuttella placed in the cup. You let the Nuttella melt in the coffee. So good! I always mean to try it at home but forget. Maybe today is a day.

  29. Perfect timing – I was going to make banana bread or muffins today anyway! Definitely going to add a swirl of nutella now.

  30. Looks and sounds delicious! I’m a sucker for banana bread and adding Nutella can only be a good thing!

  31. World Nutella Day?? Well then I’d better make it instead of eating my Nutella by the spoonful in a dark pantry at night. ;)

  32. The only Nutella recipe I need is me and a spoon, namsayin’?

    But seriously, this looks good. And I’m “working” from home today and have extra bananas lying around and a ginormous jar of the stuff, so this might have to happen!

  33. This looks sooo good!!
    xx – Erica

  34. I did not know it was World Nutella Day – I’m off to the kitchen to celebrate!! (It’s no wonder that the owner of Nutella is the richest person in Italy!)

  35. I’ve done this forever!! So yummy!

  36. I made a similar recipe for a party over the summer and it was a huge hit. Yum!

  37. the ingredients are for 2 loaves, right?

  38. Can you use almond milk as a replacer for reg milk for those of us who are vegan?

  39. That looks delicious. Nutella is my weakness! It’s actually embarrassing how many times I finished a jar myself by the spoonful.

  40. *Heart sings*

  41. Oh! Is that parchment paper she uses to line her loaf pan? Genius!

  42. Anything that has Nutella as an ingredient is heaven to me. Definitely going to try this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  43. i love zoe, too. her tagline is “eat dessert first” :)

  44. Oh heavens this looks good (and cruel, I can’t eat chocolate so this is forbidden fruit to me!!!). I really love Zoe’s baking style! xx