Nutella Banana Bread

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Surprise!  It’s one of the rare occasion on Just One Cookbook to have baked recipes featured back to back.  I’ve been really busy lately and I haven’t had the time to write new Japanese recipes that I’ve cooked and photographed.

With the busy schedule, I still try to find time to make and provide my children as much homemade snack as possible.  The Banana Bread I shared a while back is one of their favorites and I’ve given it a twist with this delicious Nutella Banana Bread.

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Back in August I won Grandpa’s Honey giveaway at Tutti Dolci.  I typically buy honey from Trader Joe’s but I had been looking for really good honey.  This honey was a wonderful discovery – the flavor is so rich, and it has smooth silky texture and has nice fragrance to it.

Grandpa's Gourmet Honey

Look at this beautiful golden color of honey… Hmmm, so good!

Grandpa's Gourmet Honey 2

I’m really hooked on this delicious honey and to thank Laura at Tutti Dolci for this gift, I made this Nutella Banana Bread with this honey, adapted from her Almond Butter Banana Bread.

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Can you smell the  Nutella and banana combo?  Yum…  Hope you will enjoy making this for your breakfast or tea time.

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Nutella Banana Bread
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Serves: one 9 x 5 inch loaf
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. allspice
  • ⅓ cup Nutella
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe banana
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1½ tsp. turbinado sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with nonstick spray and place a sheet of parchment paper on bottom.
  2. Whisk all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice) together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  3. Combine Nutella and honey in a small bowl and heat in the microwave until melted, (about 30 seconds) and cooled slightly.
  4. Combine mashed banana, buttermilk, egg, and extracts in the medium bowl.
  5. Add cooled Nutella-honey mixture in the medium bowl.
  6. Add to flour mixture in the large bowl and stir just until combined.
  7. Pour batter into the greased loaf pan and top with almonds and turbinado sugar.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 50-60 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. The bread is ready when an inserted skewer in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.
  9. Wrap the bread well and store at room temperature up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator up to 4 days. To freeze, wrap tightly in foil or freezer wrap.
Recipe adapted from Tutti Dolci.

I baked this bread in the morning but couldn’t photograph it before my daughter came home from her preschool.  After lunch, we did the photo shoot session together.  She was a pretty good assistant.  But she also insisted that her setting below be photographed and shared.  So here we go…

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  1. Eha

    Nami dearHeart: the last thing I want to do is to ‘rain’ on your absolutely wonderful blog! But, are you aware ‘Nutella’ is over 60% sugar/saturated fat and one of the most healthwise dangerous items you could put in your mouth? It has actually had to be withdrawn from some European food shelves! More, so I have been told, have been planned! I certainly would not dream of having it in my home or kitchen! Sorry to be negative :) !

    • Hi Eha! Good to know – I was not aware of that. I started to buy Nutella this year after seeing so many Nutella recipes on blogs and have been enjoying eating… I should cut down on my consumption especially when I need to lose my weight! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

  2. Even I have not tasted it, I already knew it must be yummy! You make it so beautifully baked. Oh, giraffe is my favourite animal….I have 4 tall wood giraffes in my living lounge! :-)

  3. I’m so jealous you won that honey! I was totally hoping to win that giveaway. But it seems like you made great use out of it with this awesome bread. I always have ripe bananas around so this recipe here is perfect! And that last photo of the giraffe is just too cute!

  4. Nami, you baked a delicious “after school treat” for the children – bananas lend a wonderful flavor to any baked goods and I am sure that your kids (and the rest of your lovely family) really enjoyed a slice of your wonderful Nutella Banana Bread!

    Have a terrific Monday!

  5. everyone loves banana bread – add nutella – you’e a genius, Nami. mind you, cooking for kids makes every mom a genius – nice post, Baker-san!

  6. Nami, it looks so perfect! How many loaves did you have to bake before you obtained such a neat, professional looking bread??? I am in awe!
    Frankly speaking, as much as I like bananas, I am not a fan of the banana bread, but your Nutella addition must completely transform the basic banana bread taste and make it luscious. Thanks for the wonderful idea (I still am left often with overripe bananas… so I will certainly try your idea).

  7. Tell me about busy schedule Nami! I used to post twice a week, but as my son grows older and my job becomes more demanding I limited my posting to just one per week and sometimes I find it hard to follow even this! Banana and nutella match perfectly and I am sure this cake would be a success especially among the young ones of the family!

  8. Allen at Cook! Bake! Share!

    What a unique variation of a favorite of many! The nutella, almonds, spices and honey make this version a standout. I can’t wait to try it! As always, beautiful photos and layout. Your daughter has a talent for food photography! Thanks for another wonderful recipe! Allen.

  9. You daughter has an eye for photo styling too… the giraffe compliments the banana bread beautifully. :) I love a good banana bread… this one looks like a winner. :)

  10. Lyinn

    yummy :)… i’m so gonna try this… btw i live n travel quite a bit in Europe and Nutella def. isn’t withdrawn from the shelves in Germany, France, Belgium nor Spain. :)

  11. Kimmi

    What a cute giraffe! Your daughter has a good eye. =)

    That one photograph with the honey and the nutella is so tempting, and seems like a wonderful combination for an interesting twist on banana bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the photographs!!

  12. Linda @ My Foodgasm Journal

    This is so perfect for breakfast. I love incorporating honey in the recipe, vs. sugar – it has different taste and sweetness.

  13. Nami, really like your photos (step by step and final photos). Beautifully done! And gosh, this nutella banana bread looks delicious, the sliced almonds on top make the bread look more appealing. The giraffe is adorable and matches the overall color! YUM!!

  14. donna mikasa

    I’m always baking banana bread but never thought to add Nutella. And I have some in my pantry! Thanks for the great idea! And I love your daughter’s photo prop–too cute!

  15. 私、最近甘い物を避けてるんだけど、これ、誘惑大きすぎ!家にこの材料全部あるのも、恐ろしい。 フローズンチョコレートバナナもいつか試したいわ。

  16. Hi Nami,
    I would love to taste this banana bread. What’s there not to love about it. It’s got all the yumminess one could ask for. Trust me, I can finish off that entire loaf.
    Gorgeous clicks!

  17. Laura really has very good recipes and your version looks so good too! I love banana bread ever since I was a kid. The picture with the giraffe made me smile because my kids, especially my daughter likes to put “unnecessary” props too in my setting so I have a lot of photos with her hands in the pictures. LOL! Sorry Mommy Nami, I like your daughter’s food styling better! LOL!

  18. Girl – when you bake, you really bake! Banana Bread is one of my favorite quick breads, right up there with cranberry bread. I’ve never seen one made with nutella, and OH – it sounds SO good – like a chocolate covered banana!

  19. Nami-san, the addition of nutella is a very classy and must add a rich flavor to the bread. Your giraffe is almost as cute as your loaf of nutella banana bread. I really need to do more baking but that indeed requires measuring and you know that is not my bag…I’m more of a pinch of this and pinch of that kind of gal…maybe a new years resolution. Take Care, BAM

  20. Dear Nami,

    Your daughter’s setting is absolutely adorable. I used to like nutella as a kid but have fallen out of it since I don’t have a sweet tooth. I know a few people who absolutely love nutella but I understand there is quite a fair % of sugar in it.

  21. So happy that you posted bread…and I am loving yours. Wonderful flavors, recipe and pictures are just stunning as ever. Nutella with classing banana bread, I would be all over it! Got to make this one very soon!

  22. Looks and sounds phenomenal. Sorry about your technical errors happening. Hope all is well. This banana bread is awesome, and that giraffe is adorable! Super cute!

    Have a great week!

  23. I think the second setting is the way to go! That little giraffe brightens up the photo. I love the combo of Nutella and Banana Bread. I don’t like chocolate chips or chunks in my banana bread so this would be perfect and I love Nutella.


  24. Candice

    Hi Nami,

    This Nutella Banana Bread is absolutely a great combo. I loved your daughter’s lil friend in the photograph (very cute)! I love Nutella and I can’t wait to try this recipe. I was recently in Paris on my honeymoon and saw Nutella filled on the shelves.

  25. This sounds like just the right amount of nasty ;-). And, you know what they say about great minds… I’ve got a banana bread in the oven as I type… but sadly I did not benefit from your lovely daughter’s assistance nor her smashing table setting! How cute it that :). Beautiful loaf Nami.

  26. Nutella and banana are one of my all time favorite combos!! I don’t eat Nutella on anything else… I know a certain group of girls (Liv’s carpool) who would adore me even more if I brought them this bread. It’s going to the top of the list!!
    On another note, isn’t it wonderful to find a good honey? I’m going to have to check this one out… we are always on the lookout for new honey.

  27. Shirlene

    Hi Nami,

    Love your blog!!!

    anyway, was just wondering if you have recipe for making almond leaf biscuit? those that you see very often in Japan International Airport in gift boxes.

    I got them recently from there and LOVED the taste n how light that biscuit taste.

    Thank you

    • Hi Shirlene! Thank you very much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoy my blog. As for the cookies, I Googled to see the image of what you are talking about but I cannot find… Do you have any picture of it? As you know there are so many kinds of Japanese confectionaries at the airport and I can recognize some but not this one…

  28. You should have your daughter assist more – that last picture is so cute! Really inspired. As is this bread! You’re rocking some mighty fine flavors here – this sounds so delish.

  29. Dear Nami, I just asked my daughter if she likes to have a slice of this beautiful cake for lunch at school, and she said: “Yes, please!” We are going to do some baking-) I buy honey from our local farms, very good also.

    • Hi Martyna! I read the article and it is very helpful for me to understand this product. Thank you so much for sharing!! Although Nutella from a jar is convenient and delicious, we need to be aware of what we’re actually eating. Thanks so much!

  30. Lily Chua

    I made the Nutella Banana Bread 2 times today. 1st time i used homemade buttermilk – mix milk with vinegar… disastrous! Tasted like uncooked flour inside. Then 2nd time, I used milk only but somehow it did not taste sweet enough for me. Is it because my bananas are not ripe enough?

    • Hi Lily! Thank you for trying this recipe! This recipe relies on honey, Nutella and banana for sweetness. So if this is not sweet enough for your liking, you need to increase honey or maybe Nutella. Overripe banana definitely helps for natural sweetness too. Overall this is not bread that is very sweet like cake or some pound cake. You can exchange honey with sugar and that helps it sweeten more. Hope this helps. :)

  31. Nami, your bread looks beautiful! The little giraffe makes the perfect prop;-)
    I think I have all the ingredients for your bread recipe in my pantry, how often does that happen? Fresh baked bread is such a wonderful after school snack, I’m sure it was very well received;-)

  32. easy breakfast recipes

    Had free time only in the morning so I made this before I went to bed. My nephew just loved it when he had it for breakfast. Great recipe – so easy to follow!

    • Hi Laura! Thank you for your time to give me feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed this as much as I did! Hehee, I want to think Nutella once in a while is manageable too… as we don’t really eat unhealthy stuff. :)

  33. Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    How did you ever sneak this deliciousness past me last year?! WOW, this is a fantastic recipe, Nami!!!

    • Hi Josephine! I thought mine also came out sort of not even too, compared to the original recipe from Tutti Dolci… I asked a few people why and tried to find answer online but couldn’t figure out. Maybe it rose too high and broke… Before I put it in the oven I release the air etc too. Sorry I wish I know the answer.. :(

      • josephine

        Thanks for prompt reply, Nami. Yours is perfect compared to mine hehe. I used top flour instead of plain flour. Does if affect anything?

        • Aw you are too kind. :) I’ve never heard of Top Flour before so I checked online and it says: Top Flour is an extra-fine quality flour to give exceptionally smooth and fine texture for your baking needs. It is especially ideal for baking very fine cakes such as chiffon cakes, swiss rolls, crepes, cake doughnuts and butter cookies. It doesn’t seem like the flour was reason, but I’m not expert in baking (still learning). How about the oven and temperature. Each oven acts differently and maybe it can be the reason? Try cover the bread with aluminum foil to control how much being baked, maybe?

  34. shirley

    Hi Nami,

    Can I opt out some of the ingredients like allspice and cinnamon for this recipe.By the way what is allspice? thks