Everyone has their favorite childhood foods. Something that when they think about it, they’re filled with happy memories and good times.
My absolute favorite childhood food is far and away banana bread.
I realize I’m not *technically* past childhood yet, but banana bread certainly reminds me of those cute little minibaker days.
For me, there are two great memories related to this fantastic quickbread. One is coming home from elementary school to the AMAZING smell of banana bread in the oven, and getting to eat a thick, warm slice studded with sweet chocolate chips.
The other is pretty funny. In 5th grade, we had to make New Years Resolutions. For mine, I decided to help my mom with cooking more often. That night, I “helped out” by making a batch of banana bread. Unfortunately, I didn’t quite mix the batter well enough, so only half the loaf rose. My lopsided banana bread made for a pretty funny picture 🙂
This week’s batch turned out a little bit better than my 10-year-old version. The super ripe bananas on the counter had been calling me for days, so I finally gave in and made some seriously good banana bread.
I decided to add a Nutella swirl, which was an amazing stroke of genius. It looks super pretty and tastes great. Then again, what else is to be expected from Nutella?
Banana Bread with Nutella Swirls
7 ounces of all purpose flour, sifted
1/4 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup of canola oil
6 3/4 ounces of light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup of plain yogurt ( I used Greek)
1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2-3, depending on the size)
100g nutella, melted (in the microwave, also if you’re low on nutella you can add a few melted chocolate chips too)
Preheat the oven to 340 F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and dust it with flour.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl; set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until well combined. Add in the mashed banana, then add the sifted dry ingredients, stirring gently to combine.
Divide the batter in half so that it’s in two different bowls. In one half, mix in the melted nutella. Use two ice cream scoopers to alternate adding in different colors of batter to the loaf pan. This will made the pretty design 🙂 Make sure to use plenty of batter in each scoop, and if you want the pattern to be more mixed, use a spatula and run it down and up to make a cheesecake sort of design.
Bake for 45 – 50 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 to 10 before removing to eat, otherwise it will fall apart. Then, slice it up and enjoy the good memories!