Tuesday, September 16

Chocolate Hazelnut Swirled Banana Bread

Holy shit you guys. I'm writing a blog post... with a new recipe! I haven't posted a new recipe in about a month! 

I think I'm always taking a break, and returning here to say "life has been crazy!" Truthfully when is life not crazy? 

To give you all a little recap of what I have been up to the last few weeks, I have been right out straight with the  kids and school starting. Chase is in Kindergarten now, Owen is in 2nd grade, and Mads just turned 3. What the fudge?! She was in my belly when I started this little adventure called blogging. The summer flew right by, and now we are smack dab in the middle of fall weather. It's cold, my heat is on, I'm wearing wool socks, and I'm baking like a lunatic.

We've also had some family things that have thrown everyone for a loop, and made us all stop to count our blessings and not take day to day life for granted, because in a split second something can happen to change everything. 

If you all remember a few months ago I shared a little recap of my little sister Jamie's wedding. She is just 23 and she married her best friend Tim who is 24. Being newly weds, they are just starting out and have limited funds, as most young couples do. Tim recently changed jobs and started a new endeavor in roofing. Just a couple of weeks on the job and he had a terrible accident. While on a roof working, he fell through a skylight to the ground fracturing several vertebrae, rupturing one, fracturing his shoulder and some ribs. The injuries were so bad they could not care for him at Laconia Hospital, and he had to be transported up to Dartmouth for spinal surgery. As you can imagine this has been an emotional roller coaster for my sister and Tim, but now that he is on the road to recovery, things are looking up for them!  Though the finical strain still looms over their heads. 

Tim was their primary bread winner, being out of work for several months while he recovers is going to hit them hard, and even after he recovers, he will most likely need to find a new line of work. Not to mention the medical debt they are about to have dropped on their heads..... You all do not want to know what a spinal surgery costs, as well as almost a week in the hospital! 

Because they need the help, I started a Go Fund Me page where people can donate any dollar amount to help them get back on their feet. They are too proud to ask, but I am not! Please help my sister and her husband out! Every dollar counts! 

And now that I've asked you to empty your pockets hahaha, lets talk about banana bread. 

I'm a huge fan. It's the first baked treat I fell in love with way back as a little girl. My Nana and my Bambi Kenny (great grandmother) both used to make the best banana bread ever. In fact, Nana used to make it every year for my birthday. Naturally, it is one of the most made treats today in my kitchen. 

This one is great, it has the classic texture and taste of banana bread, but swirled with some Nutella, it gets kicked up a notch! 

Chocolate Hazelnut Swirled Banana Bread
Banana bread base recipe is adapted from Joy the Baker's Chocolate Bourbon Banana Bread found in her book, The Joy the Baker Cookbook

2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread (something comparable to Nutella) 


Preheat oven to 350. 

Sift together, flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Set aside. 

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Add in eggs one at a time, and mix until incorporated. 

Mix in banana mash and vanilla. Once the mixture is full mixed, fold in try ingredients. 

Mix batter together until everything is combined. 

Heat hazelnut spread in microwave for about 20 seconds or until it is melted. 

Spread half of your banana bread batter into the bottom of a greased bread pan, drizzle with half of your hazelnut spread. Top with remaining batter. Drizzle the rest of the hazelnut spread over the top of bread. Using a fork or knife, gently swirl the batter together with the chocolate hazelnut spread. 

Bake for one hour or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Please if you can spare, donate just the cost of a cup of coffee to help Tim and Jamie out! Click here to read their story, and learn how to help!


  1. I could eat this whole loaf in two minutes! And would it be bad if I slathered it with more Nutella?

  2. Beautiful bread, Carrie. I think banana bread was one of the first things I learned to make too.

  3. wow! What a month you've had Carrie. I am so glad you brother in law is on the mend. My heart goes out to your sister and your whole family. This bread is simply perfect. So glad you've come back with a bang!

    1. He walked without a walker yesterday! Woohoo. Things are on the mend.

  4. I've been thinking about your sister and brother-in-law. What a terrible situation. On a separate note- Love this recipe, love these photos.

  5. I'm sending your sister and her husband positive thoughts, and well wishes!! I'm glad that your borther in law is on the road to recovery!!
    Now, that bread -- YUM!

  6. Wow, Carrie. I can hardly imagine being so young and having an accident like that, as newlyweds. I am thinking of them both and just made a little contribution. I wish I could do more!

  7. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, so wonderful for you to reach out on their behalf. Love the bread also, so delicious.

  8. Carrie, it is good to have you back and this swirl bread has every delicious flavor I love. So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law but glad to hear that he is making a good recovery.

  9. What a crazy month you've had, I will keep your sister and brother-in-law and our thoughts and prayers! As for this delicious looking banana bread? Perfection!