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Nutella & Toasted Pecan Swirl Banana Bread

Got rotten bananas?

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Swirl Banana Bread |

Overripe bananas gross me out–gack! <— That was my attempt at a sound effect for gagging.

Lesson: I’m horrible at creating sound effects. Which brings me to my next point; why are boys so good at sound effects? They can make realistic shooting noises, mock a motorcycle rumbling down the road, and pretend their ninjas.

It’s an innate talent I don’t quite understand.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Swirl Banana Bread |

Just the other day, Squirrel came up with something he named the squirrel call. Apparently, having nicknames isn’t enough–now we need our own themed calling method. We’re not superheroes that need to activate a signal when trouble ensues.

I was literally dying with laughter when he showed me for the first time. I’m not kidding, folks, I ended up with side stitches from giggling so much.

The man is a nut!

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I digress. You came here for bread, and I’m going to give you what you came for.

This nutella & toasted pecan swirl banana bread is the bomb dot com! I kid you not.

Like most recipes for banana bread, this bread is moist, sweet, and highly addictive. Unlike most recipes for banana bread, this bread is oozing with melted nutella and toasted pecans. 

When you take it out of the oven, it appears as if it’s a regular loaf of banana bread, delicious but slightly boring. One slice will prove it different, so deliciously different.

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Banana bread tips:

  1. Grease and flour your bread pan. I realize adding flour to the pan is an additional step that can be somewhat messy, but, I promise, it’s worth the time if you want your bread to leave the pan without hesitation.
  2. Ripe bananas–they live for banana bread. Honestly, I don’t know a single person who looks at a ripe, mushy banana and thinks, “Yum!” They’re meant for mashing. You can detect a ripe banana when the skin is freckled with dark spots and the innards are soft when you press on the outer skin.
  3. Chunky vs. smooth: You can use a fork or a potato masher. If you want a smooth mash with very little lumpage, use a potato masher. If you prefer a chunky banana bread, you’ll have more control with a fork.
  4. Melt and cool your butter. Make sure you allow your butter to come to room-temperature before mixing it into your batter. I know it’s hard to wait when you’re craving chocolate-stuffed banana bread, but it’s a must. Melted butter creates a moister, denser bread. Since I like my banana bread extra moist, I always melt my buttah.
  5. I used a larger loaf pan for this recipe (10-inch-by-5-inch). A conventional 9-inch-by-5-inch pan will work as well. Banana bread takes between a 60-70 minutes to bake. Begin testing your bread every 5 minutes at 60-minute mark to prevent over-baking. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean when your bread is finished baking.

For the swirl: 

  1. Add half the batter to your greased and floured loaf pan.
  2. Melt your nutella in the microwave for 20-30 seconds so that it’s spreadable.
  3. Evenly drizzle the softened nutella over the batter. Use a rubber spatula to spread the nutella into the corners.
  4. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.
  5. Top with remaining batter. Use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the batter over the nutella layer.

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That central ooze is causing fits of irresistible ooze cravings. The only thing to do with a craving this strong is to cut a thick, hefty slice and go at it.

Nutella & Toasted Pecan Swirled Banana Bread

Sweet, moist banana bread swirled with melted nutella and toasted pecans.

Yield: 1 (10-by-5-inch) loaf

Total Time: 75 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 65 minutes



  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup nutella
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch-by-5-inch or 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the bowl with the banana mixture. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir until flour is no longer visible.
  5. Add half the batter to the prepared loaf pan.
  6. Add nutella to a small bowl. Microwave for 20-3o seconds to soften. Drizzle over the banana bread batter. Spread evenly over the batter using a rubber spatula. Sprinkle with toasted pecans. Top with remaining batter. Spread evenly with a rubber spatula.
  7. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Start checking your bread at the 60-minute mark every 5 minutes to prevent over baking.
  8. Cool in the pan completely. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the loaf. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or slice and freeze for up to 3 months.
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20 Responses to “Nutella & Toasted Pecan Swirl Banana Bread”

  1. #
    movita beaucoup — October 11, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I am reasonably good at making interesting sounds, but writing them? WAY HARD. 2.0 has requested banana bread this weekend – maybe I should add a delightful nutella swirl?!


    • Jennie replied October 11th, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Swirl it up, Movita!


  2. #
    Laura Dembowski — October 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Such a great twist on banana bread! I think I’d steal the swirl from the other pieces ;)


    • Jennie replied October 11th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Swirl thief, now that’s hardcore. Thank you so much, Laura!


  3. #
    Choc Chip Uru — October 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    A bit of nutella never hurt any banana bread :D
    What a wonderful recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru


    • Jennie replied October 15th, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Exactly, Uru! Thank you so much!


  4. #
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — October 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    That looks delicious! I love trying new variations on banana bread, you can never have enough different kinds!


    • Jennie replied October 15th, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Banana bread is the most versatile of the quick breads. You’re right, you can never have too many different variations.


  5. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — October 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    LMAO. Thank goodness my husband hasn’t come up with his own personal “call” – I probably would not have lived to see another day, I would be laughing so hard. This bread does look like the bomb dot com! Seriously so delicious and moist and the Nutella!


    • Jennie replied October 15th, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Thanks, Lindsey. I’m sure he’s working on his own personal call as I type. He’s a trip!


  6. #
    Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss — October 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    It’s funny that you mention that boys are so much better at sound effects…there’s actually a short youtube video called “girls are bad at sound effects” and it has girls (hilariously) making sound effects to action scenes in movies.

    But back to the bread! This looks fantastic :) banana bread is the only thing I like with bananas in it so this will be on my must-make list!


    • Jennie replied October 15th, 2014 at 8:07 am

      I’ll have to check that video out; it sounds hilarious. Thanks, Jessica!


  7. #
    shannon — October 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    i hate overripe bananas – to eat. but for banana bread and cake? I AM ALL OVER THAT. add nutella and pecans and probably no one else is getting a slice.


    • Jennie replied October 15th, 2014 at 8:08 am

      You have every right to withhold your bread from others.


  8. #
    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — October 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    My sound effects and accepts are total crap. I do them on purpose to bug the husband, because I’m a total jerk ;) I now need to hear this squirrel call – you should upload an audio file of it! Jennie, this bread! This glorious Nutella oozing bread! Why have I never thought of stuffing banana bread with Nutella and nuts before? I love this.


    • Jennie replied October 15th, 2014 at 8:09 am

      I can’t make a gun sound to save my life. Oh my, and audio file would be hilarious. Squirrel would die if I did that. Girl, stuff that bread!


  9. #
    [email protected] — October 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Looks delicious and super moist!! Genius idea btw!


  10. #
    Thalia @ butter and brioche — October 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I love banana bread.. and I LOVE nutella but never have combined the two before. What a seriously good idea and definitely one I need to try. The banana bread looks so moist and that nutella swirl looks ridiculously delicious. Wish I had a slice to devour right now!


  11. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Michael IS weirdly good at sound effects-what is up with boys??

    This banana bread looks OH SO heavenly. Nutella swirled is delicious enough but there’s also TOASTED PECANS….mmmm


  12. #
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — October 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Ha – overripe ones are the only ones I’ll eat!! :) Love the swirl in this bread.


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