Nutella Banana Bread


We go through a lot of Nutella around here lately. Thank goodness for double packs at Costco. Taylor takes a Nutella sandwich for lunch at least 3 days a week. Megan has Nutella and graham crackers almost every day. But they wouldn’t even try this because there were bananas. That was okay though because it left more for me.

5 Tbs Nutella
3 Tbs Canola Oil
1 tsp Canola Oil
3 Tbs Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
2 medium Bananas, sliced
2 large Eggs
1-1/2 cups Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Buttermilk
1/4 cup Hazelnuts, chopped
1 ounce Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9″x5″ baking pan.

Combine Nutella and 1 teaspoon oil in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on high for 30 seconds; stir.

Combine remaining oil, butter, brown sugar, and banana in a large bowl; mix at medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed. Add buttermilk. Add flour just until combined.

Pour half of batter into pan and top with Nutella mixture. Spread remaining batter over chocolate mixture. Using a wooden pick, swirl batter. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.

Bake for 50 minutes.

Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread; cool on wire rack.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on high in 15 second intervals; stirring in-between. Drizzle chocolate on top of bread; wait until chocolate has started to harden before cutting.

Servings: 16
Calories 165
Total Fat 8.8g
Total Carbohydrates 19.4g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Protein 2.7g
Nutrition Grade C

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Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake

Yesterday I got to go on my first trip as a field trip chaperone. They went to Safety Town at the local Fire Station. It’s a really cute tiny town with a miniature Babe’s Chicken, Walmart, City Hall, Hospital, Bank, etc… They also do a really cute Halloween and Christmas event. But mainly they do field trips.

The kids get to ride bikes and learn how to obey the traffic signals. Then they learn about tornado safety. The bike riding caused quite a stir in our house. The girls have no interest in riding bikes. They have only had scooters or bikes with training wheels. We all tried teaching them this weekend….me, the hubby, my sister, my nephew….no luck. They were both so afraid that the other kids would make fun of them. So when the Fireman asked them to raise their hands if they knew how to ride a bike, Megan raised hers higher than everyone there and then later told them that she decided to just be a pedestrian. It turned out okay. Two of her friends even decided to walk with her.

And once again on the pie front…here is Taylor’s turn….

1-1/2 cups Chocolate Animal Crackers, crushed
3/4 cup Sliced Almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup Butter, melted
1 tsp Vanilla, divided
2 pkg (8 oz each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Sugar
13 oz Nutella
8 oz Whipping Cream, whipped

Mix animal cracker crumbs, almonds, butter and 1/2 tsp vanilla until blended. Press onto bottom and sides of 9″ pie plate. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large mixing bowl until combined. Add Nutella and remaining vanilla. Mix well. Stir in whipping cream. Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Servings: 10
Calories 465
Total Fat 32.3g
Carbohydrates 39.4g
Fiber 2.9g
Nutrition Grade D-

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