Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nutella Banana Bread

What's a girl to do when her co-workers are give her bananas?

A few weeks ago I was promoted to a new office and the other two people in my office are hilarious and every day is fun.    Yesterday started with "How about we have some Starbucks and some fruit snacks?" as our manager tossed tiny pouches of fruit snacks at us.  Then she treated us to coffee.

On Monday night she walks into my office with two sad looking bananas and tells me they are only suitable for banana bread.    Of course.  

Banana bread is so easy to make and is not sensitive to the altitude here in Denver. The basic ingredients are always on hand. I just need sad looking bananas and I'm good to go.

What makes every recipe better?   That's right.   Nutella.  
Bring it on.

What You Need

5 tablespoons Nutella
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil, divided
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 medium ripe (aka sad looking) bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3  cup skim milk
1/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
What You Do

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine Nutella and 1 teaspoon oil in a microwave-safe dish; microwave on high for 30 seconds or until melted. Stir. Combine 3 tablespoons oil, butter, brown sugar, and banana in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Combine yogurt and skim milk in a liquid measuring cup and stir.   Beating at low speed, add flour mixture and milk/yogurt mixture alternately to banana mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; beat just until combined. Scrape half of batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray, and top with the Nutella/oil mixture. Spread remaining batter over chocolate mixture. Using a knife, swirl batter. Sprinkle batter with hazelnuts.

Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick comes out with moist crumbs clinging. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread; cool on wire rack.

The Moral of the Story

When life hands you bananas, make banana bread.
Your co-workers will love you even more than they already do. 

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