nutella banana bread

Guuuuuuuys. It’s soooo good.

I came up with this ultra moist banana bread base recipe two years ago, and it’s the only banana bread recipe I’ve used since then. It’s not even worth trying out new recipes; there is no homemade banana bread I’ve ever had that comes close to this one. It’s soft, velvety, and light. It’s so flavorful and can be eaten at any time of day. It’s sliceable so you can have a sliver or a huge piece. Or five slivers.

And about 1/4 of the mass comes from bananas, so it’s relatively more healthy than other desserts (Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies, I’m looking at you).

And would you believe the best banana bread I’ve ever made has only 6 tablespoons of butter in the entire loaf? It’s practically magic. My secret is using greek yogurt to keep the loaf moist. Greek yogurt has all the creaminess of “regular” yogurt, but with much less sugar, much more protein, and fewer calories and fat than its regular yogurt cousins (just make sure the label says 0%).

The reason I put greek yogurt in loafs like banana bread is because of its acidity. The yogurt acids react strongly with baking soda to create carbon dioxide, allowing the bread to rise more fully and giving it that characteristic fluffiness.

So with that mini science lesson, what I’m trying to say is: this Nutella banana bread is really soft and fluffy despite how low fat it is. Well, at least it would be if I didn’t swirl in all that delicious Nutella. But oh well. It’s low-fat to me.

sliced nutella banana bread

Tips on how to make banana bread

Use overripe bananas—Super ripe, even brown, bananas are the key to making a sweet, moist, flavorful loaf of banana bread. If your bananas aren’t quite ripe enough yet but you’re dying to make a loaf, pierce them with a fork a few times and bake them in the oven for 10 minutes until brown. Let the bananas cool completely before adding them to the batter!

Use non-fat greek yogurt—See mini science lesson above for why Greek yogurt is a must for any good banana bread recipe.

Use room temperature ingredients—To help the Nutella banana bread bake evenly in the oven, all the ingredients should be room temperature before adding them to the batter (yes, even the eggs and butter).

Don’t swirl in more Nutella—I know you’ll be tempted to add even more Nutella into the banana bread batter, but trust me, it’s not needed! If there’s not enough Nutella in this loaf for your liking, I’d recommend slathering a warm slice of this bread with Nutella as you’re eating it instead.

loaf of nutella banana bread

How to freeze banana bread

This Nutella banana bread is a great recipe to make ahead of time and have on hand for last-minute get togethers. To freeze this banana bread, let it first cool completely on your countertop. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap a few times and then in foil before freezing. When you’re ready to eat this banana bread, set it out on your counter and let it thaw to room temperature.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Alex and I are going to a gala for his medical school on Saturday, then hosting a Super Bowl party at our house Sunday night! Looking forward to sharing Monday’s recipe with you already  🙂

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Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread: The softest banana bread you’ve ever had swirled with thick ribbons of Nutella. Perfect for the holidays or a weekend treat!

  • Author: Sarah | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 extremely ripe (even brown) bananas, mashed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 6 ounces non-fat greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the melted butter, stirring to combine. Mix in the eggs, greek yogurt, and vanilla. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet.
  3. Pour half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Melt Nutella in microwave for 20 seconds. Drizzle half of Nutella over batter, gently swirling the batter with a knife to form ribbons of Nutella. Pour the second half of the batter on top and repeat with remaining Nutella. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan.

More Nutella desserts from Broma Bakery:

Banana Nutella Muffins

Salted Caramel-Stuffed Nutella Chocolate Cups

Nutella-Stuffed Gingersnap Cookies

Nutella Pumpkin Bread

Salted Pretzel Nutella Fudge

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If you say its the BEST, I’m believing you, because girl when have you ever steered us wrong? Sooo trying this very soon.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I hope you agree! I have a feeling you will 🙂

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Ohh boy..It looks sooo good!!! Love that you added greek yogurt. This is a must-do for sure. Have a great weekend! Pinned.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks, Oriana! It just makes it sooo moist. Hope you had a wonderful weekend

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That looks fantastic! I love Greek yogurt and any excuse to put it in baked goods. Yum!

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Your reasoning is very solid here. I think I shall eat 6 slices…since you’ve convinced me it’s healthy!

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6 sounds perfect 🙂

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So, literally said “nom nom nom” in my head as I looked through these photos! This banana bread sounds incredible (and I love the mini science lesson!)!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Teeheeehee. I appreciate the noom noms

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You have me convinced! The next time I make some banana bread, I’ve got to try out your recipe. P. S. Less butter is still totally low-fat to me too, even with all that delicious Nutella!

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Exactly! You know it 🙂

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Hi Sarah! oh my gawd, this banana bread!!! love the non-fat greek yogurt! This is the kind of bread I could nibble on all day long! and we are hosting a super bowl party on sunday too. . can’t wait for the food! 😛 happy weekend!

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Hope you had a wonderful party, Alice!

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Thank you for the mini science lesson! And for this Nutella Banana Bread – I’ll feel smarter and happier for eating it!

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Oh my gosh, I’m literally drooling over here, Sarah! This bread looks so AMAZING! Nutella banana bread has been on my bucket list to make, as I’m am seriously addicted to thsi stuff. Love the looks of this! Pinned!

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This banana bread looks AMAZING! Love the nutella – so perfect! Bookmarking, happy weekend lovely!

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Ohhh girl you didn’t! Anything with a thick swirl of nutella on top is a WIN!

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Like a double win. 🙂

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Girl. Oh my god. I have no words, this looks amazing (good luck hosting your party! I’m sure the food will be crazy amazing of course) Pinned 🙂

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That looks super delicious! I can tell from pictures that it’s super moist! Love it, pinning!

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I absolutely love bread, banana and nutella so having them all 3 in 1 is just omomomomomomomomom!!

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Ok, that’s it! I’m moving next door. You can bring your baked goods over to me every day. This bread looks amazing. I love banana bread and Nutella!

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I loooove that idea. We’d have the most best baking parties ever!

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Oh my gosh, this bread looks absolutely phenomenal. Thanks for posting the recipe

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Can you believe I’ve never had Nutella?! But this totally makes me want to try!! Great post!

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Words are failing me because my jaw is still on the floor at this bread! What I would give for just one bite! I have to make this!

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Fabulous recipe and I throughly enjoyed the science lesson. I’ll add that the acid in the yogurt also tenderizes gluten, making an extra tender crumb! I can totally see how amazingly tender and delicious your banana bread recipe is! I’m with Gingi, I’ve not had Nutella either. Ever! I know, crazy. I think it’s time. I love banana bread and I can’t wait to try your recipe, Sarah! Have fun at the Gala (pictures on IG?) and a fabulous Super Bowl! 😀

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Oooh thanks for the additional info! I’ve got a thing or two to learn from you 🙂

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This is banana bread perfection! Love all of it 🙂

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This is the beast banana Nutella loaf I’ve ever seen! Looks fantastic! And I’m sure super delicious, since you used Greek yogurt! Have a great weekend girl!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks so much, Mira! Hope you had a great weekend, too

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Omg that banana nutella bread looks SO perfect!! So moist and flavorful, I definitely have to bake that! Pinned 🙂

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Banana bread is so good, but Nutella takes it to a whole new level! This looks like a good recipe to add to my brunch menu…Happy Saturday, Sarah 🙂

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Hellooooo new favorite banana bread recipe!! This looks so insanely moist from the bananas and yogurt. I’m going nuts over this! Pinned 🙂

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Oh my, I totally need a slice of this nutella banana bread as of now. And I love how you use yogurt in this bread. Makes it so fluffy and moist. Lovely!

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I definitely approve of this as breakfast food! 😀

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I made this bread last night, and it is now my favorite banana bread recipe ever. The Nutella was an inspired touch, and made even my husband (a true banana hater) declare that this bread was actually okay. Ordinarily, I can’t even get him to try a bite of banana bread. Thank you for sharing this bit of baking perfection!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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So, so glad you enjoyed it, Debbie! And glad the hubby liked it, too! I must be doing something right 🙂

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We made the nutella banana bread into mini muffins the other night! They were SO delicious! We ate them all within a day :P.

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So glad you enjoyed! It’s so easy to eat them all… teehee!

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I did pin this the moment I saw it. I could eat the whole bread in one sitting, ok, maybe not one, but it looks that good. I just love that’s it’s lighter and the nutella, oh ya.

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Glad I stumbled upon this post – I have some bananas that are juuuust about ready to be made into banana bread! Looks amazing!

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Stumbled upon this when i was searching for an easy, fuss-free recipe using greek yogurt. Very very delish! I reduced the sugar and mixed with brown sugar, also reduced the nutella to around 1/3 cup and used 4 bananas.

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This banana bread is so good and the recipe worked perfectly! Thank you for this fantastic recipe! I’m so glad that I found your blog :).

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Hello Sarah … I am a big fan for banana bread and i try every recipe i come across. I just tried your recipe and i am writing to you while my banan bread is still warm lol. It is a delicious, easy, and rich. I love the amount of the bread itself and it raised so beautifully. I wish i can attach a picture of mine coz it looks like yours so much

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Tried it today and it tasted great. As I hate using flour (makes it hard for me to bake often), I grounded up one cup steal-cut oats and added it with the other cup of all-purpose flour. I used less sugar and Nutella for a heartier version and added some honey to get the sweet flavor. My husband finally suggested I add some cinnamon and it was a good addition.

What I loved about it is the shape and how it raised beautifully. The smell was something from another world too. I tried to make banana bread before and it was a good experience, but I feel your recipe is simpler and quick.

Would have attached a photo, but I guess the site doesn’t offer such option.

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Looks amazing! I plan on trying this. Have you ever tryed vanilla Greek yogurt? I am making this spontaneously and only have that in the house. Wonderkng if I should attempt it?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh absolutely! That will work wonderfully. I would add slightly less sugar. Try for 2/3 cup instead of 3/4 cup. Enjoy!

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Hello. Looking forward to making your recipe. Does it hath to be chobani Greek yoghurt or can I use a different plain Greek yoghurt? Thanks

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Amy! You can use any type of plain greek yogurt 🙂

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Thanks so much for this recipe, fantastic banana bread, fun to bake! I find so many banana breads so boring and tasting so ordinary! I had great success even at 9000 feet! Definitely this recipe it’s a keeper and cannot wait to try your other recipes!
And the photos are a work of art!

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Thanks so much for the kind words, Christina! SO glad you enjoyed the bread. Do let me know what you make next!!

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I just made it!!!! It looks delicious. We can’t wait for it to cool down so we can taste it. My husband is sooooo excited

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Oooooh let me know what you think, Nancy! It’s hard to wait for it to cool, ha!

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I made it last night and it is DELICIOUS!!!!! My husband loved it. I used less sugar (1/2 cup) and I added walnuts. This is a very good recipe☺☺☺☺☺

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So glad you enjoyed, Nancy! And glad it held up with less sugar. Walnuts is a great idea!

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this looks wonderful! I need to make it ahead of an event later this week. Does it freeze well?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Robin,

I have not frozen a quick bread, though reading online it does seem like it’s totally possible! I would wrap it in both plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in a large ziplock bag for extra protection from freezer burn. Hope you enjoy and let me know how it goes!

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How long would you say it keeps on the counter?(under lock and key, of course!)

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Ha! If you want it to still have that moist, fresh texture, I would say 2 days. Though if you’re just keeping it for yourselves (and not for an event), it will last 5 days 🙂

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Awesome recipe! 😀

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Thanks so much for this recipe. These banana bread turns out perfect! My family love it and always request for more
Please keep more of these greek yogurt recipes coming

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This is so good! I’ve never made banana bread before, I also don’t have a loaf pan… This bread is absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for your recipe!

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This came out amazing!!!

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So great to hear! Thank you Shawna!

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Hey im so happy to have tried your recipe. It is perfectly moist and full of banana flavor. And nutella is just icing on the top. A little addition i made to this recipe is a pinch of cinamon powder because my family loves the flavor of cinamon. But coming back to your recipe this is definitely my most fav bread for breakfast or for tea time. I give 6 stars ;).

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This is my favorite banana bread recipe. Made it many times!
Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!

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Hi! I can’t get greek yogurt where I live… Would regular yogurt work eith the recipe?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Yes, regular plain yogurt is fine

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Absolutely 5 stars plus.
I used a honey Greek yogurt and 1/2 the sugar and 1/2 the Nutella. I mixed Nutella in the middle as suggested but none on top. It came out great.

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soon good!! definitely worth trying!

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So, I generally do not have much with blog recipes i find, especially those I find on pinterest. HOWEVEVER, this recipe is perfection! I’ve made this 4 times now, and each time it’s perfect and i get an endless amounts of compliments on it, so thank you so much for providing us pinteresters with a reliable dessert recipe! I have made a few adjustments to the recipe…i use full fat plain greek yogurt (because the extra fat can only make it taste better!) and i use 4 bananas. I have also made this gluten free 3 times using bob’s red mill 1:1 baking mix, and made it full-gluten once. they were all just as delicious! 5 stars from me.

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Omg I am SO happy to hear that Nicole! Thank you! Glad to hear that gluten-free works well with this recipe. So pleased!

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Just want to comment here and say this is an excellent banana bread recipe! Light, soft and full of flavour! Thanks for such a great recipe – I’ll definitely be making this again 🙂
Ps. For anyone wondering I used full fat plain yogurt and a 1/2 cup sugar no problem.

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