Slowly but surely, I’ve started to make some friends at my new job.
While I would love to credit my charm and wit for this, I highly suspect it has something to do with the fact that I baked three loaves of this bread in an effort to bribe people to like me.
So really, I can’t be sure who falls under the category of “friend” versus “random hungry person.” But for now, let’s just go ahead and make the sweeping assumption that we have all been united in a chocolate-banana-bread-loving kind of friendship. I hear that kind runs deep.
But whether you’re using it as bribery (like I did) or just sitting on the couch eating it in large quantities (like I totally would have if I had more friends), this bread is pretty fucking great. It’s like a brownie, if a brownie also tasted like banana bread. The cream cheese is already in it, too, which made deciding on a topping more difficult.
That is, until I looked at the mess of ingredients on my counter and asked myself:
Say, Laura – would you like some Nutella on your Nutella bread?
Why – yes. Yes, in fact, I would.
Yep. That was a good decision.
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Chocolate Chip Nutella Banana Bread with a Cream Cheese Swirl
For the bread
- ½ c butter, room temperature
- 3/4 c sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 c flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 c mashed banana
- ½ c sour cream
- ½ c Nutella
- 1 1/2 c chocolate chips
For the cream cheese swirl
- 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour loaf pan. Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer). Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Add vanilla, mix. Add in Nutella, mix. Mix in banana and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt. Add to wet ingredients, and combine until just barely mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.
Prepare the cream cheese swirl by beating together cream cheese and egg.
Fill loaf pan with half the batter. Spoon cream cheese swirl on top, stirring slightly with a spoon. Layer with other half of batter on top. Bake for about an hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.