the ultimate banana bread

If I had a daughter her middle name would be Nutella.  Pretty, don’t you think?  I’ve had a long obsession with this delicious spread.  (In college, my roommates had to hide it from me.)  It is the perfect complement to nearly anything, especially banana bread.  So of course I had to use aging bananas for a baked good bliss moment considering I had Nutella on hand last week (don’t tell my roommates).  The secret to the ultimate banana bread is in shredded coconut and sour cream which creates a moist texture but doesn’t take away from the banana flavor.


Two cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
One teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup + two tablespoons packed light brown sugar
Two eggs
One teaspoon vanilla extract
One cup sour cream
Four ripe bananas
One cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup shredded coconut

{The key to banana bread is using nealry brown, gross-looking bananas.  To start, preheat oven to 35o°.  Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and spices in a medium bowl.  Set aside.  Toast pecans for ten minutes and let cool.}

{Beat butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar until fluffy.  Add in eggs.  Mix in vanilla extract and then the sour cream.  In a separate bowl, mash all the bananas together and then combine in the mixture.}

{Combine the flour mix with the banana mixture.  Stir in the coconut and pecans.}

{Pour the batter into a pre-greased baking pan of your choice and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar (it makes for the crispest and tastiest top).  This recipe creates a lot of batter that will make most loaf pans overflow when baking, which is why I used this cake pan.  Plus, it looks like a giant doughnut.  Amazing.}

{Bake for 50 minutes.  Don’t forget the Nutella!}


  1. incredible. i must make this!

  2. Rachel Wullbrandt says:

    Oh my gosh! That banana bread looks amazing! I will have to try your recipe. BTW I love your blog! You always have great advice and fabulous recipes. Keep it coming!

  3. Rachel Wullbrandt says:

    Oh and I share your love of Nutella. It is my biggest weakness. I love to make a toasted peanut butter and Nutella sandwich! When the toast is still warm, spread peanut butter on one slice of toast and lots of Nutella on the other slice of toast. Sandwich it together… It’s amazing!! Also, Nutella is great an rice cakes. The possibilities are endless!

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