Make Believe

Sometimes I pretend to be healthy.


I buy bananas at the grocery store and promise myself I will eat them everyday as a healthy snack. Somehow a week and a half passes and the bananas still sit untouched on my kitchen table. I forgot I had them, okay?!


In order to be as resourceful as possible, I of course do not want to throw these mushy-almost-completely-black bananas in the trash. How convenient – time for some banana bread! And not just any banana bread, I’m talking peanut butter banana bread studded with chopped Reese cups and semi-sweet chocolate chips and topped with – wait for it – Nutella.


If you accused me of buying these bananas for the sole purpose of making this heavenly banana bread – I would not be able to deny it. But everyone can play make believe every once in a while…right?



Nutella Swirled Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Adapted from: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Yields: 1 loaf pan


3 very ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1.5 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 regular sized Reese cups – chopped

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3 heaping tablespoons Nutella


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the first 6 ingredients. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

3. Add all the dry ingredients to the banana/peanut butter mixture. Mix until JUST INCORPORATED – it is imperative not to overmix in this step.

4. Add the chopped Reese cups and chocolate chips. Stir until all the chocolate has been incorporated.

5. Spread banana bread mixture (which will be very thick) into your prepared loaf pan. Top the mixture evenly with the 3 tablespoons of Nutella. Using a knife, swirl the Nutella into the banana mixture.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inseted into the middle comes out clean.

7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan. Gently remove bread from pan and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy!


Happy Make Believing!


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