Nutella Swirled Banana Bread Snack Cake

by Erin

Are any of you members of a gym? I am asking because even though I absolutely adore my gym (especially the group classes like Piyo and Spin), the fact that I have to call an entire month in advance if I want to freeze my account for a lower monthly rate is a bit much. Who starts planning everything they need to get done over a month before they go somewhere? Or maybe instead I should be wishing for a Lifetime Fitness near where I will be staying. Ugh, guess I’m going to be doing a lot of treadmill/outdoor running and DVD workouts.

But anyway… As I told you yesterday, I embarked on a journey through the land of Melt buttery spread for a week and this is the first of three recipes which I mentioned in the Melt Away Challenge post. It seems like I have a habit of swirling Nutella into banana-things, since it has been done before in a popular post of mine for Peanut Butter, Banana & Nutella Bars. But can you really blame me? It’s such a great addition. These cake bars can be eaten as a dessert, a snack or even breakfast if you ask me.

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Make 9 squares


1 egg

1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I used Melt)

1/3 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread

1/4 cup All-Bran cereal, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8ร—8 baking pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk egg and brown sugar until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and mashed bananas, mixing until combined. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing until the batter comes together. Add in melted butter and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Remove 1/2 cup of the batter and place in a small bowl. Add Nutella and blend until incorporated. Stir in the All-Bran cereal into the plain banana batter, if desired.
  4. Pour the plain batter into the baking pan. Drop Nutella-banana mixture on top by spoonfuls and swirl with a knife. Bake for 20 minutes, or until center is no longer jiggly and edges are golden. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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Kristina July 22, 2012 - 9:29 am

nutella and banana together is irresistible!! this snack cake look DELICIOUS! I can never say no to Nutella :) Yum!

Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 20, 2012 - 2:58 pm

This looks crazy good! Of course anything with nutella is a winner in my book! :)

christina @ oven adventures July 19, 2012 - 10:48 pm

i’m all about the snack cake. fabulous!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers July 19, 2012 - 9:58 pm

Oh man! What a great and healthy recipe!! This bread looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook July 19, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Ohhh my goood…share please? This looks so moist and delicious! And no, I’m not a member of a gym…mostly because I don’t want other people to witness my complete lack of coordination. Instead, I work out in the comfort of my home.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust July 19, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Oh gosh I love this. SO yummy! I go to the gym…but I’ve never frozen my account. I’d go nuts without it, lol.

Vicki @ WITK July 19, 2012 - 11:17 am

I’ve been a member (and instructor) at a few different gyms. I liked teaching at community centers and YMCAs the best. They always had the nicest people. I also taught at 24 hour fitness for 2 years and loved the number of classes and lots of gym equipment available. Just check out the website for the local gyms and see if they have good schedules. I’m also a fan of Golds, because they have all the Les Mills classes.

And yes, I would totally eat this cake for breakfast too :)

Living The Sweet Life July 19, 2012 - 10:13 am

Cake is always a good idea for snack – – add nutella and i’m sold ;) GREAT recipe Erin. I can’t wait to see the other recipes.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 19, 2012 - 9:33 am

Nutella is a winner every time, no matter what!
I haven’t been a member of a gym for years. I loved the one I was a part of, but they cancelled the day care. My son was 2 at the time, I NEEDED day care to go to the gym. I cancelled my membership the day I found out, but they wanted to charge me for an extra month because I cancelled my contract early. In the end I got my money back, but it took some work!

spiffycookie July 19, 2012 - 9:36 am

Ugh that’s awful! Thankfully they do month-by-month so if I wanted to cancel I could at any time.

Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 19, 2012 - 9:31 am

I agree with Sally, can’t go wrong with nutella and banana bread! My sister loves both of those, actually, so I bet she’d love it if I made this snack cake!

Kate July 19, 2012 - 8:20 am

we have a baby & me yoga DVD ready for you for labor day weekend!

spiffycookie July 19, 2012 - 8:27 am

I love it, let’s do it!

sally @ sallys bakingaddiction July 19, 2012 - 7:54 am

Erin, you can’t go wrong with nutella + banana bread!! I love that combination. This cake looks so wonderful.


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