Bread, or cake?
I can't make up my mind! (So I'm just gonna call it loaf...)
But one thing for sure, it's pretty darn delicious!
Do you all know Nami? I'm sure many of you do! Nami is the author of Just One Cookbook and I'm a huge fan of her blog, because she features so many yummy recipes! I've bookmarked almost all her recipes, but decided to try this Nutella-Banana Cake for my friend who loves Nutella and bananas.
This is an incredibly easy, healthy, and delicious recipe.
Easy: no electric mixer is required at all - hooray!
Healthy: the sweetener of the loaf comes from the honey and the bananas - no sugar is used! And, no butter or oil is used as well, the fats of the loaf comes from the Nutella and the yogurt.
Delicious: hey, it's honey, bananas and Nutella all in one bake, how can it be not delicious? 😉
I love how soft and moist the loaf is... and the taste of honey and bananas really stood out with a slight hint of cinnamon. The crunchy almonds at the top provide an alternate texture, mmm...! Unfortunately, the taste of Nutella was not very strong, so I'm thinking I can try making a Nutella frosting in the future for a more decadent treat. 😉
Thank you, Nami, for sharing such a yummy recipe!
On to the step-by-step photos!
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together.
And no, it's cinnamon, not cocoa powder!
Measure Nutella and honey in a bowl.
I love measuring Nutella and honey... because I get to lick the spoons / cups after measuring. Yum!
Microwave / heat until the mixture has melted and can be mixed together into a smooth liquid.
Grab some bananas!
Mash it with a potato-masher, but I don't have one, so I used one of the beaters of my hand-mixer. Works very well!
In goes the yogurt (I substituted the yogurt for buttermilk).
And some lovely vanilla paste. You can use extract as well.
(But I'm so in love with vanilla paste, especially the tiny little vanilla seeds!)
An egg goes for a dive - mix everything together.
Pour in the velvety smooth Nutella-honey mixture.
I'm sure a kid would love to help you lick the bowl clean.
Sift in the flour and stir it in gently.
Pour the batter into a baking tin.
Sprinkle with some almond flakes.
The loaf will look incredibly pretty after baking.
Sprinkle on some brown sugar and bake away!
You'll get a lovely loaf like this - your whole kitchen will smell of honey too, yum!
Grab a slice, and enjoy!
I'm submitting this to Chaya's (Bizzy Bakes) Recipe Box #22.
- 215 grams all-purpose flour (1¾ cups)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 100 grams Nutella (⅓ cup)
- 170 grams honey (½ cup)
- 400 grams peeled and mashed bananas (1½ cups mashed; about 5 bananas)
- 125 grams yogurt, at room temperature (½ cup)
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract / vanilla paste
- 2 tablespoons almonds flakes
- 1½ teaspoons brown sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf tin and line the bottom with a greaseproof paper.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Combine the Nutella and honey in a medium bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds on high till the mixture has melted and is smooth. Alternatively, place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until the mixture has melted and is smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly.
- Combine the mashed bananas, yogurt, egg and vanilla in a large bowl with a wooden spoon then stir in the cooled Nutella-honey mixture. Sift in the flour mixture and stir it in gently. Transfer the batter into the greased tin and sprinkle the almond flakes and sugar evenly over the top of the batter.
- Bake the loaf for 50 to 60 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Tent the tin with aluminium foil if the top is getting too browned. (I tented mine after 40 minutes of baking, and continue baking the loaf for 20 more minutes.)
- Cool the loaf in the tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out and let the loaf cool completely on the wire rack before serving.
Super Naggy: This is a very simple recipe that does not require an electric mixer. Feel free to substitute buttermilk for the yogurt and replace the almonds with other nuts that you like. Do note that this loaf take a long time to bake, and the top tends to be burnt after 30 to 40 minutes of baking, so do remember to check the loaf after 30 minutes of baking. If the top starts to turn too brown, tent it with a foil to prevent it from getting burnt.