A delicious hazelnut, choc chip banana bread

I have to admit to being a bit out of sorts lately, who knew a house move could be so stressful? Well I should have known, it’s the third move we’ve done in three years but because we have downsized so drastically (again) I think it was extra hard, especially when I was doing it mainly on my own. Anyway we are in and I’m in recovery…we absolutely love where we have moved to, after ten years of rural and then semi rural living we are making the most of the cafes, train station (still pinch myself that I can walk there in 3 minutes) take-aways that deliver!!! That’s a thing? Oh and not forgetting the park that is 30 seconds from our house and M can whizz at about 30 mph around on his scooter. The house? Hmmm, it’s a challenge, only because there are soooo many of us but at least we have a roof over our head, so every cloud…

Easy banana bread recipe

Anyway, I now have a teeny tiny oven…and it is gas, I haven’t cooked with a gas oven since a child and to be honest it still scares me a bit. And whilst it has passedย  briefly through my mind to try and bake something, to be frank I’ve literally not had the energy or inclination.

Easy peasy hazelnut, choc chip banana bread

Cue four very black bananas that were staring at me… I kept ignoring them but they kept staring back, and then eventually they started wafting a smell my way too. But yesterday it was a case of use them to make something, anything…or *gasp* throw them away! Which just seemed evil…two of them made it into a smoothie, easy, apart from me falling up the stairs holding one smoothie for studying teen which resulted in smoothie up the wall, all up the stairs, the floor below, my hair, my clothes. The other two met their match in a hazelnut, chocolate chip banana bread, super moist, really tasty and very easy to make.

Hazelnut, chocolate chip banana bread recipe

Hazelnut, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 140g self raising flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 140g soft butter (or stork)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 50g chopped hazelnuts (I blitzed whole ones in a blender to keep them quite chunky)
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Icing sugar to finish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ยบC/ gas mark 4
  2. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy
  4. Add the eggs to the mixture with a little flour and beat in
  5. Fold in the flour and baking powder
  6. Mix the banana, hazelnuts, chocolate chips and vanilla extract together and gently add to the mixture and combine well
  7. Put the mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 45-60 minutes
  8. Banana bread can be very slow to cook so use a skewer to check if it is cooked through
  9. Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with some icing sugar
  10. Eat for breakfast, lunch or tea...or just because...

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

A deliciously quick & easy banana bread recipe

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17 thoughts on “Hazelnut, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  1. Mmmm that’s so yummy. Thanks for sharing this banana bread recipe. Do you know Kitchen Trotter? That’s the best way to taste the World! With a different country featured each month in the Kitchen Trotter kit, you will have the opportunity to discover and try your hand at cuisines from all around the world… http://www.kitchentrotter.co.uk/

    Posted on October 9, 2015 at 11:28 am
  2. This looks absolutely heavenly. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it

    Posted on July 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm
    1. Thanks so much, I hope you liked it.

      Posted on August 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm
  3. this banana bread looks delicious, I bet the hazelnuts and choc chip add a lovely extra dimension. I don’t blame you for not baking after a house move, so stressful. Also gas ovens are indeed scary!

    Posted on June 16, 2015 at 3:19 pm
    1. That’s very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted on June 16, 2015 at 7:54 pm
  4. Oh my goodness Nova, three moves in three years, that sound immensely stressful. Good luck with your new house. At least you sound very happy about where you live. Ours is way too small and there are only two of us. Really feel for you on the smoothie over the stairs – not what you want at all. Luckily the banana bread came up trumps!

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm
  5. Laughing at your smoothie up the walls – banana smoothie is so flipping sticky too. Hope it all washed of ok!

    Im not craving any form of banana bread / cake. Wonder where I can get some old bananas…. they never last in our house!

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm
  6. This looks amazing! I’m always looking for ways to use bananas up ๐Ÿ™‚ x x

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  7. Love banana bread! Great way to use up over-ripe bananas. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:27 am
  8. Ooh that looks delicious, could just eat a slice right now! But smoothie everywhere, argh! x

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:58 am
    1. I know…I’m still finding it in places! Urghhh

      Posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:09 am
  9. That looks a great recipe. I know what you mean about having to be in the mood to bake though. Hope you settle into your new home.

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:38 am
    1. Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:08 am
  10. I just love banana cakes and there can never be too many recipes for them – this one looks totally delicious and love the addition of hazelnuts and chocolate:-)

    Posted on June 8, 2015 at 10:29 am
    1. Thanks very much Camilla ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:08 am
  11. Oh wow that looks amazing! But smoothie everywhere and a stressful house move does not :(. So lovely to see you today. Hope you get home safely.

    Posted on June 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm
    1. Thank you very much, was great to catch up. X

      Posted on June 8, 2015 at 11:08 am