Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Whether it’s a relaxed afternoon tea or surprise treat, there’s no sweeter way to say “I love you, Mom” than with something homemade.

This Mother’s Day I had originally planned to make my mom a chocolate cake, but the other day she mentioned in passing that she gobbled up tried some of the banana walnut bread I had recently baked, and loved it.

I decided to bake a fresh loaf for her, but added two of her favorite ingredients: hazelnuts and dark chocolate.

Banana Walnut Bread (top) & Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (bottom)

The original Banana Walnut Bread recipe calls for 1 cup chopped walnuts. Simply replace them with 2/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts and 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips. I used Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips.

I also sliced some extra banana I had and shingled it on top of the batter for decoration before putting the loaves in the oven to bake.

Hope you (and your mom) enjoy this recipe. Mine did!

Mother’s Day coffee, gelato and banana bread with my mom

To the woman who has shaped the person I have become, what else can I say except: I love you more.