A banana plant in a forest of olive trees

Finally our banana plant has found the right spot to grow: in between 2 olive trees, sheltered from the wind but in full sun. It did take us a while finding the best place  but now that we found it, the banana is growing fast. Normally it takes about 9 months to grow up and produce a bunch of bananas. What about that! This would mean next year we’ll be having some bananas 🙂 . As they do best when planted in groups rather than as single specimens hopefully around the base of this one, soon we’ll see some little baby plants pop-up. 

A banana plant; In Puglia in vacanza

This way Tarzan & Jane of Pellegrino can swing through their jungle of banana plants and olive trees harvesting the bananas necessary for preparing a delicious banana bread 😉 


  • 220 grams of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 140 grams of sugar
  • 10 grams of vanilla sugar
  • 115 grams of butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 225 grams of mashed very ripe bananas, about 2-3 large bananas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 80 grams of Nutella
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Heat the oven to 175°C. Grease a 23 x 12.5-cm loaf pan with butter or line with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the mashed bananas and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture until combined.  Do not overmix.
  • In a bowl mix half of the cake batter together with the Nutella.
  • Spoon the plain batter and Nutella batter alternately into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for about 50 minutes. Test whether the bread is cooked, when a cake tester comes out clean the banana bread is cooked. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then remove the loaf from the pan and set on the wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!

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