Banana Nutella Muffins

9 Jul

Bananas are the only fruit I actively hope will go bad. As soon as brown speckles start appearing I get excited knowing that the larger they get, the sooner I will get to bake. When the peel becomes almost entirely black the protective skins effortlessly split open revealing sweet and mushy banana, I get out a fork and begin to mash. Normally, I make a soft loaf of banana bread, but it’s always nice to try something new. One simple rule about Nutella is this: Put it on everything. I cannot think of one treat that is not enhanced by Nutella and these muffins were no different. I made banana muffins and then placed a dollop of the chocolate-hazelnut spread on top and used a skewer to swirl it. The swirl took some practice but I found my technique eventually. On top of that, I placed two thin slices of a semi-ripe banana for aesthetic appeal. I liked that the Nutella was only on top because only certain bites contained it and it was a nice surprise when you got one. Try out these easy muffins for yourself next time your speckles start to show up on your bananas!

Banana Nutella Muffins

Banana Nutella Muffins
Adapted From: Sweet Pea’s Kitchen 

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
3 very ripe bananas, soft, darkly speckled, mashed well (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs, beaten lightly
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup Nutella
1  semi-ripe banana for decorative slices

-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 6-cup muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
-In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside
-In a medium bowl mix mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla
-Lightly fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with rubber spatula until just combined. Do not over-mix!
-Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
-Place 1 teaspoon of Nutella on top of each muffin. Swirl with a skewer or toothpick. Technique: start from center and drag Nutella outward, picking up skewer or toothpick between each stroke. Also, wipe tool clean between swirling each muffin.
-Place two thin banana slices on top of each muffin
-Bake until golden and toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, about 20 to 24 minutes.
-Do not let cool completely – eat while still warm! mmm (Makes 12 muffins)

Banana Nutella Muffins

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10 Responses to “Banana Nutella Muffins”

  1. ally July 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM #

    oh my… these look dangerously delicious! perfect!

  2. Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) July 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    these look AMAZING!!

  3. Jenny July 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

    Yum! These would make a naughty little breakfast!

    • Marta Godlewska July 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM #

      I just made them with a tiny change added soya milk and muesli didn’t have yogurt and omg they are so good that I cant believe I made them!!

      • BeccaBakes July 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM #

        @Marta yum! I might try a healthier version like you soon!

  4. R Taylor November 8, 2012 at 2:55 AM #

    It absolutely looks heavenly! What I like about the recipe is that it is simple and the ingredients can readily be found in your pantry! Thanks for sharing this recipe!


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