Banana Nutella Muffins

by Jo

banana and nutella muffins

Super-Easy Banana and Nutella Muffins Recipe


Banana Nutella muffins seem to be something of a celebrity in the food blogging world. They’ve done the rounds from The Londoner to fellow food blogging friend The Bun Fight, all with great looking results. Curiosity finally got the better of me so I thought I’d try them out myself! I chose Father’s day as the occasion because I wanted to make my dear old dad something personal. Also one of my favourite stories from him as a child was how he used to call Nutella, ‘Yodel’. How cute?

nutella muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 230g self-raising flour
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 110g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • Nutella

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix the eggs, vanilla, butter and bananas together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, sugar & salt. Add this to the wet ingredients and fold. An important step it seems is so make sure your mixture is still lumpy, I didn’t mash my bananas too much so there were still little chunks here and there.

Cake batter

The mix is super thick and fluffy, plonk it into silicon moulds or cupcake cases. Here comes the fun part! spoon a little dollop of Nutella into the centre of the mixture and using a chopstick/cocktail stick/skewer, swirl it around! Not too much or they’ll be chocolate all over: you want that marble effect.

Cake batter in silicon muffin tray

Into the oven they go for 20-25 mins. When you open the door to take them out the smell is going to blow. Your. Mind.

Banana nutella muffin

The muffins have this wonderfully crunchy topping, especially where the cracks of Nutella show. Underneath they’re light and moist.

Finished banana and nutella muffins

Banana and nutella muffin recipe

The ones with the really thick swirls work the best; you get an incredible contrast between intense banana flavour and rich gooey chocolate.

Muffin cross-section

Banana nutella swirl muffins

banana and nutella muffins

These muffins are just ridiculously good. Such a simple idea but so impressive! Eat them warm for those streaks of melted nutella… heaven! If you’d like to check out a healthier muffin recipe, have a look at my Power Muffins!

Recipe Overview

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5 from 2 votes

Banana Nutella Muffins

A simple and delicious banana nutella muffin recipe that your friends and family will love.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, banana nutella muffins, muffins, nutella
Servings: 6 muffins
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Jo
Cost: £3

Equipment

  • Muffin tin
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients

  • 230 grams self-raising flour
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 110 grams butter (unsalted)
  • 6 tsp nutella
  • 3 bananas (mashed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 0.5 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C (360F).
  • Add eggs, vanilla, butter and mashed bananas to a mixing bowl and combine.
  • Mix flour, sugar and salt in a different mixing bowl.
  • Add flour mixture to the wet mixture, and gently fold in. Mixture should be fully combined but still lumpy.
  • Pour mixture in to greased muffin tin (or cupcake cases).
  • Drop a teaspoon of nutella in to the centre of each muffin mixture, and gently swirl with a chopstick or skewer (or anything thin).
  • Don't overmix as you want to see the nutella swirled, rather than fully-combined.
  • Put muffins in over for 20 to 25 minutes until fully cooked.

FAQs

What is a good substitute for Nutella?

Any chocolate or hazelnut spread should be able to replace the nutella in this recipe. If you’re in the UK, Meridian Hazelnut & Cocoa Butter would work well, or Cadbury Smooth Chocolate Spread. Most supermarkets also do their own versions. If you’re in North America, Hershey’s and other brands do their own chocolate spreads. One of the most popular is Barefoot and Chocolate Hazelnut and Chocolate Spread.

Can I use a healthy alternative instead of Nutella?

There’s a simple way to make a delicious nutella alternative that has half the calories, and can be used in this muffin recipe. This 10 minute healthy nutella recipe by Chocolate Covered Katie shows you how.

How ripe should the bananas be?

For this recipe, the riper the better! A lot of the sweetness in the muffins comes from the mashed bananas, so you should avoid bananas that are still green. The riper the banana, the better they’ll mash, and the more naturally sweet they’ll be.

Can I use vanilla essence instead of vanilla extract?

Vanilla extract is usually a natural product made from real vanilla pods. Vanilla essence is usually a synthetic vanilla flavouring, which is cheaper and can taste more artificial in baking. I’d recommend using vanilla extract over essence, or you can use fresh vanilla pods, although this is the most expensive option.

How long do the muffins keep?

The muffins are best eaten on the same day. Because they contain fresh fruit, any that aren’t eaten on the same day should be stored in the fridge, and should be good for 2 or 3 more days. The fridge will sometimes dry out baked goods, so it’s best to eat these when they’re fresh.

5 comments

Shaz June 17, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Thanks for the shout out! Love these muffins!

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Peter December 24, 2019 - 10:38 pm

5 stars
Very simple but rewarding recipe. I also added chocolate chips.

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Peter January 3, 2020 - 2:42 pm

5 stars
We had some very ripe bananas, that needed using, so we made these for our kids today. They went down a treat!

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Kirsty Old April 14, 2020 - 10:22 am

The recipe says to add eggs but eggs are on the ingredients list?! I used 2….

Also should the butter be melted? Mine ended up with big lumps of butter which spilled over when cooking and made the cake cases very greasy.

Found the Nutella hard to swirl into the mix might warm it up next time.

Nevertheless they came out lovely! Please just update the recipe a little 😊

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