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Going no-frills for World Nutella Day

Muffins

I had imagined all manners of extravagance for my first World Nutella Day offering, and even though what I have cooked up today is rather simple, it is in no way plain in flavour. And quite frankly, if this is the sort of breakfast one wakes up to everyday, perhaps even the late risers would pull in a little more effort to wake up early, if only to ensure they get their fair share.

Nutella has a fairly distinct flavour on its own, I think. And although my previous post contains too little Nutella to qualify it for World Nutella Day, the Nutella taste still reverberates especially when you bite in the middle portion. For this muffin, the oats, bananas and Nutella work so well together that these different flavours can’t help but tickle the tastebuds.

how to eat

If you’re a big fan of the spread, aside from having it mixed into the muffin batter, you can also spread it as a topping, or you know, slather it on as you eat the muffin for an extra dose of hazelnut-chocolate flavour.

If you look at it carefully, these muffins are actually filled with some breakfast staples such as oats and bananas, making for a fairly well-rounded breakfast delight. The addition of Nutella gives a new twist to what would have been a fairly common breakfast flavour combination. The muffins are ever so fragrant because of the bananas, with a slightly firm chewiness coming from the oats, tied together by the burst of sweet Nutella flavour.

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Banana Nutella Oat Muffins
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Yields 16
For this muffin, the oats, bananas and Nutella work so well together that these different flavours can’t help but tickle the tastebuds.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *
  2. 1 cup oat bran or quick cooking oats
  3. 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  8. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup banana, mashed (about 2 medium bananas)
  12. 6 tablespoons Nutella
  13. 1 cup buttermilk **
  14. Nutella, additional for filling and/or topping
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, bran (or oats), cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. dry and wet prettiness
  4. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, brown sugar, eggs, mashed banana, Nutella and buttermilk until very smooth, making sure all the eggs have been well-incorporated.
  5. 4. Pour into flour mixture. Stir just until no streaks of flour remain and mixture remains slightly lumpy.
  6. 5. Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin, filling each just about up to the top. (If desired, add 1 to 2 teaspoons Nutella to each muffin cup and swirl in with a toothpick.)
  7. 6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.
  8. mixing and baking
  9. 7. Remove muffins from tin and cool on a wire rack before serving. Store in an airtight container when cool. Top and/or serve with additional Nutella.
Notes
  1. * You can substitute 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour for 1/2 cup of the all-purpose flour.
  2. ** No buttermilk? No problem! Learn how to make homemade buttermilk here. It just takes two household staples.
Adapted from Baking Bites blog
Adapted from Baking Bites blog
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Admittedly, my favourite Nutella recipe thus far remains to be these scrumptious Nutella Biscotti I made some months back. And as much as I wish I had a little more time to think through what I wanted to make for this year to top that one, I do not regret making these delicious muffins one bit.

You can check out this site to see other bloggers who are celebrating World Nutella Day too! 🙂

2 Comments on “Going no-frills for World Nutella Day

  1. Now, those look absolutely incredible. I adore the colour – brown photographs so well, hence my brown table and chopping board :D. I’ve no idea why there is a need for a world nutella day, however it is a good marketing strategy and a treat for my eyes :D. Unfortunately we have none in stock and I am refusing to leave the house today.

    1. I agree, it is an excellent marketing strategy! There has been an impressive involvement among bloggers lately, with Nutella being baked into all sorts of fun pastries. I couldn’t help but try some of them out as they do look scrumptious in the photos! Must be the colour, as you mentioned. 🙂

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