Banana & Nutella Swirl Muffins

I had some overly ripe bananas which I didn’t have the heart to throw away… but then I remembered I had a brand new jar of Nutella sitting in my cupboard… and we all know how these two were always meant to be together.

So I found a recipe online on a blog called The Novice Chef which only required ingredients I already had in my cupboard, so what followed next was pure magic!

Ingredients (makes approx. 15 muffins):
3 large over-ripe Bananas, mashed
1/2 cup (112g) Golden Caster sugar
1/2 cup (112g) Brown Sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 cups (250g) Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
Nutella (approx 30 teaspoons)

1) Pre-heat oven to gas mark 4 or 180•C. In a large bowl, combine the bananas, golden caster sugar and brown sugar.

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2) In a separate small bowl, lightly beat the egg, oil and vanilla.IMG_02663) Add the egg mixture to the large bowl and whisk until combined.

IMG_0270 4) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and give it a mix with a spoon.IMG_02655) Add the flour to the banana and egg mixture and whisk.
IMG_02726) I wanted to make sure there was an even distribution of Nutella throughout the muffin, so I did this in 2 stages. Firstly, fill the muffin cases halfway and add 1 teaspoon of Nutella and use a cocktail stick or skewer to swirl it around – it doesn’t have to be neat!

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7) Then top it up with more of the batter to fill the case 3/4 way up and add another teaspoon of Nutella and do more swirling, but this time do it nicely, as you will be able to see the swirl effect once baked.IMG_0291

8) Bake for approximately 15-20 mins depending on your oven and ENJOY this banana, chocolate, hazelnutty goodness!IMG_0323

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