Banana Nutella Muffins

One year ago today I wrote my first post for this blog. When I started I really never thought anyone would read it. For a couple of months I was writing just for myself and the two other people I had told about the blog. Then I discovered Foodbuzz, and was introduced to a wide world of food bloggers. They were kind and supportive, and I like to think that some of the people I’ve “met” through Foodbuzz are my friends.

When I started writing the blog, I had a hard time coming up with what to say. What is it people want to read? Then I came across this quote:

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.  ~Cyril Connolly

It helped me realize that writing for some imaginary potential audience won’t work. This blog is a place for me to share my experiences with food, recipes I enjoy, and the occasional anecdote about my day. It’s an escape from the day to day more than anything else (sometimes I even write my posts while at work when I need to clear my head; sshh, don’t tell anyone!)

I’ve been fortunate enough to get a few subscribers and regular readers. I want to thank all of you for reading my ramblings and sharing your thoughts with me. Your comments are always very much appreciated!

My original plan was to remake the Amaretto Cheese Tart I wrote about in my first post. An unexpected condo visit on Sunday changed my plans. Instead I’m sharing these Banana Nutella Muffins with you. They seem fitting since muffins are probably the baked good I make the most.

I was hoping for more of a Nutella swirl look to them, but I over-mixed the batter and lost the swirl. It’s ok, they still taste great, and the Nutella drizzle on top completely makes up for the lack of swirl inside.

Don’t worry, I’ll make the tart soon!

Banana Nutella Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (anything but fat free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Nutella, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 ripe but firm banana for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Line a 12 cup muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flours, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the mashed banana, butter and egg together. Stir in the yogurt and vanilla.
  4. Mix the wet into the dry until just combined. Stir in the Nutella.
  5. Pour batter evenly into the prepared muffin tin. Top each muffin with thin slices of banana.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Once done, cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with Nutella.



49 thoughts on “Banana Nutella Muffins

  1. I love your view on writing. I share the same thoughts! And I would like to share these muffins too :) I think I could even just eat their tops!

  2. These muffins look divine! I have a chocolate hazelnut spread in my pantry that I’ve been eating with a spoon, but I might have to save some to bake these.

  3. One year goes by fast doesn’t it? I just recently passed the year marker myself. I am a new follower of yours, so I went back to your first entry, and I love that I now see the connection between your website address and the title of your blog. That’s a great movie!

    These muffins look so good! I love nutella. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi,
    Ive just arrived on WordPress. I travelled over from Windows Live Spaces. I was hoping to find a WordPress Blogger, with some nice Recipes to share, and your page looks Stunning! Thanks for sharing your wonderfull recipes, and the photography is Just great!
    mags x

  5. congratulations on your one year anniversary :)
    I loved the qoute..I’ve just started my food blog about a month ago and you just inspired me.
    I subscribed because I really loved your blog
    keep up the good work

  6. Thank you for bringing that quote to my attention. I’ve recently started blogging myself and feel the same way….’why would someone wnat to read this?”

    I’ve added this blog to my site of receipes….with your approval…. And congradulations on your first year!

  7. Congratulations on one year of blogging! Mine is coming up in a few months… that was fast. I love the combination of bananas and nutella! Your close-up picture is especially mouth-watering!

  8. I am so ridiculously proud of you! You write a terrific blog filled with tons of great recipes. Awesome job Lynn!

  9. Just made these. Turned out great. The muffiny texture from the whole wheat flour really hits the spot. I’m hoping my coworkers drool over these sexy muffins that I’m going to totally show off tomorrow.

    Thanks for posting such a great recipe!

  10. I just tried these muffins. I noticed there is no sugar in them, so I am wondering if it is missing from the recipe. The taste is passable, but nothing special and I used very, very ripe bananas.

    Please comment.

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