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Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins

A week ago while I was at Pinterest pinning stuff for some inspiration to get my Project Life moving, I came across a few banana bread, muffins and cake recipes. From the look of those photos, they look really good and I thought I’d give them a try myself.

So, I pinned those recipes onto my Food For Thoughts board, started gathering ingredients over last weekend and finally on Sunday morning, I decided to give it a go.

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I chose to try the Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins that I found from Pinterest, which looks pretty good and I’m hoping that it’ll turn out as good as it looks.

Well, I used to major in kitchen operation, which includes a full year of baking and cooking when I was in college doing my diploma in Hotel Catering and Management. I was one of the top scorer in baking and I think I can bake simple muffins even though I’ve not done so for ages!  Come on, how hard is it to bake muffins right? Even a child can do that! *laugh*

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Ethan was pretty excited to be involved as well. He loves any kind of hands-on activities, be it crafting, building or baking. I love his enthusiasm and energy when we get him to be part of our day to day activities.

As he grows older, he’s becoming very sensible, understands reasons without getting into a fit or argument (that wasn’t the case a few years ago) and have fun in everything he do. That’s the gist of all our activities. His energy is contagious and we do have a lot of fun doing everything together. 🙂

IMG_7336When the muffins came out hot from the oven, smelling so good and delicious, Ethan’s first remark was “They look ugly!”. *laugh* He’s so outrightly frank with his thoughts and I have to agree with him, the muffin top do look sort of ugly.

Ok, I think I used the incorrect fan setting and the heat is coming out from the top oven. I should have used the fan setting which will circulate the heat equally in the oven. Noted on this for my next try out.

Seriously, they do smell awfully good regardless of the look. The nutella spread blended into the browned muffins’ top, and the swirl can barely be seen. Very unlike how it looks from the picture from my pin in the Pinterest.

Well, I’m still hopeful that it’ll taste good. You really can’t judge a book just by looking at it’s cover, right?

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I took a big scoop, put it into my mouth, trying to feel the texture and taste. I could really taste the soft and evenly moistured mix of banana with a tinge of nutella. It was really good!

For someone like me who don’t have a sweet tooth, this muffin turned out perfect, with just the right amount of sweetness. The medium size bananas I bought was’t fully ripe and with the added 1/2 cup of castor sugar (replaced the granulated sugar) and removing the brown sugar, it turned out just right. If I were to get fully riped bananas and added brown sugar, they will turn out too sweet to my liking.

The banana taste was also not overwhelmed by the taste of nutella. Just pick up the nutella with a teaspoon, top it onto the batter mix, swirl it randomly with a toothpick and they’re good to go into the over.

 So, here’s my slightly modified version of the original recipe.

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 4 medium medium-ripe bananas, mashed
– 1/2 cup castor sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 cup vegetable/olive oil
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– nutella

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2) In a medium bowl, sieve and mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined. Set aside.

3) In large bowl, whisk together banana and sugar. Beat in egg, vegetable/olive oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps.

4) Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Top each muffin with about 1 teaspoon of Nutella and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter.

5) Bake muffins for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

And they’re ready to be served warm with a nice cup of tea or coffee! 🙂

Give this a try and let me know what you think.

I’ll be trying the Banana Bread recipe that I’ve pinned onto my board this weekend. If you have any nice recipe that you’ve pinned onto your Pinterest board, do share them with me and the other readers by including the link in the comment.

Have a great week ahead!

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