Nutella swirled chocolate chunk banana muffins

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Mmmmmmm, Nutella. How I love thee. There can’t be a sweet baked good in the world that couldn’t be improved with the addition of Nutella, don’t you think? I’ll let you in on a secret..recently I made little Nutella brioche twists…and oh my good God. They were out of this world yummy. They disappeared so fast I didn’t even get a chance to photograph them. I will be making them again soon – if I have an army to feed. They are way too dangerous to have hanging around the house.

Luckily for my hips, my boys are huge banana muffin fans so I can’t see these hanging around for very long either. Sometimes I make these in my mini muffin tins and freeze a few (pop them in the microwave on the defrost setting for a minute or so and they’ll be perfect.)

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These muffins are based on Nigella Lawson’s banana butterscotch muffin recipe from “Nigella Express.”

Nutella swirled chocolate chunk banana muffins
Makes 12 large or 24 mini muffins

250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
125ml vegetable oil
3 bananas, mashed
100g chocolate chunks/chips
75g Nutella – if your Nutella is quite stiff you may need to soften it slightly – I gently warmed it up in a saucepan. It made it much easier to swirl into the batter.

Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases. 

Place the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.

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Measure out the oil in a jug, add the vanilla eggs and crack in the eggs. Stir together.

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Pour this oily mixture into the dry ingredients and very lightly stir to mix. Add the bananas and the chocolate chips. Don’t beat -  just lightly stir! Over mixing wil give you tough muffins. When all the ingredients are just combined, stop.

Spoon the mixture into your muffin cases. Place a blob (for want of a better word!) of Nutella on top of the batter. Using a table knife, lightly swirl through the mixture until you have a marbled effect.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until well risen and the muffins spring back when lightly pressed. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly before serving to your lucky family and friends!

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