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Two Peas and Their Pod: Mini Banana Cupcakes with a Nutella Swirl

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mini Banana Cupcakes with a Nutella Swirl

I love sweet treats. I usually eat really healthy, but put a dessert in my vicinity and I am in trouble:) Teanna, from Spork or Foon always entices me with her amazing photos of sinfully delicious baked goods. When I saw her Self Frosted Cupcakes, I knew I had to try them.

I heart Nutella. I could eat it by the spoonful. I try not to buy it because Josh is allergic and I really don't need it. After reading Teanna's post, I decided it was time for a splurge.

I love bananas and nutella together, so I thought I would try a little spin off from the Self Frosted Cupcakes. I made a banana cupcake with a Nutella swirl. I also made them in my mini muffin pan, for cuteness factor and portion control.:) I thought swirling the Nutella would be a pain in the rear, but it was kind of fun! I used a toothpick to do the trick.

They turned out really cute, but I am not sure if I should call them cupcakes. They had more of a muffin texture. They were moist and dense, not light and fluffy like I was hoping. They were still really good, just not what I was going for.

The banana and Nutella flavor was right on though. I think I will look for a different cupcake recipe to try them with....or maybe use a regular pan to see if that helps the texture. They were really good, just think muffin instead of cupcake. :)

Mini Banana Cupcakes (Muffins) with a Nutella Swirl
Adapted from EveryDay Food and Spork or Foon

(Printable Recipe)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Jar of Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
  3. With a toothpick swirl in the Nutella, about a ½ teaspoon each.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.

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Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

NUTELLA SWIRL?!?!??!?! Pure bliss.

5:18 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

This looks like the absolute perfect breakfast, or lunch or justa snack. SO delicious, I bet its wonderful with the nutella!

5:34 AM  
Blogger The Purple Carrot said...

Haha, I'm right there with you ... put sweets in my path and I'm in trouble!!

Ha, and I would defintely be in trouble with those, that sound like a perfect combination. Definitely a good splurging choice!

5:49 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

It sounds great, but I honestly have never (YET) had nutella!! Am I nuts, or should I just stay away?

6:05 AM  
Blogger Kristen616 said...

You had me at Nutella! These look awesome, I'll definitely have to be trying them (and soon!)

6:05 AM  
Blogger Marthe said...

O wow, your cuppies look sooo cute and tasty too!!!

6:05 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

So cute--and they look so delicious!

6:06 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks everyone. I really liked them I am just torn if they are a cupcake or a muffin:)

Recipegirl-I can't believe you haven't had Nutella! You must try it, but be careful, it is dangerous..ha!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

These look delicious and so cute with the swirl running through. I just posted a fabulous (rated 10 out of 10) chocolate cinnamon swirl muffin on my blog. It has the texture you are looking for and the flavors are divine. I used my "coffee essence."

6:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, those look so good!! I've never had Nutella either but these might be worth a shot.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

ohh. i just adore nutella, the combo of nutella and banana is just classic and wonderful!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

these look fabulous! and since they are mini it is okay to enjoy, right? Great idea, Maria!

7:17 AM  
Blogger CookingCourtney said...

they look so good.
nutella is THE best!

7:23 AM  
Blogger Cristine said...

HA HA! I just ate Nutella on a spoon about an hour ago!!! :) I will be making these soon! And since I can call them muffins that means I can have them for breakfast! :)

7:53 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

They looks so pretty. I really need to try Nutella!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

They look gorgeous, Maria!!! Sorry you weren't a fan of the cupcake part... I actually thought I'd like to try a different cupcake recipe with these as well, but realized I failed to write that in my blog post! Eek! Sorry!!! Either way, they look SOOO GOOD!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Not only cute, but I'll bet delicious as well. Nutella is a favorite here.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look so adorable and delicious! Love the swirl.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

These are so cute!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Daziano said...

YUM!!! Nutella is SO good!!!

8:31 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I love anything with Nutella - these look amazing!

I'm going to try your whole wheat pizza dough recipe this weekend and I'm already looking forward to it!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yum. I have been a little obsessed with banana muffins lately, so I will have to try this out.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Maria♥ said...

These sound and look so good. I love nutella too and best way to eat it is by the spoonful!


8:55 AM  
Blogger Not Another Omnivore said...

Nutella is so good. So, so good. I found a vegan recipe for it I've been meaning to try but have yet to get around to...

Did you see Closet Cooking earlier in the week? Kevin featured an open faced Nutella/Banana sandwich that looked beautiful!


9:01 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I can't believe some of you haven't tried Nutella, get moving and open a jar:)

Teanna-Thanks again for the inspiration! Love your blog!

Kerstin-Good luck with the pizza. Let me know how it goes!

NAOmi-Let me know if you make your own Nutella, sounds interesting. I did see Kevin's post, he always has something good to eat:)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, what a treat! These cupcakes look wonderful!



9:10 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Banana and there's a match made in heaven! wow.

9:15 AM  
Blogger MacDuff said...

Giada has this nutella recipe where she puts a spoonful in some wonton wrappers and fries them. I've seen her do it twice, and both times I was gripping the couch, screaming "OH!!! YES!!!!! OH GOD YES!!!!" at the television.

You could throw in some walnuts and make these into a variation on the banana chip muffins. Bet you $5 you could sell them - people would love to buy something other than chocolate!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

They look great and I'm all about the banana as well as LOVE Nutella. Sorry it wasn't totally what you wanted, but Nutella seems to be better when it's not baked into things--just in my opinion. Still--delish! in my book.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Dewi said...

Maria, these cupcakes are beutiful, I can not resist!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

MacDuff-I have seen her make those fried raviolis. I want to make those as well! Thanks for the ideas!

Katrina-They were good, just not the cupcake texture/flavor I was going for. I should of known the bananas would make it more moist/dense. Oh well. Still a good treat!


9:29 AM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

Those look amazing! I agree about banana and nutella -- I made similar muffins not too long ago (though yours are much prettier!):


9:36 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Cookie Pie-Thanks for the link. I will check them out!

9:40 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

I've made the nutella swirled cupcakes before and they were delicious. Making a nutella swirl with banana cupcakes sounds even better. I love the mins.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Love bananas and I love Nutella. What a great looking muffin!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Finla said...

Wow jus tthe thought of having one of those delicous nutelle cupcake makes me drool.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Culinary Wannabe said...

This would be great in like a little mini-loaf version (to keep the cuteness factor going!). I just posted a banana bread today too - but I'm jealous cause mine certainly doesn't have nutella!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

I think I've told you that Josh LOVES nutella- these would be his idea of heaven! I will have to keep them in mind for a special occasion!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...


10:34 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Thos elook fantastic, I love Nutella!

10:35 AM  
Blogger Pearl said...

oh my goodness. that's all i can say.

is it OK if i add you to my blogroll?

10:38 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

I have never tried Nutella...have heard all about it, but have never tasted it. I think your muffins/cupcakes look so good. I have to agree with the sweet issue..I have to get them out of the house fast. I love to bake so it's a problem!

10:45 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

those look tasty even to this non-banana person!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

You had me at Nutella...oh my. These look awesome!!

12:11 PM  
Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

mini, so you can eat more. you won't believe this, but I have yet to make anything with nutella (besides toast). Banana and nutella are so good together.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I love those little muffin pan. It's hard to resist and thing that pops out of them.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Deb in Hawaii said...

I have some overripe bananas to use up and these look amazing. I may have to indulge too!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Allie said...

I'm on a nutella kick right now so this is perfect!!

12:59 PM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

Oh, I love nutella! I eat it by the spoonful. :) Mini cupcakes sounds great!

1:28 PM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I'm am still impressed. And hungry.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

I can't be trusted with Nutella. I eat it with a spoon...until it's gone and my tummy is hurting. These look so good!!

Bananas + Nutella = Heaven!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I know a little girl who would just love these! I'll send her mom to your blog. Oh, I made your stuffed portabellos the other night and blogged about it! Yummy :)

3:26 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love nutella and these look so good!

4:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

nutella and bananas?? oooh my.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

I bought nutellsa for the first time this week when we went for groceries, now I can make these!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Selba said...

Banana and Nutella? Love both of them... Yummm...

6:21 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Cannot go wrong with THAT flavor combination! I will think of them in muffins and bask in breakfast heaven!

6:55 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Awesome idea adding the Nutella. They look adorable and tasty!!!!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

I don't have nutella because I eat it by the spoonful too! Maybe if you creamed the butter, they will taste more like a cupcake. Since the amount of butter to flour is essentially a cupcake recipe.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Shobana senthilkumar said...

This sounds completely new to me...must give a try:)

12:48 AM  
Blogger Veron said...

ooohhh...nutella on banana cupcakes...sounds delicious!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

These are totally precious!! You have to indugle and buy yourself nutella every now and then...and hey, if you eat a spoonful here and there, I won't tell. (In fact, I'll grab a spoon and eat some with you.)

7:30 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

I didnt read the entire post but I bookmarked it the minute i saw the word Nutells :)

8:18 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Yum! I had never thought of adding a Nutella swirl to muffins. Brilliant! :) I've never been a huge fan of banana muffins, but that extra touch might just convert me.

3:12 PM  
Blogger How To Eat A Cupcake said...

This reminds me of when I was in Greece, there were crepe carts everywhere and the most popular flavor was bananas with Nutella. Mmmm they look SOO good! :D

3:32 PM  
Blogger grace said...

i have to agree, maria--chocolate and nanners are good, but nutella and nanners are practically unbeatable. lovely mini masterpieces. :)

6:07 AM  
Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

My daughter is eyeballing these and would love me to make them soon. They look so yummy!

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Two of my favorite things - Nutella nd banana cake. (If I could choose how I wanted to die, it would be with a spoon and as many jars of Nutella it would take to kill me). I love these!

4:46 AM  
Blogger A said...

Oh good lord. Nutella is amazing. Coupled with bananas? Sinful!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

You know those sound & look fabulous. Love the idea of banana and nutella. I made those self frosting nutella cupcakes and was disappointed. Mine were on the dry side and not alot of flavor if you didn't have a bite of the nutella. Of course the cake top with all the nutella was wonderful!

I'm gonna give this a try...I'm okay with muffins.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

banana and nutella, lovely combination

4:26 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I made 'em....they are amazing. Posted 'em on my site too...thank you so very much for this new fave of mine. I can't wait to use it as my go to breakfast/ desert for guests!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Where have I been. These look delicious!!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I ADORE the Nutella swirled in!!! Yum!!

11:12 AM  

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