February 5th is World Nutella Day. According to Nutella, World Nutella Day was started in 2007 by blogger Sara Rosso. In honor of the 15th celebration of World Nutella Day, I’m sharing these small batch Nutella swirled banana muffins. This recipe makes four delicious muffins. It is the perfect recipe if you have a lone over ripe banana sitting in the fruit bowl!
Small batch Nutella swirled banana muffin ingredients
If you have Nutella in your pantry, chances are you already have all the ingredients you need to whip up a batch of these muffins.
- Over ripe banana
- Granulated sugar
- Canola or vegetable oil
- Vanilla extract
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Nutella (the star ingredient!)
Over ripe banana
If your house is anything like mine, there always seem to one banana from the bunch that sits a little too long. These bananas are perfect for making these muffins! The riper the banana the sweeter the muffins will be. You definitely want the skin of the banana to have a decent amount of black patches for this recipe. If you don’t happen to have a ripe enough banana on hand never fear, Epicurious has the solution. According to this article placing your banana in a 250°F oven for 15-20 minutes will make it perfectly ripe for use in baking recipes.
No granulated sugar on hand? No worries! The sugar in this recipe can be substituted for brown sugar at a 1:1 ratio. Brown sugar does contain slightly more moisture than white sugar. As a result the baking time may be increased by a minute or two for this recipe. Because the amount of sugar in this recipe is on the low side the texture and moisture of the muffin will not be impacted.
Canola or vegetable oil
The purpose of the oil in the recipe is to add moisture. If you do not have either of these on hand there are a few substitutes that can be use. Both grape seed and sunflower oils are great options. They both have a neutral in taste similar to canola and vegetable oil. The next best option is melted, unsalted butter.
Baking Powder and Baking Soda
Both are leavening agents that contribute to the rise of the muffins. While both contain sodium bicarbonate, they not the same. Baking soda requires the addition of acid in order to initiate the leavening process. On the other hand, baking powder already contains acid and only requires moisture to activate the leavening process. As this recipe does not contain any acidic ingredients such as buttermilk, yogurt or molasses subbing baking soda for baking powder would not work. However, if you happen to be out of baking soda you can sub this for 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder (1 1/4 teaspoons total).
Making the Nutella swirled banana muffins
This recipe is awesome as it only requires one bowl. If you have been around long enough you will know dishes are my LEAST favorite household chore. I don’t know why, but they are SO tedious to me. Never-the-less, this recipe does not contribute to that problem.
First, mash the banana well in a medium bowl. Next add the sugar, egg, oil and vanilla and stir to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined (do not over mix).
Grease or butter four muffin holes and set aside. Microwave the Nutella for 30-45 seconds until smooth and can slowly drip from a spoon. Do not microwave for longer than 60 seconds or the Nutella will burn. Scoop the muffin batter into grease muffin holes filling 1/2 way. Drizzle 1/2 a teaspoon of Nutella over the muffin batter. Use a toothpick to pull through the muffin batter and Nutella to create a swirled pattern. Top the muffins with remaining batter filling holes 3/4 full. Add another 1/2 teaspoon of Nutella and repeat the swirling process.
Bake at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Small Batch Nutella Swirled Banana Muffins
This easy one bowl recipe make four delicious Nutella swirled banana muffins.
Preheat oven to 350F
Grease or butter four hole in a muffin pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl mash banana with a fork or masher until it reaches a pureed texture.
Add sugar, egg, oil and vanilla to mash banana and mix to combine.
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Microwave the Nutella for 30-45 seconds until smooth and can slowly drip from a spoon (do not microwave for more than 60 second).
Scoop the muffin batter into grease muffin holes filling 1/2 way.
Drizzle 1 teaspoon of Nutella over the muffin batter. Use a toothpick to pull through the muffin batter and Nutella to create a swirled pattern.
Top the muffins with remaining batter filling holes 3/4 full. Add another 1/2 teaspoon of Nutella and repeat the swirling process.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow muffins to cool for 3-5 minutes in muffin pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool.