Banana muffins are the way to go for busy mornings and for a filling, sweet treat!
These banana nut muffins have chopped hazelnuts as well as a swirl of hazelnut spread!
A muffin a day keeps the doctor away… or something like that. I know muffins aren’t the same as apples, but they taste good and make us happy. If you are happy, then you aren’t stressed. If you aren’t stressed then you feel healthy…see where I am going with this?
Banana muffins are quite the way to start the day. These muffins are hearty, studded with hazelnuts and have a generous swirl of hazelnut spread.
What Are Banana Nut Muffins?
Banana muffins are soft and tender and are made sweeter with the addition of ripe bananas. Nuts are often paired with banana muffins with walnuts being the most popular, with pecans probably come in close behind.
The truth is, you can use almost any nut you would like. You could also add in extras like chocolate chips or shredded coconut. If you want to make muffins that feel like dessert, then you could throw in some chopped chocolate bars like Reese Cups or Snickers.
Are Banana Muffins The Same As Banana Bread?
Banana muffins can be made with banana bread batter. You will have to adjust your bake time. Banana bread loaf can take up to an hour to bake. The muffins take a fraction of the time.
How To Make Banana Muffins
This banana muffin recipe is pretty basic; flour, baking powder, and salt are added to butter and sugar (both white and brown sugar) in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup of mashed bananas which add a natural sweetness and moisture to these muffins, as well as eggs and vanilla. For a stronger banana flavor, you could also add banana extract at the same time you add the vanilla.
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until combined.
I mixed in chopped hazelnuts to the batter and right before baking, I dolloped a generous spoonful of Nutella on each muffin!
The muffins will take about 22 minutes to bake. They are ready with a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing to a baking rack to cool completely.
This recipe only yields regular-sized muffins. But you can easily double the recipe or make mini muffins instead.
The Nutella can easily be omitted. Peanut butter would be a great add-in too.
Can You Freeze Banana Muffins?
Banana muffins freeze very well. Once the muffins have cooled completely, place them in an airtight container (separated by wax paper) or a ziptop bag. Seal and freeze the muffins for up to 3 months.
How To Store Banana Muffins?
These muffins should be stored in an airtight container. They will keep for about a week. These muffins are so good, they may not even make it a whole week!
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- 2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 chopped hazelnuts
- 3/8 -3/4 cup Nutella
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners and set aside.
- In a bowl combine the flour, the baking powder, and the salt. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, the bananas, and the vanilla until smooth. Slowly add in dry ingredients until blended. Stir in the hazelnuts.
- Divide the batter between the muffin tins. Place a dollop of Nutella on each muffin and swirl with a knife. Bake muffins for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
3/8 a cup of Nutella is about a half a tablespoon of Nutella for each muffin. 3/4 of a cup of Nutella is 1 tablespoon per muffin.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 383Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 51mgSodium 253mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 3gSugar 30gProtein 5g