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Banana-Nutella muffins... but healthy

Happy Saturday! I'm on my own this week, Mark is in Australia filming a series of Verizon commercials. Lately we've been going through our freezer and pantry, trying to use up a lot of stuff that's been in there a while. Between what we had on hand and some cupcake inspiration from my pal over at Snooky Doodle Cakes, I came up with these tasty little muffins.

Snooky's yummy cupcakes are banana-chocolate chip, which sounded delightful to me. But since I don't like things too sweet in the morning, and I'm trying to be extra-super-duper healthy while I'm knocked up, I thought I'd do a muffin version instead.

With just a touch of vegetable oil (I used organic grapeseed from Trader Joe's), low-fat buttermilk and, of course, bananas, they're really moist, and the whole-wheat flour, oats and nuts give them heartiness and fiber. The Nutella? Well, man (and pregnant woman!) can't live by healthiness alone...

Enjoy! And I hope you're all having a wonderful, not-too-hectic holiday season!

Nutella-Swirled Banana-Oat Muffins

Makes 12

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup low-fat buttermilk (shake well before pouring), at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg, lightly beaten, at room temperature
4 Tbsp. Nutella

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners.

2. Pulse oats and nuts briefly in food processor to chop finely. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together bananas, buttermilk, sugar, oil, vanilla and egg. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture until just combined (do not overmix). Divide batter among muffin cups. Place a teaspoon of Nutella on each and use a toothpick to gently swirl Nutella through batter.

3. Bake muffins for 16 to 18 minutes, or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove from pan to rack to cool completely.

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Reader Comments (16)

oh wow these are super not only healthy nut yummy too. I m a sucker for nutella that s why I don t buy it much. I made some banana and nutella muffins a while ago which I haven t posted yet and they were yummy too.Thanks for linking to me :)))

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSnooky doodle

They sound wonderful! You gave me a chuckle when you called yourself "knocked up". Back in my day it had a different connotation. he he.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHoneyB

Oooh, Australia?? Lovely location!!


December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Mmmm when I was in Greece, they had crepe stands on every street corner. The most popular flavor was nutella with bananas!! :D The muffins look fantastic.

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHow To Eat A Cupcake

Mmm, banana and Nutella!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

those look delicious! i absolutely adore anything and everything nutella! i'm sure your march 2009 baby will just love having a mama that can cook so well!

December 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Gonna have to make these next time I have some ripe nanas! Yum!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

Mmmmm...I bet these are delicious! Wonder if my brother would like them...he likes nutella but I think he'd probably balk at the idea of muffins! :-)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Those look and sound REALLY good!

Save me one...

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMark

These look yummy!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVera

healthy nutella? surely you jest! they look and sound fabulous. :)

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

These sound interesting (in a good way!)

I'm on my own this week too :(

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

Nutella and banana! Double Yum!

December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Love Nutella on anything, healthy or not. Nice recipe.

December 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJude

Looks like a great recipe to use up some of my frozen banans. Thanks!

December 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkatskitchen


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