Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Banana Nutella Bran Muffins

OK, these are the BEST bran muffins you will ever have. Ever. I first discovered Nutella in Ireland while visiting one of my best friends, Suzanne, who was going to grad school in Dublin. Once I had my first bite of Nutella on toast, I died and went to heaven. I don't buy it often because I could sit down and eat a whole jar in a sitting. I haven't actually done this...but I know I could, and that would NOT be good for the waist line. So, when I do buy it, I savor it.

OK, enough about the best stuff that has ever come out of a jar...on to the recipe. As soon as I saw this recipe on line I knew I had to make it.

Banana Nutella Bran Muffins
Recipe by
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup oat bran or quick-cooking oatmeal
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 med.)
6 tbsp Nutella
1 cup buttermilk
additional Nutella for topping

Preheat oven to 375F. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, bran (or oatmeal), cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, brown sugar, eggs, mashed banana, Nutella and buttermilk until very smooth, making sure all egg has been well-incorporated. Pour into flour mixture and stir just until no streaks of flour remain.
Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tin, filling each just about up to the top. If desired, add 1-2 tsp Nutella to each muffin cup and swirl in with a toothpick.
Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.
Remove muffins from tin and cool on a wire rack before serving. Store in an airtight container when cool.
Serve with additional Nutella.