A note from Joelle...
There are some combinations of food that just fit together in a heavenly culinary marriage. Nutella and Banana is one of them.
So what is a girl to do when she finds herself with half a jar of Nutella (I was meant to give it up from Lent, but...) and two very, very ripe bananas?
I can't keep them away from each other, that's just cruel!
I just had to make my banana & Nutella muffins.
For 12 muffins, here's what you'll need:
2 very ripe bananas - the darker and spottier, the better.
250g Plain flour, sieved (you can use self raising. If so, you don't been much baking powder and salt)
100g Unsalted butter, melted
A pinch of salt
1 tsp Baking powder
Dash of cinnamon
120g White caster sugar (I don't add too much sugar because the ripe bananas and the Nutella are sweet enough)
2 large eggs, beaten
3 heaped tbsp Nutella (you may want to let it sit out at room temp. before using. Or you can put it in the microwave for 10 seconds.)
1 tsp vanilla extract (try to avoid essence)
Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking powder) in a bowl.
In a separate mixing bowl, mash up the bananas. I recommend using a fork and not something as powerful as a blender because you want a good banana texture. If it's too smooth, the flavour disappears and also it turns into more of a banana bread.
Then add all the other wet ingredients (beaten eggs, melted butter, vanilla) to the banana.
Next, pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and fold until it's a fully combined batter.
Don't be tempted to add milk at this stage, it's meant to be thick and ugly-looking.
Grab a spoon or icecream scoop and fill each muffin case. Remember to leave about 1cm.
Then get your nutella and drop a teaspoon amount into the middle of each case.
With a sharp knife or toothpick, swirl the nutella through the batter, but not too much as we don't want the whole muffin to turn brown.
The bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
Leave to cool for ten mins and then dig in! They taste really good whilst warm or cold.
I wish you could smell these right now! I don't even like bananas that much, but these are unreal!