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Banana Nutella Bran Muffins

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Banana Nutella Bran Muffins
A bran muffin starts to sound a lot more delicious when you introduce Nutella into it. Don’t get me wrong – I have had some very good bran muffins, but I see many people turned off of them after eating dense, heavy, flavorless, overly oily or overly dry muffins. There is no cause for that and a good dose of Nutella is exactly what you need to turn anyone into a bran muffin fan. These Banana Nutella Bran Muffins are full of bananas and Nutella and are just waiting to win over a few new fans.

These muffins are moist, fluffy and light, but with a great combination of banana and chocolate flavors. The muffins themselves are fairly low in fat (only a small amount of oil in these), so they get a lot of richness and flavor from Nutella that is incorporated into the batter. Even with it in the batter, the Nutella flavor was fairly subtle in the finished product and took a back seat to the banana. I added a little cocoa powder to bring out the chocolate notes of the spread, then added about 2 tsp of Nutella to every muffin before baking and swirled it into the batter with a toothpick. It would have been nice to turn it into a topping, but the batter isn’t quite thick enough to provide a base for something like my Nutella Self-Frosting Cupcakes. I highly recommend serving these muffins with more Nutella. It might make them look a bit like frosted cupcakes from a distance, but a smear of Nutella on top of the muffins is the absolute perfect way to finish these off.

These muffins work well with both oat bran and with quick cooking oatmeal as the “bran” part of the muffins. Oatmeal adds a little more of a chewy texture than the bran does, and I have it on hand much more often than bran, so I tend to use it. Wheat bran will work, as well, but I find that oat has a slightly nicer flavor. The muffins will keep well and stay moist for several days when stored in an airtight container and you can freeze them and defrost them for a quick breakfast, too. Don’t forget the extra Nutella when you are ready to eat!

Banana Chocolate Bran Muffins
Banana Nutella Bran Muffins
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.

Makes 16.

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  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
    March 21, 2011

    These look SO yummy! I love bran muffins, but I love nutella more. Gotta have them!

  • A Little Nosh
    March 21, 2011

    Mmmm…they sound good! A great way to add a little fiber, but still keep it a bit decadent.

  • Amy's Cooking Adventures
    March 21, 2011

    These look really good! A great way to get kids to eat more fiber, too!

  • Priti
    March 21, 2011

    Yum yum yum ….looks so fab

  • Erin
    March 22, 2011

    I have the same muffin papers 🙂 Also, these sound outstanding! I’m a huge bran muffin fan. Thanks for the unique recipe.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    March 22, 2011

    I’ve always been a fan of bran muffins but I’d imagine these are even more delicious with nutella in them.

  • jade xandrei
    March 23, 2011

    It looks so flavorful, bran muffins with nutella and banana is perfect combination and sound delicious. It’s really looks light. Kids will have fun eating these by adding more nutella on top of it.

  • Tehan
    May 8, 2011

    I have a question – would it be ok to not add oatmeal or oat bran? Could I just use the Nutella?

  • JuniorBaker
    July 2, 2011

    Just made these 🙂 I’m so suprised they turned out well. Didn’t have bran or quick oats, so I had to use old fashioned oats. My eggs were out of date, so I had to use eggbeaters. I didn’t even have flour, so I threw some more oats in the blender to make oat flour! Anywho, they turned out moist and not grainy or ‘healthy’ tasting like I was afraid they would with no white flour. I sprinkled some extra sugar ontop before baking to give them a crunchy top, and ate them with extra nutella. Next time I’ll add some hazelnuts or walnuts to the batterfor even more crunch. Great recipe!

    Now I need to get mom to go to the store and restock our pantry…

  • Elyse
    July 3, 2012

    I LOVE these!! I made them and substituted in whole wheat flour for the AP, just to make it that little bit healthier and it worked great. But, unfortunately everyone I know isn’t as much of a nutella lover as I am, so the next batch I made I exchanged the nutella for peanut butter and tossed in some chocolate chips. Any muffin that tastes like dessert but is still reasonably healthy is good in my books

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