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Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

by TastefullyJulie on September 14, 2012

I love it when I have a stroke of genius.

(FYI, deciding to add Nutella to make something ordinary extraordinary pretty much always counts as a stroke of genius.)

The other day was just like any other in the fact that, surprise!, there we bananas rotting on my counter. Why doesn’t anyone ever bother to actually eat the bananas? Note to family: bananas are yummy and good for you.

Anyway, this day was a little bit different because I realized that every time I opened my cupboard there was a giant jar of half-eaten Nutella staring at me. The jar was left over from my husband’s Nutella phase. I’m not exactly sure how a person gets over a Nutella phase but evidently, it’s possible. Personally, I could always be in a Nutella phase but I would also weigh 300 pounds so we won’t go there.

Clearly, I needed to transform these old bananas and Nutella into a scrumptious treat.

Banana muffins with chocolate-hazelnut swirl? Yes! That totally works.

The base recipe for these muffins is fast and easy. Then all you have to do is top the batter with a healthy dollop of Nutella and swirl it all together. Don’t be afraid to swirl it around good so the Nutella gets mixed in.

I apologize for the annoyingness of this recipe only making ten muffins. Ten muffins! The two empty muffin cups drive me kinda nuts in an OCD way but that’s as far as the batter will stretch. Sorry.

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Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour (or another ½ cup all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 10 teaspoons Nutella

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or spray 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a smaller bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and oil. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Spoon a dollop of Nutella onto each muffin and swirl together well.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.


P.S. I see Jif has a chocolate-hazelnut spread now, too. I’ve been wondering for a long time why some other company hasn’t given Nutella a run for their money. I haven’t tried it yet but Jif is the BEST brand of peanut butter so I’d wager that it’s darn good. If anyone has tasted it, let me know how it is. If you have some, use it now. Make these muffins!

Inspired by banana crumb muffins.

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1 Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 14, 2012 at 10:55 am


Nutella swirled into anything is amazing in my book!
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2 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm

This is a great way to make banana muffins more exciting!
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3 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Can’t never go wrong with nutella. Not to mention it’s swirled into these gorgeous banana muffins.
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4 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

So bananas and Nutella happen to be my favorite (borderline nutritious but not really) breakfast. Putting it in muffin form is GENIUS!
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5 TastefullyJulie September 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

I should suggest that combo to my husband. He was putting it on Eggo waffles!


6 CJ at Food Stories September 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I’ll bet these are quite addictive :-)
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7 Choc Chip Uru September 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Haha stroke of genius for sure this looks way too good :D

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8 Jenna@LittleKitchenBigFlavors September 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I had this same problem last weekend! Solved it with nutella, too. Nutella makes everything taste great! :)
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9 Parsley Sage September 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

It’s hilarious that you were upset by this only making 10 muffins. That cracked me up. These totally ARE genius :)


10 TastefullyJulie September 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

Ha ha. It’s so annoying!


11 Part Time House Wife September 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

I’ve thrown bananas away twice this month with the intentions of a baked good but they blackened before my motivation set in…
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12 TastefullyJulie September 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

I have black bananas in my freezer, too. It’s a sickness.


13 kitchenriffs September 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Shocking confession: I’ve never had Nutella! Don’t ask me how or why – I don’t know. Just has never passed my lips before. Soon to be rectified, however – we have a nice big jar in the pantry. Been there a month and still haven’t opened it! I suspect once I do, I’ll be on a downward slope, scrounging spare change to get a Nutella fix. Anyway, these muffins looks delish. We have the opposite problem with bananas – we like them so much, they rarely get brown! But we’ve discovered if you microwave them briefly, you end up with the same texture/flavor as overripe bananas. Good post – thanks.
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14 TastefullyJulie September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

That is crazy! You need to go grab that Nutella, stat!


15 Jane September 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

That sounds awesome! I love nutella … and I totally stockpile bananas! Everytime I go shopping I get more … then I freeze them if (when) I don’t eat them. It is an obsession!! :)


16 shannon @ a periodic table September 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm


that basically sums up my thoughts on these; i’ve made chocolate chip banana nut muffins, but this is like, a whole other level.

bonus points for using the word “annoyingness.” i totally get the issue of empty muffin tins, though. also, when you have enough batter for 2-3 more muffins. ugh! i feel like these will be worth it, though.


17 TastefullyJulie September 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

At least when I have extra batter I can just make super huge muffins. Or a big mess on the bottom of the oven. It’s anyone’s guess ;)


18 Cadylou September 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

This is perfect! My mom told me all day yesterday to use our bananas but most of the other recipes call for 3 and we only had 2! :) they smell delicious in the oven!


19 TastefullyJulie September 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That’s great! I hope you like them.


20 Mary@FitandFed September 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Pretty swirls! Gotta have a standby recipe for over-ripe bananas, and it’s nice to have it be something a little different than good old banana bread.
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21 Abby September 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

ahh these sound so good!! and I’m going to go scout out that Jif spread now too :)
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22 Hunter September 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I made these this evening, but rather than 10 large muffins, I made 24 mini muffins. (reduced baking time to 11 minutes). Also, I swirled the Nutella into the batter before filling the muffin cups. It worked out so well. Great recipe!


23 TastefullyJulie September 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Mini muffins sound great. I’m so glad you liked them!


24 Kiran @ September 19, 2012 at 12:13 am

Nutella and banana — match made in heaven!

BTW, love the swirls of nutella :)
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25 beti September 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

ok let me tell you that this is too much deliciousness for me, my pants can feel it
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26 Erika October 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Love bananas. Love nutella. These look scrumptious.
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27 KathyS October 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

Love your Banana – Nutella Muffin idea!
Your right, Jif does have their version of a chocolate-hazelnut spread. I have tried both, Jif and Nutella. Nutella has produced a perfect the chocolate-hazelnut spread and Jif … not so much. I’m sticking to Nutella it’s totally scrumptious!


28 TastefullyJulie October 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thanks, that’s good to know. I’ll skip it. Hard to mess with perfection!


29 Katie November 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

These look Amazing. A friend of mine has been begging for banana bread and this is totes what I’m going to make for her. Regarding the whole Jif vs. Nutella debate: The Jif is good, very good actually, it’s smooth and chocolatey and slightly sticky, but it’s not Nutella. Nutella is def the winner.


30 JMK December 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Justin’s nut butter makes all natural pb, hazlenut, etc spreads. All delicious.


31 powercropper December 29, 2012 at 12:54 am

This is the first time I have ever stumbled upon a recipe as I randomly surfed the net, and literally stopped everything and baked. Muffins turned out great! I used mini-muffin tin, swirled half the muffins with nutella and left half plain (for my son with food allergies.) Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. Now that the baking is done, I am munching on muffins as I tour around your blog site. Will definitely be back for more…


32 fozia February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I just made these and they came out lovely! I mixed the nutella into the mixture and added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the recipe – absolutely delicious!


33 Patty February 17, 2013 at 12:45 am

Another delicious way to use leftover bananas and nutella that all 3 grandkids love is to spread nutella on one slice bread layer bananas over nutella to the other slice of bread spread peanut butter put sandwich together lightly butter both sides of sandwich and grill just like a grilled cheese sandwich makes for a scrumptious sandwich all family members will love.

2nd option is slice over ripe bananas put in freezer bag to use for making smoothies



34 Valerie March 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Yup, I tried them. Yup, you want to try them too. And yup, they are pretty incredible. They look exactly like the picture which never happens to me. Am so happy I had some overripe bananas.


35 Nitya March 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Had bookmarked this recipe almost 2 weeks back and have been saving my very very ripe bananas for it….couldn’t wait longer and tried this out today….oh my lord was it good….thank you so much for sharing…this ones a keeper!


36 Steph April 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hi I open a before school program in the mornings; we had over riped bananas that the children wouldn’t eat, of course so we googled recipes to do with them. They all agreed on this one… I brought them home and decided I would bake them tonight for the morning. Man, are they sooooooo goooood!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to share them with my kids in the morning :)

Thank you – Thank you – Thank you!!


37 Peter April 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

That jar of Nutella has been sitting, unopened in our pantry for years. I just never quite knew what to do with it. Thank you for your inspiration.


38 Corrie April 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I loved this recipe! I am new to baking and found them delicious and easy to make.


39 Ling April 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

Just tried these today – they were awesome!! I made 2 batches, including some without Nutella, as treats for my little 3 yr old!


40 RK April 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

These look amazing! Since banana sizes vary significantly….about how much mashed banana did you use? Thanks :)


41 sofia April 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

So delicious! But mine weren’t as pretty as yours because they sunk and I wanted to ask you what I could do :)


42 lena July 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

I just made these and the exact same thing happened to me. We haven’t eaten them yet… they smell amazing but look pathetic. Huge craters in the center because of the Nutella. I tried to swirl it as best as I could, but it didn’t make a difference. Now I’m wondering if I should’ve just mixed the Nutella into the sugar and banana mixture BEFORE putting them into the muffin tins….. If they taste good, I might try that next time.


43 Anna April 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

best muffins ever!!! I added one banana. Thats the only change I made


44 Rachel April 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I just popped these little tasties into the oven… and I can’t wait! However, I added walnuts to make them banana nut nutella muffins! I was able to stretch the batter into 12 cups! Just an idea :)

Easy, fun, and they smell delicious!!


45 Vicki May 20, 2013 at 2:33 am

I made these today and they turned out great! I’ve used a similar banana muffin recipe before but these were way better even without the nutella. Not gonna lie though, I can never view banana muffins the same without adding a swirl of nutella goodness. Thank you for this recipe, I will definitely make this again and again.


46 Laura June 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Okay, maybe I have a smaller muffin pan (I have an old Wilton one), so I wound up with 12. I am actually thankful that I did wind up with 12, saves arguments in a household of 6. Cannot wait to try them! Thank you for the great recipe! :)


47 Sharon June 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

I made these this morning, and they are totally incredible! Nutella is a basic food group at my house, so the minute I found your recipe I was hauling out the measuring cups and scrounging in the pantry to see if I had the requisite ingredients. BTW: I had no trouble completely filling up a 12-muffin tin with these. Maybe my muffin cups are smaller than yours are? I had TWELVE scrumptious treats and was spared the “annoyingness” whereof you spoke. Lucky me! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!


48 jennifer rose January 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm

so… had some things in the house besides overripe bananas i had nutella….i took a spinoff of this recipe(how could i not!)

here it goes i used different amounts of the bananas about 4
then a whole thing of nutella
then added approx 4-5 bags of oats(flavor of choice… this time=brown sugar)
then added two eggs
dash* of milk
then differed the serving* of the flour/baking soda/oil(increased it a bit until the correct consistency)
dash* of butter (melted) (i’d use no more than a 1/4)
added fresh orange zest and then blueberries for topping….

**** absolutely one of the best muffins i’ve baked in a while! <3 thanks so much for posting something i could go off of julie!


49 Deanna March 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

I have tried the jif version and while good not NEARLY as good as actual nuttella… My friend did the same and she felt the same way.


50 Leanne April 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Super yummy and easy. Only had egg whites and screwed up the sugar and tried to fix it. No problem my husband and daughter were in heaven. This is a saver.


51 Ruku May 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

I also had a couple of overripe bananas, so I made these this morning and my two year old is just devouring the muffin. I added a dash of cinnamon and vanilla. Great recipe, thank you!


52 Sherley June 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

I added one more banana and was able to stretch it to a dozen. This recipe is a must keep!


53 Emily June 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I just made this and it is DELICIOUS (and sooooo easy!). Minor changes: only used all-purpose flour because I didn’t have whole wheat flour; I added walnuts into the batter because I like walnuts in banana-flavored baked goods.

I doubled the recipe exactly and it made 19 muffins, although I think if I had been a little less generous in the first dozen I could have stretched it to 20. I made the first dozen using muffin cups, ran out, and just sprayed cooking spray for the second batch, and all of them came out completely fine, no sticking.

I will be making this again. Thanks!


54 Ella Brown July 5, 2014 at 10:57 pm

This was really bad in my opinion-_-


55 Jennifer August 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Just made these for the kiddos coming over for a minecraft day, they turned out great.

I tried the jif version, they were giving out free samples at the store and I can’t resist a free sample. I didn’t like it, it was super super sweet. I like sweet things, but it was just too much for me and the hazelnut flavor was a bit muted. Very disappointing.


56 Kristy August 30, 2014 at 2:18 am

These are great! I added coconut flakes to the batter in one batch. Then I replaced the banana with mango, added coconut and swirled with butterscotch for another batch. All came out great. Thanks!!!


57 Cathy September 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I have these in the oven right now…used Hershey’s chocolate with almond spread. Could not get it to swirl, so we left it as a blob and pushed it to the middle of the cupcake to be a filling. Can’t wait to try.


58 Squam September 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Great recipe! They were a hit at home and work:)


59 Christie October 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Made these muffins – they are amazing!! The batter made 12 muffins that cooked well in 15 minutes. The Nutella didn’t swirl well so I just slightly covered it with batter. It resulted in a gooey center of Nutella that works SOOO well.


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