Denial vs Delight: Banana and Nutella Muffins

29 Oct

Hallelujah bananas are reasonably priced and readily available again! Given the natural disasters throughout Australia this year there has been a bit of a banana shortage. When the price of a single banana surpasses the price of a single cupcake, it becomes very easy to convince yourself that cupcakes are the good option and fruit merely a less desirable luxury. Not that I required much convincing.

I found the banana shortage had the same effect on me that diets do. Whenever I try to diet I become obsessed with certain foods, usually those I feel I am being unfairly denied. I remember going on The Cabbage Soup diet when I was a teenager. The diet left me permanently starved and completely obsessed with food at the same time. One night after eating my cabbage soup, without even a bread roll to keep my appetite comforted, I went to watch TV in the hope it would take my mind off the unbearable hunger pains. Never before had I noticed how many food ads there were on TV. Suddenly food I usually wouldn’t touch, became the epitome of palate satisfying pleasure.  I remember that while on that diet my craving for carbs, chocolate and cheese became entirely overwhelming and psychologically intrusive. I think I only lasted a couple of weeks before I cracked and consumed my own body weight in chocolate bars and brie. The psychological scars of that level of denial will probably last a life time. 😉

While not usually immediately drawn to banana recipes, I found myself during the banana shortage stumbling upon recipes using bananas at every turn. At the same time I was also craving the banana creations I had made in the past. Just like the food ads on TV during those horrendous food deprived days, bananas seemed to be everywhere! Given the decrease in the cost of bananas and a pregnant friend imploring me to bake some more goodies for the sake of her unborn child, I decided to make an old favourite with a bit of a twist.  The muffin recipe is from How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson, which is my baking go to guide and encyclopaedia. I have made some slight changes, to give a lighter texture. I added the Nutella because chocolate to me is always a welcome addition to any baked delight and in this molten form, it is also a little surprise for the eater.

Have you ever been on a strict diet? Did you stick to it?

Molten Chocolate centres


Banana Muffins

Inspired by Nigella Lawson

9 Muffins

  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 3 heaped tablespoons clear, runny honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • Nutella

1. Melt butter, honey and vanilla essence in a pan over the stove.

2. Sift flour bi carb and baking powder into a large bowl. Add cinnamon and salt.

3. Mash bananas in a separate bowl

4. Add melted butter mixture to bananas

5. Add the banana and butter mixture to the flour with the two tablespoons of milk.

6. Mix until just combined.

7. put 1 spoon of mixture into muffin cases and then put in 3/4 tsp of Nutella into each muffin case and top with more muffin mix.

8. Bake for 20 mins or until golden and skewer comes out clean.

Baked Loveliness


8 Responses to “Denial vs Delight: Banana and Nutella Muffins”

  1. Bluejellybeans 31/10/2011 at 12:49 am #

    Hi! These muffins love delicious.
    I totally relate to your diet story, I’ve made the cabbage soup diet, Atkins just to mention a few. And it is true there’s no better way to discover the must fattening food 😉

  2. Clara 31/10/2011 at 12:52 am #

    I am the absolute worst at sticking to a diet! I never would have made it on the cabbage soup one. I love your idea of putting Nutella in these muffins. I actually don’t care for bananas but my boyfriend loves them, so I often make banana bread for him with the bananas that didn’t get eaten during the week. I’ll have to throw in Nutella next time. Thanks!

    • thelegaltart 31/10/2011 at 7:22 am #

      I am not a great banana lover either but the Nutella makes gives it something extra. Enjoy!

  3. Cayla 01/11/2011 at 1:12 am #

    love this combination of banana and nutella. i’ve actually never thought to add nutella to a banana muffin and i def plan on doing it from now on! 🙂

  4. Mama's Gotta Bake 24/11/2011 at 4:17 am #

    Anything with nutella in it is a winner in my book!

    • thelegaltart 24/11/2011 at 2:28 pm #

      I think I ate the leftover nutella straight from the jar. Not my proudest moment!

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