Banana & Nutella Swirl Muffins

These muffins are the perfect way to use up ‘dead’ bananas as they use 4 in one hit. They’re also my favourite kind of bake; one where you bung a whole heap of ingredients in a bowl, combine and then bake. From start to finish they take approximately 30 minutes and they fill your home with a heavenly aroma.

I’ve cut down the sugar significantly from the original recipe (which had ½ a cup of each type of sugar), as I found that the bananas and Nutella are sweet enough for me. Of course, feel free to add more sugar to taste.

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Ingredients (makes 12 large muffins)
2 cups flour
1 tspn baking soda
1 tspn baking powder
4 medium over-ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 tspns vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
12 tspns Nutella

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Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray a 12-hole muffin tin liberally with cooking oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together banana, sugars, egg, oil and vanilla. Add in your dry ingredients and mix until it is lump free. Fold through walnuts if desired.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin and top each muffin with approximately 1 teaspoon of Nutella. Using a toothpick, swirl the Nutella into the batter.

Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Leave to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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Adapted from The Novice Chef’s ‘Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins’

 

Nutella “Freakshake”

Ever since the cafe Pâtissez opened in June 2015 in my home town of Canberra, I have been desperate to try one of their famous FreakShakes. Clearly I’m not alone, because their FreakShakes garnered media attention from Toowoomba to Tokyo to Timbuktu, and copycat versions have cropped up all over the world.

I feel a particularly strong urge to go there, not only because their food and drinks look almost illegally delicious, but also because we have known one of the owners, Gina, for years as she previously owned a school uniform shop and worked with my Mum to develop a uniform for Jerrabomberra Public School (which Mum helped start) in 2001. It has been awe-inspiring to see her success.

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A selection of Pâtissez’s world-famous FreakShakes. Image: pattisez.com.au
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How flipping amazing do these doughnuts look?!?! Image: @pattisez Instagram

While I’m still hopeful I’ll get to visit Pâtissez in the not too distant future, for the time being I’ll make do with some homemade versions, starting with this easy Nutella and pretzel shake.

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Ingredients (serves 1 very hungry person)
2½ tablespoons Nutella
400ml milk
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 scoop good-quality vanilla ice-cream

To decorate: 
8-12 pretzels
Whipped cream
Nutella (extra)

Method
To make the milkshake, combine chocolate syrup, Nutella, ice-cream and milk in milkshake shaker and shake until bubbly and combined.

Using a metal spatula or butter knife, spread Nutella generously on the inside of a mason jar and around the outside of the rim. Stick pretzels on using extra Nutella so they line the rim. Pour the milkshake into the prepared mason jar. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream, a drizzle of Nutella and 4 extra pretzels. Enjoy!

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Inspired by Pâtissez’s ‘Pretzella’ FreakShake

2 Minute Nutella Mug Cake

You know when it’s 9pm in the middle of winter and you have a hankering for something sweet? You don’t feel like going to much effort but something comforting and warm and chocolate-y would really hit the spot? Well, have I got a recipe for you!

This mug cake is deliciously warm and chocolate-y with a heavenly layer of oozy Nutella goodness in the middle and, as a bonus, is gluten free. It also doesn’t have that springy, rubbery texture you often get in mug cakes because of the almond meal. The real clincher for me though, is that it only takes about a minute to throw together and then a further minute to cook in the microwave. Washing up is also minimal – hallelujah! Need more convincing? See below:

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Ingredients (serves 1)
¼ cup almond meal (hazelnut would also work well)
2 tablespoons Dutch cocoa powder
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil, at room temperature
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons Nutella
Icing sugar, to dust
Vanilla ice cream, to serve

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Method
Combine almond meal, cocoa powder and caster sugar in a medium bowl. Add coconut oil, egg, milk and one tablespoon of the Nutella, and stir until smooth.

Spoon ¾ of the mixture into a 310ml capacity microwave safe mug. Spoon remaining tablespoon of Nutella into the centre, then cover with the remaining mixture.

Microwave on high for 1 minute (this is for a 1000 watt microwave, adjust as necessary).

Serve dusted with icing sugar and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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Adapted from a Sunbeam recipe on taste.com.au