Peanut Butter & Banana Nutella Muffins

Bananas are one of my daughter’s favorite things to eat, and we bought a few too many last time and they were starting to get really ripe.  I was all set to make another batch of banana bread and that just seemed boring, I always make that.  I started looking and found something that sounded like pure heaven!  Peanut butter and banana Nutella muffins.  SOLD!  The best part is that they’re reasonably good for you!  Mine would have been a little better had I used the apple sauce instead of oil, but I was scared because apple sauce gives my baby girl diaper rash.  So I’ll type out the recipe with the apple sauce and you can choose to use it, or not.  But man oh man, these were some good muffins!  I’d even venture to say….the best muffin I ever ate!

Peanut Butter and Banana Nutella Muffins
Adapted from:  Proceed with Caution

Ingredients:
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup oil or apple sauce
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used plain, she used chunky)
3 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
3 ripe bananas
Nutella

Method:

Preheat oven to 325.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat germ and sugar (all the dry ingredients, in other words!).

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl if you use a hand mixer), combine the sour cream, oil/apple sauce, peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and bananas.  Mix until pretty smooth.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients until well combined.  Line muffin pan with paper cups.

Using an ice cream scoop, put 1/2-3/4 of  a scoop of batter into the cups.  Using a smaller scoop (I used a melon baller), scoop some Nutella onto the centers of the batter.  Add more batter to cover on top.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until turning golden.  Best served warm, you could microwave leftovers for a little bit to achieve the gooey filling.

Mine made 22 muffins.

Peanut Butter and Banana Nutella Muffin

Muffin with warm Nutella center, yum!

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