Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

I may be busy as all get out, but I wasn’t going to miss out on participating in Secret Recipe Club this month. I probably should have taken the month off, but here I am anyway. This month I was assigned to Enriching Your Kid! by Shirley. Her blog is geared towards parents looking for ways to enrich their children by strengthening their immunity and facilitating their growth. But if you are like me and do not have children, the recipes are still great for expanding your knowledge about healthy foods.  I plan to try out her Chocolate-Date Compound Butter in the future, and almost made the Chicken Corn Kebabs, but decided on a muffin recipe instead for today because it involved Nutella!

The original recipes had a dollop of Nutella in the middle of the muffin, but I forgot to only pour half the batter into the muffin pan in order to accomplish that so I just made a swirl on top. They might not have a Nutella-center but they certainly tasted as good as they looked. I loved that the recipe uses olive oil instead of a lot of butter or canola oil, and my taste buds were completely fooled. And with whole wheat flour and bananas in addition to the Nutella, there’s really no way to go wrong with one of these for breakfast, or a snack.

Nutella Swirl Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

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Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes

I feel like my baking rate has gone down significantly, which is likely due to trying not have as many sweets lying about to tempt me. But when I saw these skinny cupcakes on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I knew they were destined to be made in my oven. After all, I never miss an opportunity for some peanut butter and chocolate lovin’. However, even thought they are titled as “cupcakes” I actually ate them more often in the morning than as a dessert. So they can either be a treatful breakfast, or a healthier dessert.

Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes

Two years ago: Irish Car Bomb Brownies
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Healthier Dark Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins

When it comes to brown bananas (unlike the yellow ones in the background of the image below), muffins are the most frequent utilization. So I decided to pump up the health factor of my all-time favorite muffins, Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins. I used a butter substitute, reduced the sugar and used brown + natural sweetener instead of all white sugar, traded the egg for flax, used ground oats in place of some of the flour, dark chocolate instead of the mini peanut butter cups, and finished it off with a crumbly oat topping instead of coarse sugar. I kind of miss the peanut butter, but I can solve that be spreading some on while I eat it O:-).

Healthier Dark Chocolate Chunk Banana Muffins

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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Every holiday comes with it’s own blend of specialty candies. However, it always seems like fall has the best variations. Even though I don’t favor Milky Way candy bars normally, when I saw this season’s caramel apple version I had to pick them up. But it took until now to figure out what to make with these fun treats. Why not stuff them into cinnamon rolls?

I wasn’t fully convinced on the apple flavor of the candies when I tried one by itself, so I went ahead and added in some real apple into the rolls as well. And then topped them off with a caramel glaze. It may still be reaching into 80 degree weather here, but it certainly tastes like fall with these cinnamon roll cupcakes.

While making these, I was almost certain I had killed the yeast with milk that was too hot, because it didn’t look like it was rising much. In the end they came out just fine! I really enjoyed these as individually portioned cupcakes too, but you could easily throw them all into a pan together like traditional cinnamon rolls. Also, I halved these from the original recipe, so feel free to double it back for a larger crowd!

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Buckeye Monkey Bread Muffins

Can we just talk about last weekend’s game for a minute? Even though I am sure many of you readers did not watch, I can NOT believe we won. Not in the “wow we played so awesome”, but the “wow we are not looking good yet somehow the other team is doing worse”. Which does not really bode well for today’s game against Nebraska. Even though they are (4-1) at #21 and we are (5-0) at #12, their wins look more significant than ours thus far. We have only scored over 35 points once in the first game again Miami of Ohio, and they have scored over 35 in all but one game (their win last week against Wisconsin). Today is a night game, but we get to play at home so hopefully the home field advantage will be a reality. But anyway, now to redirect to these monkey bread muffins.

Yes I made monkey bread into muffins. I thought they were much more friendly for a work atmosphere (I brought them for lab meeting yesterday) being baked into individual portions. No need to worry about other people’s fingers prodding into the next person’s section. As for their tastiness level, I am sure I don’t need to elaborate once I tell you that they are stuffed with a cream cheese-peanut butter filling and coated in cocoa-sugar. I was tempted to cover them with a chocolate sauce of sorts as well, but it was not necessary once they paid a visit to my taste buds.

One year ago: Oatmeal Meatballs with Spinach
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Pineapple Muffins with Coconut Streusel

I have a weakness for fun colored makeup, despite the fact that most of the time these days I don’t wear any at all. But regardless, Urban Decay and I have remained very good friends over the years. And it just so happens that their Fall Sale is going on right now, so I felt like I should share. Even if you like to stick to more basic colors they’ve got you covered, just see for yourself HERE.

Now that your eyes have been filled with fun colors, how about filling your belly with fun flavors? With Chobani’s blended Greek yogurts I have so far showed you recipes using peach, blueberry, and vanilla chocolate chunk. Today is pineapple! Originally I wanted to make a pineapple upside-down cake, but decided to break up the sweets a little bit… so I made muffins! They were so moist that the streusel on top ended up being soft as well, but that was not a problem. In fact I kind of wish I had doubled the streusel recipe.

The Chobani giveaway continues, enter for your chance to win a pack of all 6 flavors HERE!

One year ago: Gnocchi with Goat Cheese, Grape Tomatoes and Basil
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Blueberry-Blackberry Muffins

For The Secret Recipe Club this month I had Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. In addition to many great recipes, there are also three”non-recipe” posts a week: “Sunday Social” a sharing of bookmarked recipes, “Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday” is recipes found on Pinterest, and “Tasty Thursday” is a weekly link party – feel free to add a recipe.

But back to the recipes. After being very intrigued by the chocolate chip ice cream muffins (which only require three ingredients!), I decided on the sour cream blueberry-blackberry muffins. But instead of sour cream I used my favorite substitution – Greek yogurt.

I have never made muffins with Bisquick before but I was very impressed by how fluffy and soft they turned out. I am sure the berries and yogurt helped out in those areas. And the coarse sugar on top was a nice touch. I wonder hat other kinds of muffins concoctions I could also make using Bisquick?

I would also love to try the blueberry cheesecake milkshake recipe.

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Guest Post: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins by Beantown Baker

You know why you should like Jen from Beantown Baker? Because her favorite color is also purple! Well okay, you should probably love her blog for the fact that it’s filled with things like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Bacon Blondies, Cranberry Cheesecake Spread, and a Purple Ombre Cake rather than her color preferences, but I’m just saying it doesn’t hurt :-). If you don’t believe me, I’ll just let her do the talking…

One year ago: Guest Post: Cream Cheese & Jelly Pound Cake by Keep It Sweet


Hi everyone! My name is Jen and I blog over at As the name implies, I live in Boston and I love to bake! I’ve been blogging a little under 5 years and I just recently celebrated my 1000th Post! I live in a tiny condo with my Hubby and our two fat cats. I also blog for Yankee Magazine over at Cooking New England. But enough about me, let’s talk about some muffins.

I made these muffins a couple months ago when my first niece entered the world. I wrapped them up individually so my brother and his wife could keep them in the freezer and just grab one for a quick snack.

Peanut butter and chocolate are such a classic combination, it’s not wonder these were such a hit. I’ve officially become obsessed with PB&Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful and used it in this recipe. It gives an almost caramel flavor to the muffins and anything it touches. The only thing I’d do different next time is make a double batch so that I could have kept some for myself.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins – Recipe from Baking Bites – makes 24


2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup brown sugar

6 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375F. Line a a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and brown sugar.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, peanut butter, eggs and milk until smooth. Pour into flour mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Batter will be thick.

Divide batter into your paper-lined muffin tin. Each cup should be filled to the top, not just half way up, to ensure you get a nice dome on the muffin.

Bake for 17-20 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the top of the muffin springs back when lightly pressed.

Cool on a wire rack.

Gluten-Free Bananas Foster Muffins

Happy Mardi Gras! The holiday recipe club has gotten together again today to celebrate by posting recipes that contain bananas, bourbon or andouille sausage. I contemplated doing something savory for the blog hop, but was sucked into the idea of something bananas foster with bourbon. Since today I also happen to be meeting with my committee (of which one member is gluten intolerant) I figured I would make them some gluten-free muffins to go along with their coffee (gotta make sure they arn’t grumpy).

While searching for a bananas foster bread/muffin recipe, I was disappointed by the fact that none actually utilized bananas foster itself, but instead incorporated the banana and alcohol separately. That’s banana rum/bourbon bread, not bananas foster bread in my mind. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and here are my results!

These muffins turned out to be very moist, flavorful, and tastes almost exactly what I would expect a bananas fosters muffin to be. And I would’ve never guess that they were made with gluten-free flour! I only wish that it had a stronger banana flavor, so I may add some of the banana liqueur into the glaze next time. But over all, extremely pleased with my results. I hope my committee agrees, and are also pleased with my lab results ;-).

Want to join the Holiday Recipe club? Make contact HERE.

One year ago: Cashew Chicken


Makes 12 muffins



1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

1/3 cup gluten free all-purpose flour

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

4 Tbsp unsalted butter


3 medium bananas, sliced

3 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup dark brown sugar, divided

1 Tbsp banana liqueur

1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

1/4 cup bourbon

2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp allspice

1/2 cup Chobani plain 2% Greek yogurt (or regular)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp milk


4 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp water

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup bourbon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine ingredients for streusel topping in a medium bowl and combine with a fork or pastry cutter to create a crumbly topping with the butter evenly distributed; set aside.
  3. Put the bananas in a 10-inch heavy skillet with the butter, 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, liqueur and nutmeg and set over high heat. Once the sugar starts to dissolve, begin spooning the sauce over the bananas, flipping them after 1 minute. Remove from the heat when the sauce begins to thicken and bubble. Carefully pour the bourbon into the pan and ignite with a long match or stick lighter. Continue to cook until the flames die out and the sauce coats the back of a spoon. Allow to cool slightly then mash with a fork in the skillet.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and seasoning in a small bowl to combine. Set aside.
  5. On medium speed, beat 1/2 cup dark brown sugar and yogurt to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each until combined. Add the mashed banana mixture and vanilla extract; beat to combine. Alternatively add the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat just until the flour is incorporated and finish mixing with a spatula.
  6. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the muffins. Bake until muffin tops are golden and just firm, 22 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time.
  7. While the muffins are baking, make the bourbon glaze. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat bring the butter, water, and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the bourbon. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
  8. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes. Then, using a toothpick poke holes all over the top of the muffins. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the bourbon glaze over each muffin. Let the muffins sit for about 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Spoon the remaining glaze over each muffin, about 1 teaspoon for each muffin.

Source: Muffins adapted from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen with Bananas Foster from Alton Brown on Food Network.

Banana Peanut Butter Cup Muffins

I hope that most of you are aware of the “shoes” video from several years ago, which I watched far too many times and friends and I still quote to this day. But did you know that the same guy also made a “muffins” video? It starts out all innocent then gets a little weird and takes a turn to the creepy side. Yet whenever I make muffins I always have it running through my head (followed by “OMG shoes”). Oh yea, did you catch that? I made you muffins that’s why I am talking about this random youtube video.

Thankfully these muffins contain no glass despite their sparkly nature on top. I promise those are just coarse granules of sugar ;-). And their insides are definitely not filled with blood but with banana and miniature peanut butter cups! I wish that’s what my insides were made of. Then again with how many I’ve already eaten that may actually be the case.

“I’m baking muffins asbestos I can!” – Come on, admit it. That video is at least a little amusing.

One year ago: Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie


Makes 12 muffins


3 very ripe bananas, mashed

4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or white whole wheat)

3/4 cup mini peanut butter cups

Coarse white sugar or chocolate sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas with melted butter and sugars. Mix well. Add the egg and beat well.
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  4. Sprinkle in salt, baking soda and flour. Then, gently fold in miniature peanut butter cups. Be careful not to overmix!
  5. Divide amongst greased muffin tins and sprinkle tops with coarse white sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.

Source: Adapted from Eat, Live, Run.

Disclosure: The mini peanut butter cups and sparkling course sugar came from a giveaway I won on The Heritage Cook.

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