Mini Banana Cupcakes with a Nutella Swirl

I love sweet treats. I usually eat really healthy, but put a dessert in my vicinity and I am in trouble:) Teanna, from Spork or Foon always entices me with her amazing photos of sinfully delicious baked goods. When I saw her Self Frosted Cupcakes, I knew I had to try them.

I heart Nutella. I could eat it by the spoonful. I try not to buy it because Josh is allergic and I really don’t need it. After reading Teanna’s post, I decided it was time for a splurge.

I love bananas and nutella together, so I thought I would try a little spin off from the Self Frosted Cupcakes. I made a banana cupcake with a Nutella swirl. I also made them in my mini muffin pan, for cuteness factor and portion control.:) I thought swirling the Nutella would be a pain in the rear, but it was kind of fun! I used a toothpick to do the trick.

They turned out really cute, but I am not sure if I should call them cupcakes. They had more of a muffin texture. They were moist and dense, not light and fluffy like I was hoping. They were still really good, just not what I was going for.

The banana and Nutella flavor was right on though. I think I will look for a different cupcake recipe to try them with….or maybe use a regular pan to see if that helps the texture. They were really good, just think muffin instead of cupcake. 🙂

Mini Banana Cupcakes (Muffins) with a Nutella Swirl
Adapted from EveryDay Food and Spork or Foon

(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas), plus 1 whole banana, for garnish (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Jar of Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In well, mix together butter, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to incorporate flour mixture (do not overmix). Dividing evenly, spoon batter into muffin cups.
  3. With a toothpick swirl in the Nutella, about a ½ teaspoon each.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely on a wire rack.

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  1. This looks like the absolute perfect breakfast, or lunch or justa snack. SO delicious, I bet its wonderful with the nutella!

  2. Haha, I’m right there with you … put sweets in my path and I’m in trouble!!

    Ha, and I would defintely be in trouble with those, that sound like a perfect combination. Definitely a good splurging choice!

  3. It sounds great, but I honestly have never (YET) had nutella!! Am I nuts, or should I just stay away?

  4. Thanks everyone. I really liked them I am just torn if they are a cupcake or a muffin:)

    Recipegirl-I can’t believe you haven’t had Nutella! You must try it, but be careful, it is dangerous..ha!

  5. These look delicious and so cute with the swirl running through. I just posted a fabulous (rated 10 out of 10) chocolate cinnamon swirl muffin on my blog. It has the texture you are looking for and the flavors are divine. I used my “coffee essence.”

  6. HA HA! I just ate Nutella on a spoon about an hour ago!!! 🙂 I will be making these soon! And since I can call them muffins that means I can have them for breakfast! 🙂

  7. They look gorgeous, Maria!!! Sorry you weren’t a fan of the cupcake part… I actually thought I’d like to try a different cupcake recipe with these as well, but realized I failed to write that in my blog post! Eek! Sorry!!! Either way, they look SOOO GOOD!

  8. I love anything with Nutella – these look amazing!

    I’m going to try your whole wheat pizza dough recipe this weekend and I’m already looking forward to it!

  9. Yum. I have been a little obsessed with banana muffins lately, so I will have to try this out.

  10. Nutella is so good. So, so good. I found a vegan recipe for it I’ve been meaning to try but have yet to get around to…

    Did you see Closet Cooking earlier in the week? Kevin featured an open faced Nutella/Banana sandwich that looked beautiful!


  11. I can’t believe some of you haven’t tried Nutella, get moving and open a jar:)

    Teanna-Thanks again for the inspiration! Love your blog!

    Kerstin-Good luck with the pizza. Let me know how it goes!

    NAOmi-Let me know if you make your own Nutella, sounds interesting. I did see Kevin’s post, he always has something good to eat:)

  12. Giada has this nutella recipe where she puts a spoonful in some wonton wrappers and fries them. I’ve seen her do it twice, and both times I was gripping the couch, screaming “OH!!! YES!!!!! OH GOD YES!!!!” at the television.

    You could throw in some walnuts and make these into a variation on the banana chip muffins. Bet you $5 you could sell them – people would love to buy something other than chocolate!

  13. They look great and I’m all about the banana as well as LOVE Nutella. Sorry it wasn’t totally what you wanted, but Nutella seems to be better when it’s not baked into things–just in my opinion. Still–delish! in my book.

  14. MacDuff-I have seen her make those fried raviolis. I want to make those as well! Thanks for the ideas!

    Katrina-They were good, just not the cupcake texture/flavor I was going for. I should of known the bananas would make it more moist/dense. Oh well. Still a good treat!


  15. I’ve made the nutella swirled cupcakes before and they were delicious. Making a nutella swirl with banana cupcakes sounds even better. I love the mins.

  16. This would be great in like a little mini-loaf version (to keep the cuteness factor going!). I just posted a banana bread today too – but I’m jealous cause mine certainly doesn’t have nutella!

  17. I think I’ve told you that Josh LOVES nutella- these would be his idea of heaven! I will have to keep them in mind for a special occasion!

  18. I have never tried Nutella…have heard all about it, but have never tasted it. I think your muffins/cupcakes look so good. I have to agree with the sweet issue..I have to get them out of the house fast. I love to bake so it’s a problem!

  19. mini, so you can eat more. you won’t believe this, but I have yet to make anything with nutella (besides toast). Banana and nutella are so good together.

  20. I can’t be trusted with Nutella. I eat it with a spoon…until it’s gone and my tummy is hurting. These look so good!!

    Bananas + Nutella = Heaven!

  21. I know a little girl who would just love these! I’ll send her mom to your blog. Oh, I made your stuffed portabellos the other night and blogged about it! Yummy 🙂

  22. Cannot go wrong with THAT flavor combination! I will think of them in muffins and bask in breakfast heaven!

  23. I don’t have nutella because I eat it by the spoonful too! Maybe if you creamed the butter, they will taste more like a cupcake. Since the amount of butter to flour is essentially a cupcake recipe.

  24. These are totally precious!! You have to indugle and buy yourself nutella every now and then…and hey, if you eat a spoonful here and there, I won’t tell. (In fact, I’ll grab a spoon and eat some with you.)

  25. Yum! I had never thought of adding a Nutella swirl to muffins. Brilliant! 🙂 I’ve never been a huge fan of banana muffins, but that extra touch might just convert me.

  26. This reminds me of when I was in Greece, there were crepe carts everywhere and the most popular flavor was bananas with Nutella. Mmmm they look SOO good! 😀

  27. i have to agree, maria–chocolate and nanners are good, but nutella and nanners are practically unbeatable. lovely mini masterpieces. 🙂

  28. Two of my favorite things – Nutella nd banana cake. (If I could choose how I wanted to die, it would be with a spoon and as many jars of Nutella it would take to kill me). I love these!

  29. You know those sound & look fabulous. Love the idea of banana and nutella. I made those self frosting nutella cupcakes and was disappointed. Mine were on the dry side and not alot of flavor if you didn't have a bite of the nutella. Of course the cake top with all the nutella was wonderful!

    I'm gonna give this a try…I'm okay with muffins.

  30. I made ’em….they are amazing. Posted ’em on my site too…thank you so very much for this new fave of mine. I can’t wait to use it as my go to breakfast/ desert for guests!