Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Easy and Moist Basic Banana Muffins with Nutella Swirl (made with less / minimal dishwashing)

Who love banana muffins?

Me me me me me ...

Who love Nutella?

Me me me me me ...

Who hate dishwashing?

Me me me me me ...

I must say that these delicious Nutella swirl banana muffins are super super super easy to bake. Best of all,  they are baked with minimal amount of dishwashing!!!

Thanks to Google! I have found these two fantastic basic banana muffin recipes from Cat Can Cook and Yammie's Noshery and also this brilliant less-dishwashing baking idea from Yammie's Noshery. These two basic banana muffin recipes are always the top two hits whenever I Google for banana muffin recipes. After I made a comparison of both recipes, I have found that Cat's ones contain slightly more banana than Yammie's and surprisingly, the slight difference in their contents can make such a difference in overall texture of the muffins. Having more banana, Cat's muffins are denser and more banana taste while Yammie's muffins are more cake-like with more tender crumbs. Personally, I like Yammie's more than Cat's but I think this preference can be very subjective as both can be equally super moist and yummy.

How did I bake these banana muffins with minimal washing? The original idea from Yammie's Noshery says that her muffins are baked without dirtying a single dish? Well, not exactly and I don't want to make too big claim for that because there is still washing to do but probably the least or minimum.

To bake these muffins, I have mashed the banana and mixed the batter using zip lock bags. By doing that, all I have to wash is one muffin pan and some measuring spoons and cups. If you uses plastic bags to contain the ingredients by weighing, you probably can wash a few less measuring spoons... LOL! And, if you use disposable baking cups to bake these muffins, you can avoid washing the muffin pans too. I usually use the disposable baking cups that I have for steaming cakes because I don't like to use them for baking due to their waxy interior... Sorry that I'm really fussy with this!

As I was tossing these plastic or zip lock bags into the waste bin, I must admit that this is not entirely an environment-friendly method to bake but I did save some effort and time from any extra dishwashing and also a little money from using less water and dishwashing detergent... LOL!

Now, who love banana Nutella muffins?

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Easy and Moist Basic Banana Muffins with Nutella Swirl
To bake the muffins, these are all I need to wash.
Shaking and squishing the contents in these zip lock bags can mix this batter very well.
Then, make a snip at the corner of the bag and squirt the batter into a lined muffin tin...
Want something extra with these muffins??? Nutella, please!
Squeeze about 1-2 teaspoonful of Nutella into each muffin. Use a toothpick to make a swirl.
Can't wait to try these muffins!
Muffin made with Cat's recipe. Fully packed with banana with denser texture.
Muffin made with Yammie's recipe. Although it is flatter, it is lighter with cake-like texture.

Here are the recipes that I have mostly adapted from Cat Can Cook and Yammie's Noshery

*rice bran oil with 0% trans fat.

Preheat oven to 375ºF / 190ºC or 170ºC fan forced. Line a standard 12 hole size (1/3 cup) muffin tray with baking cups.

Using a weighing scale, weigh sugar and flour in two separate plastic bags or use a 1/4-cup measuring cup and a 1/4-tsp spoon to measure all ingredients.

In a large Ziploc bag, mash the bananas. Add eggs, sugar, melted butter or oil (and vanilla if you are baking Yammie's recipe), seal the bag, and shake and squish until well combined.

Add in the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder (and cinnamon if you are baking Yammie's recipe). Seal the bag again and shake and squish again until well combined. Do not over-squash the bag at this stage as the batter is ok to be lumpy.

Make a snip at the corner of the bag and squirt the batter into a lined muffin tin. Don't make the snip too big as the batter can be runny. To avoid excessive mess, pinch and hold the corner of the bag while transferring from one muffin cup to another.

Bake for 20 mins or until a toothpick (not skewer so that you can throw away the toothpick without washing it) comes out clean.

Finding the banana muffins too plain???

These basic banana muffins are very delicious on its own. Although they are not too sweet, I reckon the sweetness is just right for us. If you find them too plain and simple, these are extras that you can add on ...

You can either:

1) make a lemon glaze like the one in Yammie's recipe for the muffins. Mix 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 tbsp milk or lemon juice until your required consistency and pour it over the cooled muffins.
or 2) add walnuts and/or chocolate chips into the batter before baking.
or 3) make them like ours with Nutella swirl. To do that, you need to wash one more spoon to spoon Nutella onto the muffin directly or spoon tablespoonfuls of Nutella into a disposable piping bag and pipe about 1-2 tsp of Nutella onto each muffins. Then, use a toothpick to make the swirls.

Happy Baking
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  1. Same here Zoe. I love banana muffins, I love Nutella (who doesn't?) and I hate washing up everything afterwards, hehe.. Eh I like this recipe, very easy leh! Just mix everything into the ziplock bag only, no whisking, no electric mixer, easy! I want to try this recipe !!

  2. Hi Zoe , what gorgeous muffins , pinning , thanks for sharing :)

  3. HI Zoe!
    I'm glad Nee is pinning these awesome looking muffins. Now I can just pin her pin, lol...

    I'm not sure I like the method of mixing these muffins but I sure do LOVE the way they look and the ingredients. I've been reading a lot about plastics and food lately. (actually my granddaughter brought it to my attention something they are learning in school) I wouldn't mind a few extra dishes for these muffins. The touch of Nutella not only makes them look yummy but pretty too:)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Zoe...I have Bananas on the counter that need to be used up yesterday! I hope to be able to use them in time for Little Thumbs Up, fingers crossed that I come up with an exciting banana recipe:)

  4. Hi Zoe!

    I love love love the mess free way that you bake! I'm going to do this with the kids very very soon! I'm sure they will be thrilled with squishing bags then get to enjoy their moist delicious sweet treats! Thanks for the recipe babe! <3

  5. Love these banana muffins Zoe ! Especially with nutella.
    I bookmarked I have to make these for the twins, they love nutella!!

  6. Ohhhh banana with chocolate! yum. Bookmarked this.

  7. OMG, simple, easy and soooo yummy looking! I totally will be trying one of these recipes soon!

  8. That mess-free got me here... hehe... I love banana in my bakes and the kids love nutella... bookmarking this for my next baking!

  9. Hi Zoe,my fav muffins,I make these often for my kids,yours is looking stunning

  10. Zoe, thanks for the tips. No washing and no mess! Loved your muffins.

  11. These muffins look so good! Really soft and with Nutella.. Yumm..

  12. Zoe, I baked this before and I know just how good they are. Hmm...wanna bake these Nutella banana muffins again!

  13. Great idea, Zoe! Love these hassle-free muffins!

  14. Ooooo the muffins look really moist!

  15. Love these..and who doesn't want to make muffins without the mess! Nutella is big in my book, too!

  16. The banana muffins really look so moist and yummy. I too don't like washing up...lol.

  17. This is brilliant! I love the thought of less dishes!! I think the swirl makes these extra special and they really elevate the aesthetic as well!

  18. Banana muffins with nutella, yes, and yes....Iove the idea of using a bag for everything...
    Enjoy your week Zoe :)

  19. Oh I baked a couple of times ... these are my big kids' favourite muffin! Banana + Nutella! Yum!

  20. Your banana muffins look so good! Yum Yum!

  21. These are beautifully made and heavenly banana muffins...... :)

  22. I love banana muffin too, especially the dense and chewy type!

  23. Such lovely muffins! Nutella and banana, what's not to love? Haha!
    Both versions look really moist! Must be really good with a cup of tea, a delicious tea-time treat!

  24. Yup, the muffins and Nutella are a big yes, the dish washing a big no! Really fun post and such a nice recipe -- thanks.

  25. Zoe,
    "Me me me!" to all the three questions! "Yes yes yes!" to banana & Nutella!! :D

  26. Mmmm sounds so delicious! I have get some banana and a jar of Nutella. Thanks for zip-lock bag idea...clever!

  27. Oh my I will definitely have to try these!

  28. Wow these sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe...


  29. Hi Zoe. I tried Yammie's recipe. I used muffin cups. I filled them up to 1'cm below the rim. When they come out from oven, they are taller than the cup rim by 1 cm. After they cool down, they shrunk to about level with the rim. Is this correct? Thank you.

    1. Hi Sherlyn.

      Sorry for my late reply. Have you check if your muffins have been well baked with a inserted skewer in the center. If the inserted skewer comes out clean, it means that your muffins are cooked. In this case, the shrinkage is probably normal due to the sudden change of temperature. Otherwise, your muffins must have not thoroughly cooked.