3.19.2012

Fruit & Nut...and a muffin.


Oh, and chocolate! You can't have fruits and nuts without a touch of chocolate.
This delicious combination of fruit, nut and chocolate came together to make these delicious banana and hazelnut muffins.  Perfect for the morning or any other time of the day, these muffins are exploding with banana flavour and a touch of spice.

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Sometimes muffins can be heavy and dense but using half flour/half hazelnut meal, ensured that these sweet little treats were kept light. In addition to the sweet ripe bananas, I added a touch of brown sugar, spices like mace and cinnamon and a necessary addition - chocolate! Not just any chocolate - these were pieces of dark hazelnut filled chocolate - the perfect pairing of fruit, nut - and chocolate. Try it out!


banana and hazelnut muffins
makes 12 muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup hazelnut meal (if you can't find/make then use almond meal)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
pinch sea salt
1/4 tsp ground mace
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 whole eggs
1/4 cup non-fragrant oil
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
50g dark hazelnut chocolate, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
In a medium bowl sift dry ingredients - flour, hazelnut meal, baking powder, sugar and salt. Keep aside.
In another bowl, beat eggs lightly and mix in oil and mashed bananas. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated - don't overmix! Then mix through pieces of hazelnut chocolate.
Spoon mix into cases and bake for about 20 minutes. Take out and let cool. Enjoy!

11 comments:

  1. These muffins look delicious!

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  2. These muffins have all the things I love (and they look stunning too!), a must try:)

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  3. nice opinion... thanks for sharing....

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  4. Yep that sounds pretty perfect! Like a banana coated in nutella but with all the crunchy textures. Sounds delicious.

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  5. Hazelnut chocolate is my favorite and these muffins look so tasty! I like that you used half flour and half hazelnut meal to make them lighter, it must have also accentuated the hazelnut flavor.

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  6. These look wonderful! I have used almond meal, but not hazelnut meal...will have to look for that :)

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  7. I love the texture of ground hazelnut and almonds in baking- these look just gorgeous.

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  8. You have no idea how much I love this recipe! I'm all about hazelnuts and chocolate lately. And using hazelnut meal? Perfect!

    Oh, and I love your pictures too. I've just subscribed. :)

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  9. nice opinion.. thanks for sharing...

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  10. Nothing beats banana & chocolate :)

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