Easy Nutella muffins – These are rich, chocolatey and are absolutely heavenly! Made with simple ingredients, these muffins make a great breakfast or snack option. Also, these muffins are so much fun to bake with kids! Perfect for holiday time.

Until a couple of years back, I had this habit of eating Nutella straight out of the jar. One of my favourites for sure. Later, it got a little too sweet for me. So, I started using it in my bakes once in a while to satisfy my Nutella cravings. Once in a while is definitely fine right? 🙂
If you are not a fan of Nutella, you can use any hazelnut chocolate spread (homemade spread tastes amazing too) in this recipe. I love the explosion of Nutella in these muffins.

Baking Season!

It’s December & Christmas Season! This also means a lot of baking happens in the kitchen. By now you must be knowing that Desserts make me happy. So, I have planned to make quite some Christmas Special dessert recipes this month. Will definitely share my favourites here in the blog. Keep watching 🙂

While browsing through the blog, I realized I haven’t updated any cupcake or muffin recipe so far. To be honest, muffins are one of my favourite things to bake. There is always something special about homemade muffins.  They are great to have stored in the freezer for quick and easy breakfast during busy mornings! Making these muffins is easy. It takes about 40 minutes from start to finish, and it’s a one-bowl recipe. Less the dishes, the merrier!

Nutella Muffins

Nutella muffins are one of my favourites. During the initial months of baking, Nutella was one ingredient that I often used while baking. Later, I reduced the intake of Nutella but once in a while I do get tempted to include it in my muffins and bread.  Today was one such day. 😀
Let me tell you something! These Nutella Muffins are heavenly. Chocolate and hazelnuts in rich, decadent nut butter. Isn’t that tempting?
Let me warn you!  You will not be able to stop eating these Nutella Muffins once you start.

Main Ingredients

Nutella Muffins

How to make Nutella Muffins?

The Nutella Muffins are mixed up in just a few minutes with the usual creaming of oil and sugar, then adding eggs, vanilla, milk. Finally, the dry ingredients go in.
You can make the muffin mixture by hand, but I used a stand mixer here. Once the batter is ready, distribute half of it evenly into the muffin cases & add a spoonful of Nutella on top. Add the remaining batter evenly on top of the Nutella. Finally, add another spoon of Nutella on top of the batter and swirl a little using a toothpick and they are ready to bake. Basically, we are trying to stuff the Nutella in the muffins.

The most important thing while making muffins is not over mixing the batter. The muffins may turn dense and hard. Make sure you distribute the batter evenly. This ensures that all of the muffins are the same size.

Nutella Muffins

Also, bake until a tester comes out clean. If you are unsure if they are properly cooked, take a metal skewer and put it into the centre of the muffin. When you pull out the skewer it should be clean with maybe a few crumbs on it. If there is any batter on your skewer, bake the Nutella Muffins in the oven for a few more minutes. Let them cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 

How to freeze Nutella muffins

I always freeze leftover muffins. They last in the freezer for a couple of months. To freeze the muffins, wait till they come to room temperature completely. Once cooled, store them using a freezer-safe container or bag. Once frozen, when you want to serve the muffins, microwave each muffin for around 30 seconds or let them thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours.

Nutella Muffins

Tips & Suggestions

Make sure the Nutella is in a melted consistency while adding to the muffins. In case the Nutella has hardened, melt it in the microwave for around 15-20 seconds and then add it to the muffins.

These Nutella Muffins are best eaten when fresh out of the oven. However, to enjoy them later, simply heat them in the microwave for less than 20 seconds to make the stuffed Nutella slightly gooey.

Using fresh, good quality baking powder is very important!

Make sure to use any neutral flavoured oil. Oil gives a very moist crumb. In case you prefer, you can use butter in place of oil.

Also, make sure you grease the muffin pan well. If using muffin liners, make sure to use good quality muffin liners !

This recipe makes a great base for lots of other muffin flavours. For a healthier touch add in blueberries, bananas, raspberries, etc. You could also add chocolate chips in place of Nutella. Apart from Nutella, any hazelnut spread, peanut butter, jam can be used in this recipe.

Nutella Muffins

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Moist and soft homemade muffins with a generous addition of Nutella. You just can't stop eating these fabulous muffins!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Baked, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast Muffins, Breakfast Recipe, Dessert, Easy Muffins, Muffins, Nutella Muffins
Servings: 8 muffins
Author: Gayathri Vijayakumar

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/2 cup Milk at room temperature
  • Nutella 8 tsp for filling + 8 tsp for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  • Grease the muffin cups or line the muffin tray with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl of an electric or stand mixer, mix oil and sugar together until combined. Mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and milk. Slowly add in flour, baking powder and salt. Do not overmix. Stir until it is combined.
  • Spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each muffin cavity. Top it with 1 teaspoon Nutella in the center and spoon another tablespoon of batter on top of the Nutella.
  • Again, spoon 1 tsp of Nutella on top of the batter. Use a toothpick, knife, or bamboo skewer to swirl the Nutella.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove muffins from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Cool completely. Serve.
  • Store in an air tight container. Muffins stay fresh in room temperature upto 1 week.

Notes

The recipe can be doubled. Extra muffins can be frozen for later. Muffins freeze well for 2-3 months. Store them in a freezer-safe container. 
Instead of all-purpose flour, you may use whole wheat flour or half whole wheat flour/half all-purpose flour.
Baking Powder is the only leavening agent used in this recipe. It is important to use fresh baking powder for the best results. 
I have used 1/2 cup sugar since Nutella is already too sweet. If you are using something not so sweet in place of Nutella, you can add 3/4 cup sugar.