Nutella For Breakfast Muffins

There was a single moment today, driving in the car with the whole family, windows down, wind flying across our faces and I realized I could stay right there in that moment forever. It was simple perfection.

Why do I work so hard for the grandiose, glittering moments, with clean kitchen floors and children in matching clothing, when those are so rarely the moments that matter? It is pajama pants and wind-mussed hair, children breathing sleepily in the back seat of the car, puppy curled in the arms of an eight-year old, husband nodding to tunes on the radio that I want to pause and stop and permanently tattoo on my heart.

Over my last three years as a food blogger, I’ve watched food and photos go from the homey to the ridiculous. Nowadays we, with our visual responses and ever expanding palates, want stuffed cookies and seven colors of cake. I get more traffic on absurdly complex desserts that I do on simple, fresh, healthy foods. Count me in as part of the problem. In an attempt to keep up with the reactionary state of the web, I’ve made all sorts of absurd foods, then (gasp!) tossed them into the garbage can because my own children think they are nappy. Too much sugar. Too much food coloring. They want simple as much as my mind craves it.

So, I’m starting a 3-day green juice fast today, to combat that bloated, over-eaten feeling which comes after days and days of eating pizza and cupcakes and other such nappy treats. It’s time to reset. Time to remember what it feels like to have this body clean and simple. Have you ever green juice fasted before? Would love your insights. I’ve finished off the Master Cleanse with great results, but do NOT have it in me to drink lemonade and saline rinses for ten days straight.

And now you’re definitely wondering how I can mention green juice fasting then toss you a recipe for breakfast muffins oozing with  mound of hot Nutella? Well, I can because this idea of simplicity is totally reflected in these muffins. Simplicity of a different kind, of course. No organic kale or spicy broccoli sprouts in these muffins. Just basic ingredients that bake into lovely, nice muffins in no time at all.

Because, after all, rainbow cake is nice, but pure, plain, and totally ordinary is so much better.

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Eat Nutella for Breakfast Muffins

These simple muffins are the best recipe I've ever turned out for muffins. They are soft, sweet, moist, and totally perfect. Like, really, really perfect. You know why? Because they're topped with a heap of Nutella and ready in less than 20 minutes. Brills!

Ingredients:

1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Nut & Butter flavoring (optional)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Nutella
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt with 1 tablespoon sparkling sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together the egg, oil, sugar, flour, baking powder, soda, and vanilla flavorings until smooth. Beat in the buttermilk, then spoon a small amount of the batter into the bottom of a muffin tin lined with a cupcake wrapper. Sprinkle a small amount of the salt & sparkling sugar mixture on top of each muffin.

Bake in preheated oven for 17-19 minutes, or just until the center of the muffins spring back when touched lightly with your finger. Remove and cool slightly. Use a small ice cream scoop or spoon to hollow out a teensy part of the center of each muffin. Scoop a good amount of Nutella into the center of each muffin. Eat your heart out!

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13 Responses to “Nutella For Breakfast Muffins”

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    becca on June 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Amen! I love to look at the pretty desserts but what I end up making off of most food blogs are the simple and easy recipes that taste good and I can feel good about feeding my family.

    A lot of times I look at the beautiful desserts on blog but I never make them because odds are-well-let’s just say-mine may taste good but they never look that pretty!

    Gotta say-my favorite Cheeky recipes lately has been your Lemon shallot salmon and puffy cheddar roasted potatoes (both of which were a HUGE hit with my daughter!)

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    Katrina on June 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm Reply

    I have a huge container of Nutella on my desk just waiting to be baked with! Thanks for this. I needed inspiration.

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    Blog is the New Black on June 27, 2011 at 3:36 am Reply

    Nutella for breakfast?! SOLD!

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    peachkins on June 27, 2011 at 5:48 am Reply

    Oh my gosh! I am addicted to nutella!! I’ll bookmark this and make this next week…

    Thanks for the recipe..

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    SIngapore Tours on June 27, 2011 at 6:55 am Reply

    That’s look so delicious

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    Sondra on June 27, 2011 at 8:39 am Reply

    Love it! Will def be trying this!

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    Renae on June 27, 2011 at 10:52 am Reply

    Are you juicing your own fruits and veggies for your cleanse or using something pre-made? Love to hear about your recipe and/or results! I’ve been pondering this as well and the Master Cleanse just sounds nasty.

    • Brooke replied: — June 29th, 2011 @ 12:03 am

      I had to put my cleanse on hold, but will be sure to share more about it when I do it! I plan to juice my own fruits and veggies. Fresh is best, in my opinion, and that’s the best way to get it 100% as fresh as possible!

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    Elle on June 28, 2011 at 1:20 am Reply

    Hi nice recipe, thanks.. Would love to know more about 3 days green juice fast, becoz I need to do that too, for cleansing body from parasytes and all past toxin :D ( its also good for tinnitus treatment)..can you share the recipe for 3 day juice cleansing fast?

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    anna on June 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm Reply

    ooo so lovely. i am part of this problem too, i was totally bowled over by your beautiful rainbow cake! :) these look fantastic though, and the recipe seems so versatile, you could make any kind of wonderful muffin with these as a base! good luck on your cleanse!

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    Ashley on June 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Brilliant! While I love the fancy, it oftentimes doesn’t fit into my hectic schedule of a day. This…this I can do!

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    Angie @ BigBearsWife on July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm Reply

    I love making pretty desserts too. I try not to eat a lot of them tho. I usally give them away to friends or donate them to homeless shelters or the food banks.

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    Eileen on January 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Oh boy! I plan on making the pumpkin banana bread, but, when we go camping, (and sometimes at home) we make buttermilk pancakes, with strawberries and Nutella. We become the most popular camp site, even more popular than ‘im with the band’ which we are also.

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