Jorge likes bananas as much as I like sugary kid cereal, glittery eyeshadow, Sex & The City reruns and shoe sales — all combined. No seriously, that is how much he loves bananas. So making these Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins was a no brainer. Bananas for him — Nutella for me.
When we first met, he was having a party at his apartment and he ate a banana while drinking a beer. I have no idea if he remembers this, but it firmly stuck in my mind as one of the weirdest combinations I had ever seen.
However a few weeks later, he topped the Banana & Beer special when he had his spaghetti with a side of banana. And yes, a side of banana is the correct term. He actually put the banana on the side of his plate — almost right on top of his spaghetti. And ate bites of it in-between bites of spaghetti. It was horrifying and made my eating habits seem perfectly normal.
So it should come as no surprise, that bananas are a constant thing in our house. Usually they are always eaten before they become overripe, but since Jorge travels a lot for work, sometimes the bananas go bad (or is it go better, since you can make yummy things with them like these Coconut Banana Crunch Muffins and Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes?).
Jorge got home on Friday from a work trip to South Carolina and I had a bunch of bananas that were way more brown than yellow. And that could only mean one thing, Banana Dream Cake or Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins. Since Jorge and I didn’t need a whole layer cake just for ourselves, the muffins won this round.
These Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins are one of my absolute favorite ways to use up overripe bananas. Obviously they are tasty (hello, banana + Nutella = match made in heaven), but they also can be whipped up in under 30 minutes from start to finish. Total win-win in my book.