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I made this with one person in mind.

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And that one person is four years old.

Of course right now would be the time she would jump in and say “Yeah Tiegy, but I’ll be five on August 30th”.

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You guys, five years old.

Seriously, how in the heck did that happen. It seems like just yesterday I was fifteen and thinking about things like getting my learners permit and summer vacation ending. Okay fine, some of you may say it was just yesterday, but really time flies and my gosh I feel like a totally different person than my unconfident fifteen year old self.

I know I may still have a lot of life to live and lessons to learn, but I feel I have come a long way. I never would have thought back then that I would be through with school, writing a food blog and cooking my butt off day in and out.

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It is still kind of crazy when I really sit and think about it.

But we’ll talk more about that another day. Today’s all about these muffins and my best friend heading off to her first day of kindergarten tomorrow.

And trust me, it is a full day.

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School starts at 8:45am and goes all the way till 3:55pm.

Gesh, that’s a long day! Oh, but this one has no fear and no nerves. It’s all excitement!

Asher and I? Yeah, we could not be more different.

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She is jumping out of her skin excited.

She has been counting down the days for weeks, picked out her prettiest first day outfit and packed up all her new and exciting school supplies in her new (and so cheesy) pink Barbie (yes Barbie) backpack.

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Since you know I am her very favorite sister I thought I’d make her some muffins with her absolute favorite thing.

Nutella!

Seriously, is Nutella every kid’s favorite?

Oh and yeah, I am her only sister so she has no choice……and I like it that way! She’s got five brothers and everyday she has a different favorite. But everyday when I ask her who her favorite sister is it is always “Tiegy!”.

Love. That.

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About these muffins.

Yes, they are whole wheat and yes, they are mixed with mashed banana and yes, they are also mixed with shredded zucchini. So yes, I am calling these a healthy after school snack.

But chocolate is a health food around here…….as I feel it should be everywhere, but to each their own!

The official taste tester LOVES these. In fact she has demanded I make them again.

Nutella Stuffed Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana and Zucchini Muffins | halfbakedharvest.com

Nutella Stuffed Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana and Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 24 Muffins
Calories Per Serving: 127 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with muffin cups. You can also make 24 mini muffins. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together bananas, zucchini, peanut butter, oil, egg, vanilla and brown sugar. A stand mixer can be used to beat the wet ingredients.
  • Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir or mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Fold in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into prepared muffin pan. Fill 1/2 the way up or just under that, Drop 1 teaspoon of Nutella on top of each muffin. Spoon more batter over the Nutella, filling the cups 3/4 the way full. Add a teaspoon more of Nutella on top and swirl with a knife or toothpick. Do the same for mini muffins. Bake 20 to 25 minutes (10-12 for mini) or until lightly browned on top.
  • Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges of the muffin pan with a knife and remove, transferring muffins to a cooling rack.

Notes

For high altitude add one teaspoon baking powder.
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For her entire class…. I guess it’s a good thing they are quick and easy!

 

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  1. These have some great flavors in them! I remember the first day back to school. I actually remember my first day of school EVER, and being so incredibly excited for it!

  2. Peanut butter muffins just sound RIGHT… and with the addition of Nutella, I might be in love. SO beautiful!

  3. So sweet of you to make these for your sister, they look incredible! Love the Nutella swirl on top!

  4. How sweet that you made muffins for your little sister. And you made them healthy. They look fabulous!

  5. Aw…I would be jumping up and down too! What a great sister you are! These look like the perfect treat.

  6. Your sister sounds adorable! I remember how exciting it was to head to school when I was younger–heck, I even got excited about it a bit in college. Mostly because I am obsessed with school supplies, haha.

    Love how you added healthy additions like zucchini and mashed banana–they still look totally indulgent! 🙂 I want one!!

  7. Ok, seriously, how sweet is this? I love that you made them for your little sister 🙂

  8. Awww such a sweet back-to-school treat for your sister! These sound amazing – and definitely packed with enough good stuff to be called healthy in my book!

  9. Oh my gosh. LOVE The nutella in the middle! And the banana, zucchini combo! These must get in my belly, like, STAT.

  10. I have a banana-zuke bread recipe but have never done it as muffins. Or with Nutella. GREAT idea! And the swirls remind me of smiley faces. These are truly the happiest little muffins 🙂 Love em. And happy bday to the lil one!