Easy Nutella Muffins

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Kaili loves to cook—from comfort food to fine cuisine—and was the recipient of a silver medal in a food and wine matching competition.

Nutella muffins warm from the oven
Nutella muffins warm from the oven | Source

World Nutella Day

Yes, there is such a thing. Ever since its inception in 2007, World Nutella Day has been celebrated annually on February 5th. This nod to all things Nutella was originally started by an American food blogger and has since been taken over by the brand itself.

Imagine waking up on such a joyous morning to find that you have a jar of Nutella on hand (whew!) but not enough flour to make muffins. Fear not, muffin lovers—cake mix to the rescue!

But first, let me tell you where I first encountered Nutella muffins.

A Nutella muffin smuggled home from Italy. They even used Nutella paper liners.
A Nutella muffin smuggled home from Italy. They even used Nutella paper liners. | Source

Venetian Holiday

My inspiration for these muffins began during a holiday in Venice, Italy. The magnificent Hilton Molino Stucky we stayed in actually had a "Piazzetta Nutella," where you could find all sorts of scrumptious Nutella creations. The menu listed crepes, hot chocolate and waffles, plus a dessert of the day. All this was available from 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily. During the off-season, when the Piazzetta is closed, you can still find Nutella treats in the Rialto lobby bar.

Fresh Nutella muffins are also a menu staple at breakfast in the Il Molino restaurant. This is where I began my love affair with Nutella muffins. I even brought a few home and stuck them in the freezer for a snowy day.

You Can Use Cake Mix for Muffins?

Yes you can! Muffins just require a thicker batter, so you need to add less liquid than is called for on the cake mix box, plus a bit of flour and baking powder.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: One dozen large muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 box cake mix (I recommend French Vanilla)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water or milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (Canola is good and light)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 12 Tbsp Nutella
  • 2 Tbsp chopped hazlenuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Using a fork, mix the cake mix, flour and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  3. Break the eggs directly into the same bowl, then pour in the water (or milk) and vegetable oil and stir everything together until it is well mixed. Don't worry if it is slightly lumpy. Now stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Fill each muffin cup about half full, then spoon a generous amount of Nutella into each (about 1 Tbsp). Spoon some more batter on top until each muffin cup is almost full. Top with chopped hazelnuts (optional).
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes on the middle rack of your oven. They are done when the tops are nice and golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the side of the muffin (so you don't poke the Nutella filling) comes out dry.
  6. Let them cool on a rack for about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy while warm and the Nutella filling is slightly runny.

Photo Guide

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Just a few ingredients are needed to make these muffins.One bowl is all you need. Stir all the ingredients together with a fork.Don't forget the chocolate chips!Fill the muffin cups about half full, then add the Nutella and top with more batter.
Just a few ingredients are needed to make these muffins.
Just a few ingredients are needed to make these muffins. | Source
One bowl is all you need. Stir all the ingredients together with a fork.
One bowl is all you need. Stir all the ingredients together with a fork. | Source
Don't forget the chocolate chips!
Don't forget the chocolate chips! | Source
Fill the muffin cups about half full, then add the Nutella and top with more batter.
Fill the muffin cups about half full, then add the Nutella and top with more batter. | Source
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Did your kids enjoy these muffins?

3 stars from 2 ratings of Nutella Muffins

Preparing the Muffin Tins

I still like to do it the old-fashioned way, with a light coating of butter and flour. But you can also use liners made with parchment paper or store-bought liners.

Additional Cake Mix Muffin Recipes

Using cake mix to make muffins is so easy, and there are so many ways you can customize your muffins. Be sure to follow the directions provided for the Nutella muffin batter above by adding a little flour, baking powder and less liquid than is called for on the cake mix box. You want the batter to be a little thicker than a regular cake batter, so it can support things like Nutella, chocolate chips, fruit and other goodies.

Cake Mix Muffin Ideas

  • Chocolate Muffins: Use chocolate cake mix and add one cup of chocolate chips.
  • Lemon Poppyseed Muffins: Use lemon cake mix and add 1 Tbsp poppyseeds. Sprinkle a pinch more poppyseeds on top before baking.
  • Strawberry Muffins: Use strawberry cake mix and fill the muffin cups half full. Place half a fresh sliced strawberry on the batter then top with more batter.
  • French Raspberry Muffins: Use French vanilla cake mix and add a couple of fresh raspberries into the cups when half full, then top with more batter and garnish with another raspberry.
  • S'more Muffins: Use chocolate cake mix and add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup mini marshmallows cut into halves. Fill muffin cups half full, then sprinkle on a layer of graham cracker crumbs and top with more batter.

What other cake mix muffin ideas come to mind? Let me know what your favorites are in the comments below.

Nutrition information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Muffin
Calories 510
Calories from Fat189
% Daily Value *
Fat 21 g32%
Saturated fat 6 g30%
Sugar 37 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2017 Kaili Bisson

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    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      4 weeks ago from Canada

      Hello Liza and you are welcome,

      Nutella is one of my guilty pleasures. Well, maybe not so guilty... :-)

    • lizmalay profile image

      Liza 

      5 weeks ago from USA

      Who doesn't love Nutella. I have used Nutella in numerous baked goods. I have to try making this Nutella muffins. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      6 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Appears delicious. Must try sometime. Thanks.

    • Angel Harper profile image

      Angel Harper 

      22 months ago

      Wow! That looks delicious and Nutella is my weakness - I'll definitely be trying this!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      3 years ago from Canada

      I just made some more Nutella treats, so stay tuned for a new recipe I'm sure your daughter will enjoy!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      My daughter is a sucker for Nutella. This will definitely be tried! Yum!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      3 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome. I am hoping to post another Nutella recipe soon.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious and I like the idea of filling in Nutella in the muffins. Great idea and I would love to try this.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Hi Alicia, you are so welcome. I just love Nutella, though I try to limit how much of it I eat...too easy to get carried away!

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      As soon as I saw the word "Nutella" in the title of this article I knew I had to read it! The muffins look delicious. I love the sound of the additions, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Kaili.

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Hi peachpurple...ha! Yes, and they are so good when they are warm and the Nutella is like hot fudge :-)

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oh you are so clever my dear!

      Nutella for the fillings, better than spreading on the bread itself!

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      HI Kaili. I will maybe next month, when I head to Target.

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Hi Kristen. Glad you enjoyed this. Go grab some tins and get baking :-)

    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Love this recipe. I love Nutella too. I would love to make them, when I get some muffin tins. Thanks for sharing.

    • Kaili Bisson profile imageAUTHOR

      Kaili Bisson 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Hi Coffeequeeen and thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Cake mix muffins are a snap!

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      Louise Powles 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, England

      Omg I love muffins, and these sound delicious. I'm definitely going to try making these!

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