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Or are these cupcakes? A puffin or a muffcake. Either way you bake it, they are love in a liner. After making roast pumpkin and kale lasagna last week, I had a bowl of leftover pumpkin puree that needed to get used up so I decided to jump on the pumpkin train and bake something sweet. I contemplated cookies, or quick bread and even french toast but none of them were speaking to me.

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What was speaking to me was the half jar of chocolate-hazelnut spread in the fridge. *Gasp* It wasn’t even Nutella. Is was a knock off. So sue me. I picked up an organic fair trade hazelnut version from Whole Foods. Just as tasty and dare I say a better choice? It’s no secret that Nutella is good in just about anything so I had zero hesitation when I decided to add a teaspoon of the chocolate nutty goodness to the center of each muffin. The end result was nothing short of awesome.

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I have two “go to” pumpkin quick bread recipes. The one I’m sharing today uses whole wheat flour, agave nectar and orange juice to sweeten this not to sweet muffin. The batter produces a moist, nutty flavored muffin. The perfect complement to the chocolatey center.

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These muffins freeze well and are perfect to throw in a lunch box or serve as an after school snack. Which, of course, is only a theory because we didn’t have any to freeze or eat as an afternoon snack.

What’s your favorite way to bake with pumpkin?

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11 Responses to Nutella Pumpkin Muffins

  1. J.J. says:

    Holy wow…I’m going to need a little Rick Astley to get the thoughts of those out of my head…

  2. Erin says:

    Oh I bet this is a delicious combination!

  3. These sound fantastic, Kelley. Knock-off or not, you just can’t beat the combination of chocolate and hazelnut. I’ll bet these were a hit with your kids!

  4. Annalise says:

    I don’t even like pumpkin, but these sure sound perfect. May have to try them anyway!

  5. Maria says:

    I make pumpkin Nutella bread every year and it is always a hit! Love the muffin idea!

  6. Kalyn says:

    Do you believe I’ve never tasted Nutella! But I’m pretty sure these must taste amazing.

  7. Deborah says:

    This sounds like an awesome combination!!

  8. I have some nutella just waiting for this recipe 🙂

  9. Oh goodness, pumpkin AND nutella [same dif], goodbye self control.

  10. Maurena says:

    These are great! Thanks for sharing. The past two couple of recipes of yours I left, as is, with excellent results. I usually tweak my recipes to make them more healthy, but these sounded too good to change. I’m glad I didn’t.

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