Surprise Muffins and a Giveaway

Unique and Special
Today, I have something very special for you… maybe you have tried it before and maybe you haven’t; maybe you will like the combination and maybe you won’t, but without further delay I present to you (Drum roll, please) Mini Banana Muffins filled with Nutella andGreek Giveaway
These mini muffins were such a hit with everyone who tasted them, even if they weren’t a huge fan of nutella to begin with. I used my simple and healthier banana bread recipe from here, and simply injected some nutella straight into the middles once they were cool! This particular banana bread recipe is pretty light anyway, so with the addition of nutella and the banana flavor these went from being good to jumping off the charts! Seriously, if you are like me and you love to pair nutella with almost anything, including for many years now bananas, you might just not be able to stand every eating them plain again. If you do not have a kitchen tool that can be used to inject the nutella, swirl it straight into the batter. The results will be different, but the chocolate swirl of nutella and banana bread will hopefully still rock your world! 
Banana Bread Mini-Muffins filled with Nutella Recipe: 

Makes 1 loaf, 6 mini loaves, muffins or mini-muffins

1 cup bananas (~2 cups), mashed
1/2 cup plain yogurt (I use Greek yogurt)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 oil (canola or olive oil is healthiest)
1/2 – 3/4 cup sugars (I use 1/4 brown, 1/4 cup white)
1 lg. egg or 2 lg. egg whites, beaten
1-2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour (I use 1 c. whole wheat, 1/2 cup AP)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
*Oats to sprinkle on top, optional. 
I like the oatmeal because I do not like banana bread the next day if the top is moist and soft, I think the oats help! 

Preheat oven to 350° (180° C), and line or butter your loaf pan. In a small bowl, mix the mashed bananas, yogurt, and baking soda, then set aside. In a larger bowl, beat oil and sugars, slowly adding egg, then vanilla. I use a sifter, adding all of my dry ingredients and slowly adding 1/3 of the mix to the sugar mixture. Next, fold in 1/2 of the yogurt/banana mix, alternating with flour until everything is just moistened. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 35-45 minutes, watching carefully not to burn the top. If the top begins to burn, use a foil tent to cover and continue baking. Cool on wire rack in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan, continuing to cool completely.
Simple as that and you are ready to enjoy a wonderful new delight!

But enough already about bananas and nutella and mini muffins, I am also very incredibly excited to announce Seemingly Greek’s FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! 

Let me preface this with the fact that I am sponsoring this giveaway and all products were bought and will be shipped by me, I am not such a hot shot (yet) that anyone has contacted me to review or giveaway their any of their products, but my fingers are still crossed and I am waiting by my email :) 
I leave for the USA in exactly 8 days, and if the winner is American I will be taking it with me and mailing it to you from there; if the winner lives in Europe, I will proceed to mail from Greece! Here is a picture and description of what will be included this time: 
From left bottom to right: a soft sesame seed bar, a small bottle of olive oil, a bag of thick, seasoned salt, a lavender scented bar of olive soap, a vacuum sealed bag of black olives, a bag of souvlaki meat seasoning, and a bag of dried  Greek oregano. ALL products are produced and packaged here in Lesvos, Greece and are of highest quality! 
How does that sound? Are you excited and eager to win?
I was going to include more items but my budget quickly prevented me, so that just means we will have another giveaway in the future with various other Greek products! All you have to do to enter to win is follow the instructions in the widget below: the deadline is May 27th at midnight and the winner will be announced on the 28th. 
One entry for each step of the widget you complete (total of 4+) or if you cannot see the widget or you do not have facebook or are not comfortable accepting an application with your facebook, please leave a comment below this post for a chance to win!

61 thoughts on “Surprise Muffins and a Giveaway

  1. Ooh, that's a hard one. Fasoulokeftedes are a staple in my house…but that's because they're quick and easy. Maybe saragli? And let's be honest; I could probably eat a gallon of tzatziki, too. (Um, maybe it's time to go back to Greece?)

  2. For some reason, my computer isn't showing the widget you referred to so I will just leave a comment. I love Greek food (esp gyros) and often eat it when dining out. But you have inspired me to try to make it myself and we are enjoying it!

  3. My favorite food is kasseri with olives and bread for breakfast! Also, kalamarakia! And my grandmother's avgolemono!Dessert? I'm a sucker for koulourakia and kourambiedes.

  4. I can't seem to see this widgit thingie, so here's my comment. Easter lamb from the spit, triopitas, pastistio…most anything greek. and…I could really use some Pastistio pasta when you come to the states :)

  5. Hi. My name is Chris, and I am a gyro addict. I could eat them everyday for every meal and be the happiest person in the world. But I also love avgolemono soup and vegetarian dolmathes. Combine all three together and I am in absolute heaven!I would love to win, but the widgets aren't working for me! I use Chrome as my browser, so maybe that's the issue?…

  6. Tough question! Ummm I'm going to say a Greek salad (tomatoes, olives, cucumber and feta w/ oil and vinegar) and pork souvlaki.

  7. I love Greece! Was hoping when I saw the title you'd be offering a chance to visit :)Wishful thinking! I made Gyro's last night, with falafel. Yummmm :)All of these ingredients look so good!

  8. I can't see the widget either, so I love every Greek thing I have tried, it's a tough decision. :) I always get the greek salad and a side of dolmas though. Hey, I would be the best choice, I'm IN Texas, postage would be WAY cheaper. :)

  9. Widget's not showing up for me…but those ingredients look fun! I love doing homemade Greek food {pita, hummus, "Greek" salads…}. And my hubby loves it when I do!

  10. Went to Greece last summer for my honeymoon and just used up my supply of all of those wonderful items I bought at farmstands to bring home :(You're site makes me think of my Greek childhood and my amazing honeymoon….where I wish I was….right now. Sitting watching the caldera and sunset eating a fresh salad…

  11. I love your blog because it is so happy and sweet (and reminds me of my beautiful visit to Greece). I love Greek food and have been learning more Greek recipes! Baklava is divine. :)

  12. can't see the widget thing….guessing the question is about Greek food! Love it – olives, feta….and my favourite Spanakopita!

  13. Where to begin? My mom's Greek so I have a lot of favourites that she (and I!) make.Pastitsio, moussaka, souvlakia, keftedes, dolmades, skorthalia (although I eat that as a dish rather than just a seafood sauce ;) ) koulouria…. Pretty much all of it really!

  14. My favorite greek food is anything you made for me :) or those yummy gyros. But if I had to choose one it would be tza tziki. And ice cream.

  15. Just discovered your blog not long ago and love it!Guess what I am going to bake next weekend. This sounds SO yummy! I love PB-Nutella-banana sandwiches, so I this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!Oh and the giveaway set sounds just great. I do love greek food (as far as the Greek restaurants over here do real Greek cuisine) – when I still ate meat I liked lamb a lot as well as Moussaka, and I like the Greek yoghurt with honey.Tina in Germany

  16. Mousaka! My boyfriend's family is Greek and his mother is an amazing cook! I'd LOVE to win the giveaway and impress my new big fat greek family :)

  17. I love Greek food. I would love to visit and have some authentic stuff. I just discovered your blog, but I love it already (especially this post!! -even if it is not too Greek).

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