Surprise Muffins and a Giveaway

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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
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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!
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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!
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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 icon smile Surprise Muffins and a Giveaway
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:
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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!


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62 Responses to “Surprise Muffins and a Giveaway”

  • I cannot see the widget but would love to enter your contest…….and YUM on the Nutella filled cupcakes!!

  • Laura:

    I think the real giveaway here is your recipe!

  • Deanna and Gary:

    I love all Greek food and your giveaway is awesome! I'm gona try the nutella filled muffins. FUN!

  • Danielle:

    banana nutella muffins AND a giveaway!?!?! best post yet :)

  • Jenna:

    UGH I miss real Greek olive oil!!!! It would be such a treat, with those wonderful spices!!!

  • Lisa Ann:

    Wow, I would love to win this wonderful giveaway!! Greek Food is Fantastic!

  • CL:

    I love your blog! Baklava = BakLOVEa

  • erin:

    oh falafel how i love you.

  • Adriana:

    i love spanakopita!

  • claudia_rose07:

    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).

  • Hopewell:

    Count me in please!

  • Diane in Richmond, Virginia:

    Would love to try all the products – especially the Greek Oregano! Safe travels & have a wonderful trip! Kali Orexi!

  • Carina Hernandez:

    My favorite Greek food is a tie between lemon potatoes and grape leaf wraps!

  • Samantha:

    Mmmm…Greek olive oil! Hubby and I tried some once from Zingerman's and have been hooked ever since!

  • Anonymous:

    Yummy! I love all Greek Food. My sister-n-law will be visiting in June. I am sooooo jealous.

    Judy R from Kentucky

  • Alex:

    would love this!

  • Sasha:

    Dolmas for sure! I can't get enough!

  • Blake:


  • Jen:

    I love using salts from around the world! And, a shout out for baklava – a weakness of mine.

  • Bernadetta:

    Gyros of course :)

  • Ms. Lollipop:

    I can't see the widgets, but I'd love for a chance to win!

    catharine.ellie [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Rachel:

    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 :)

  • Space Monkey 1138:

    I have never had the opportunity to try Greek food, so I don't know what I like yet! I'd love to try some!

  • jeff:

    I'll enjoy any Greek food cooked by Jacquline. See you soon

  • Tina:

    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

  • Natalie:

    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.

  • Anonymous:

    I love stuffed tomatoes and peppers.Lucy from SC

  • MandyM:

    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!

  • Hatti:

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

  • Sharon:


  • Anonymous:

    This sounds great. I'm making it my goal to try recipes from different cultures.

    Melody J

  • Heidi Steenblik:

    Gyros are my fave! I know they're super generic, but I haven't had a ton of experience with anything else- which is why I'm super excited to try the recipes on here!

  • CL:

    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. :)

  • Lisa:

    Gyros! I love them so much I had one at an Italian restaurant last night. Their sauce needed some help, though.

  • Sophie's Mom:

    Oh my gosh, this package would make my decade! I had access o authentic stuff years ago, but now have to settle.

  • Jenny Erikson:


  • Marnely Rodriguez:

    I adore Greek food and this is such a great giveaway! :)

  • Aria:

    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…

  • Ilse:

    Wow!!! That all looks so wonderful. I would love to be able to make some homemade Greek food with ingredients form Greece.

  • Rob and Corrie:

    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!

  • Linda:

    I love Greek Salad and baklava…..

  • Maria:

    I love all greek food!!! But if I had to choose, I'd pick the traditional horiatiki salad…so fresh and amazing!

  • Sandy:

    The sea-salt looks divine! Thanks for the opportunity to win a great giveaway.

  • Dana:

    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. :)

  • Samantha:

    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!

  • Sarah:

    I love moussaka!

  • *amberlynn:

    Baklava or moussaka! It's a tie!

  • Anna:

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

  • Meena:

    I can't see the widget-so I'll leave a comment.

    Sesame seed bar-my mouth is already drooling!

  • dragonflywoman:

    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?…

  • rette5991:

    The only experience with Greek food I had was at a party, and I have no idea what I had, only that it was all wonderful. =)

  • Anna Fulton:

    I absolutely LOVE falafel. Simply can't get enough of it in my life.

  • cindi:

    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 :)

  • Tiffany:

    Ok…I love rizogalo and eliopsimo!!!

  • Michelle:

    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.

  • slip4:

    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!

  • EMM:

    I really enjoy pougouri and a simple tiropita. Bourekia are also wonderful!

  • Kate:

    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?)

  • Tiffany:

    Bougatsa and Spanikopita!!! It is a major toss up. I love them both…oh and Greek Salad…

  • Beren:

    Well of course baklava and I absolutely love pastichio! Yum! I really just love everything :)

  • Kelly W.:

    I love trigona, gyros, and saganaki!!!

  • D:

    Love gyros!

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Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)


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