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Surprise Muffins and a Giveaway

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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World Nutella Day is on February 5th and this is a chance for everyone to eat nutella in any shape or form! Please join all of us and find some nutella, plain or making something fancy.

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Homemade Nutella

Can it really be possible?

Does it taste the same as actual Nutella?

Yes and No.

Yes, you can make a yummy chocolate-hazelnut spread that melts in your mouth with every sweet bite. No, it doesn’t taste the same, it is better!

Chocolate + Hazelnuts = Spreadable goodness.

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The recipe is very basic and flexible. If you really want to taste the hazelnuts, add more. If you want it to be more chocolatey and sweet, add more chocolate and sugar.

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Homemade Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread: (Makes approximately 2 cups)
2 cups hazelnuts, cleaned and toasted
3/4 cup powdered sugar, or more for sweeter
1/4 cup dark or regular cocoa
4-5 pieces dark chocolate cocoa bar, chopped
Splash of vanilla 
A few drops of coconut, walnut, or canola oil, only if needed to process smoother (depending on your hazelnuts) And/or a few drops of milk or warm water
Food process the warm, toasted nuts until they become very fine, soft, and slightly clumping together. At this point, add the cocoa, sugar, chocolate, and vanilla; process a few times to mix thoroughly. If and when the mix is too thick, add some drops of oil. Again, this is a very flexible recipe. All you need to keep consistent is the texture, which should be rich and creamy.  If the flavor is too strong or mixture too thick, add a few drops of milk or warm water, this will quickly smooth your spread so be careful not to add too much. 

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This spreadable goodness is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G on bananas!!!! It can be spread on anything, almost. It is great on fresh bread, apples, biscuits, crackers, oatmeal, and so much more. 
Will make two small jars or one larger jar. I like to divide into two jars, keeping one in the fridge and one in the cupboard. 
          
You won’t regret trying this at home. The only tricky part is maybe making it your first time, I made a huge mess in my kitchen. HUGE. Luckily, I think it was just the first time experiment of perfecting the recipe. One time under your belt and it will become easy breezy. 
I only wish that you could scratch and sniff or better yet, touch and taste!

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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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