Friday, March 14, 2008

Nutella Banana Muffins...in pink

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I’ve always been a girly-girl. Whether by nature, by nurture, or by fate, my internal compass always points to an undeniably feminine North. Pink is my favorite color (well, pink and gold actually). As a child, I loved dolls. Yes, Barbie, I’m not ashamed to admit. I collect ribbons. I love earrings…especially ones long enough brush my shoulders. I owned a hoop skirt when I was a kid…and I used to prance around the garden in it, pretending to be Scarlett O’hara.

It could be argued that I am absolutely and positively awful at anything athletic, thus leaving me no choice but to be girly or be scorned, but I think my intentions were sincere.

There were times though that I hid it. I hid it under black clothes and loud music and sarcasm. But still. It lived and it thrived. It would not be denied.

Then one fine day, somewhere in between the angst of adolescence and the cusp of adulthood, I realized: I’m girly and I don’t care what anyone thinks! Pink is my favorite color! PINK is my favorite color!!!

You know what I discovered then? You can be girly and pink and Barbie…and also be rock and smudged black eyeliner and sharp wit. In this day and age, we can have our cake and eat it too!

And if you know your way around the kitchen, that takes on a deliciously literal aspect.

Case in point: Let’s say you like bananas and banana bread. You also like Nutella and anything with Nutella…especially cupcakes. Plus, you want to use your pink cake stand and pink argyle cupcake liners.

No problem.

I knew I had to make these Nutella Banana Muffins as soon as I saw the recipe on Delicious Days. It has everything I could hope for in a cupcake/muffin (ok, except for this)! I made them for an afternoon tea I had a while back with my dear bookstore friends. Instead of making the chocolate coating though, I frosted the cupcakes with more Nutella. A bit much? I don’t think so. Because of the way Nutella seems to disappear on me when I bake it, I thought a little bit of uncooked Nutella insurance was called for!

A chocolate, Nutella-y, banana bread all dolled up in pink argyle cupcake liners…what more could this girly-girl want? (ok, I know!) Baking your cake and eating it too is truly priceless.

P.S. I still like black clothes (very slimming!) and loud rock music. I still suck at sports. I still like sarcasm (although maybe not as “out loud” as before). I still smile when I pass Barbie in the toy store. I no longer own a hoop skirt but I still pretend to be Scarlett O’hara sometimes :)

P.P.S. Have anyone seen this? What a super idea! Whether you're in pink or in black or in anything in between…Girls Rock!

44 comments:

christine said...

Haha you're too funny. We couldn't have gotten along as little girls. I was the tomboy climbing the tree and hanging out at the village water tank at night, and playing tumbang preso. But I'm happy we have all these similar interets now! :) LIke those muffins, I want them!!!

jengkie said...

hahaha! well, i'm not personally into pink, but i get thrilled with the idea of dressing up my little daughter (in the event that i get to have one) all in PINK!!!

katrina said...

Hahaha!!! I don't like pink and was never very girly like you (or wasn't that obvious?), nor was I athletic or tomboyish like Nena, but at least we all share a love for loud music and (though I don't even like fresh banananas) Nutella Banana Muffins! Yum!!!

ChichaJo said...

Haha! Oh Nens! I tried, I really tried...but I was too slow and uncoordinated so no one picked me for games! My dolls were the only ones who couldn't outrun me ;) Well, I think we have the more important things in common now :)

Hi Jengkie! Thanks for dropping by :) I'm sure in the event that you get to have a daughter she will be adorable!

Hi Katrina! We are quite the motley crue, I mean crew, aren't we? ;) I think that makes us all the more fun! And between all of us we lick the platter clean! :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

I started imagining a giant cupcake with 007 coming out of it... Never mind. :)

Joey, these are lovely. And delicious. And cute. And you are so talented. :)

Veron said...

I used to be a tomboy (growing up with brothers) but now I am discovering my feminine side. I am crazy about pink too especially matched up with brown. And don't get me started on my ribbon collection!

Veron said...

oh..and those cupcakes look delish!

tutubi philippines said...

it's like mmda color :P
looks yummy though

michelle @ TNS said...

i am a total strident dykey feminist, but as a child i LOVED, LOVED my little pony. LOVED.

these look like the best cupcakes in the whole entire world.

Brilynn said...

My mom used to try to dress my sister and I in pink and we both rebelled against it. My favourite colour is blue.

But these muffins look amazing!

LyB said...

Those cupcakes look dangerously delicious! Pink was also my favorite color as a child. On my 6th birthday my aunt asked me what I wanted for my birthday, all I wanted was a pink, frilly dress, and she got it for me! How I loved that dress! These days I leave the pink to my 2 girly daughters!

Rachel said...

where did you get those wrappers? too cute!

katiez said...

I think Nutella frosting is perfectly proper! It disappears on me, too - usually with the aid of a spoon...
My favorite color is blue... leaning to the violet - kind of a pink-blue compromise...

Jerry said...

Oh another version of banana muffins! Must try!

princess_dyanie said...

I am PINK girl too!! I suuuper love pink! :)

Barbara said...

Joey I love pink too. It's my favourite colour. I make these all the time and then decorate them differently, although chocolate icing is a big favourite. I never owned a Barbie doll but the apartment building I live in is called Malibu apartments so I really beleive I'm now Malibu Barbie for real.

angelika said...

Oh Joey, this post has made me smile (and I still do). Do you know that always YOU come to my mind (among other good things of course) when I get me the Nutella jar ? Yes, I also need some Nutella insurance here and then. Stay as you are - whether in pink or black, but golden in your heart.. big hug, angelika
PS: Delicious:Days recipes are always worth to follow, aren't they ?
PPS: There is always an excuse for Nutella, right ?

Suzana said...

Girl power! hahaha I'm a girly girl myself but it took me ages to fully accept it. Lovely cake stand & perfect cupcakes!

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Gosh! I just made petits pains including Nutella inside!

p.s: way to go for the pink!:)

oggi said...

Joey I love pink too, and like veron paired with brown (clothing).

More Nutella is always better, and those muffins look beautiful and delicious!:)

P said...

I always abhorred pink and anything frou-frou. And then what happens - my offspring wears a tiara everywhere and would sleep in a tutu if she could. But, hey, I think she can rock, too. She loved watching We Will Rock You, the Queen musical. She knows the words to many Queen anthems.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Nutella and bananas? I think I'm in love.

Kelly-Jane said...

I'm still a very pink girl too! Pink is one of my very favourite colours as well.

Pretty pink cake stand and lovely nutella muffins, mmmmmm!

ChichaJo said...

Haha! There's certainly nothing wrong with a cupcake-encased 007 Pat ;) Thanks for your nice comment!

Thanks Veron! I was never fast enough to be a tomboy! So I had to acquaint myself with my feminine side very early on :)

Hi Tutubi! Haha! :) That's right! Well, it's definitely a traffic-stopping color in my book ;)

Hi Michelle! Thanks :) And I loved My Little Pony too! And Strawberry Shortcake and her whole posse :)

Hi Brilynn! At least you had a sister...I have a brother and when we were little my mom would dress us in matching outfits too! I wore the frilly dress and he wore the matching shirt and bloomers outfit. Zoiks!

Hi Lyb! I remember all my favorite dresses...well, the hoop skirt was definitely up there! For a long as a kid time I hated jeans...can you believe it?

Hi Rachel! I got them at my friendly neighborhood grocery :) Nowhere fancy :)

Hi Katiez! Hahaha! Nutella...now you see it, now you don't. So eat it quick!

Hi Jerry! Yes...I really liked them :)

Hi Princess Dyanie! Yay! Nice to know I'm not alone :)

Hi Barbara! I'm glad we share a favorite color :) I wish my apartment building had a snazzy name like that!

Hi Angelika! Thanks you for such a sweet comment (you being an absolutely golden person yourself!) :) I'm glad you think of me when you see a jar of Nutella! :) I hope the Nutella gods watch and send a lot of Nutella my way, heehee :) Delicious Days is fantastic and there will always be a reason for Nutella!

Hi Suzana! Sigh...me too! Sometimes girls have a tough time of it trying to figure out who they are...but I think we all have the fortitude to keeping on trucking until we do! :)

Hi Stella! Yay! Go pink! :) Petit pains with Nutella? Where? I am so going over there right now!

Hi Oggi! Thank you! Pink and brown is a fab combination :)

Hi P! I am such a fan of Rama and so tickled that we have that in common (I also had a tiara) :) She really rocks! I also had a pink tutu...although my ballet life was cut short because I was far from slim and graceful!

Hi Susan! I know...that's exactly what I thought when I found this recipe :)

Thanks Kelly-Jane! Hooray! Another nice person to keep me company in my pink-ness :)

Mimi said...

I love nutella!!!

I tagged you for a meme (Don't roll your eyes...it was my first one and I was really excited!)...

http://allthingsmimi.blogspot.com/2008/03/my-first-meme.html

Cenk said...

:) Funny post! "Let's say you like Nutella?.." You're talkin to me??? Absolutely perfect muffins.

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I love that...be girlie or be scorned!!!

Jen Tan said...

Girly-girl present! hahaha I too suck at sports no matter how hard I try! hahaha I love pink too joey...my room is pink! pink! pink! hahaha ..so what? We are girls and I love making banana nutella..err not muffins though..but good idea...banana-nutella bread/ cake for me...and friends and family love 'em too =)

hahaha cool post ang yummy yummy muffins!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful! Your muffins look very pretty and tempting! Banana and Nutella, a great combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

ChichaJo said...

Hey Mimi! Nice to see yet another Nutella lover :) I'll check it out!

Hi Cenk! Yes I am talking to you...your photo of banana bread spread with Nutella is not easily forgotten!

Hi Maryam! Heehee, it was either be scorned trying to be sporty (a futile battle...oh boy) or be happy just being me :)

Hi Jen! I hear ya girl! You don't know how many coaches and trainers lay defeated in my wake...hahaha! I saw your Nutella Banana Loaves...YUM!!!

Hi Rosa! Thanks! :) It is really such a winning combo!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

pink looks good on me hehe...i bet those muffins would look gorgeous on me too (if i cud hold 2 seconds not gobbling them down) *grin*

Marvin said...

Argyle cupcake liners? I don't care what color they are, that's pretty cool!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mochachocolata Rita! Heehee, I'm sure these muffins would look great on you :)

Hi Marvin! Yes, don't you think? :) This ones have an argyle strip down the middle...I love cupcake liners and buy them whenever I see ones that I think are cool :)

farida said...

I just discovered your blog. It is beautiful! Your writing is awesome and the pictures are stunning! This cupcakes make my mouth water and make me to to the kitchen and bake:)Thanks!

ANJALI J. said...

i love muffins..nice picture!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Farida! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! :) I am blushing :) :) :) So happy to hear you are enjoying my blog! :)

Thanks so much for your kind comment Anjali! :)

Karen said...

Oh yum!! Love banana muffins and love nutella!

Tried out the recipe this weekend for a family potluck and my lola couldn't get enough. I gave a nod to you and Delicious Days on my food blog.

Thank you for the inspiration!
Karen

PS: While I also love pink, as a child I often swiped my brother's Transformers to play with and left my Barbies to collect dust =)

Bree said...

YUM! I'm pretty sure I'll be eating these every day now!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Karen! I'm happy to know that you and your family enjoyed these muffins as much as I did :) Thanks for the mention on your blog...which btw is fantastic! Although I was a big fan of Barbie, that didn't keep my chubby fingers off my brother's Transformers ;) My favorite were the Constructicons! When the Transformers movie came out last year, I hied off to the cinema with the rest of the fans and cried at the first sight (and sound!) of Optimus Prime! I know, I can be a dork.

Hello Bree! Thanks for dropping by :) Wouldn't that be the perfect world? Cupcakes at every meal!

SteamyKitchen said...

Nutella....oooooooh....I think I'm addicted to Nutella!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jaden! Join the club! The members of Nutella-lovers Anonymous number a hundred-gazillion already! :)

Parker said...

I'd have to say I was more of a tomboy growing up. But as an adult seem to enjoy more and more the traditional female things.

All your pictures are just amazing. This recipe sounds great. I make banana muffins alot, but the added nutella will certainly add tons of flavor.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Parker! I wish I could do half the things my tomboy friends could! I was just too slow and uncoordinated! I love banana muffins/cake/bread to pieces...and with Nutella even more so :)

ATasteOfMadness said...

I don't know what I would do without Nutella. These look great!