Monday, July 25, 2022

4 Ingredient, Small Batch, Nutella Muffins and a Book Review #MuffinMonday

4 Ingredients + 20 Minutes = 6 Scrumptious Muffins.  This is an equation much like the one Charlie would imagine when given one of these muffins.

Nutella Muffins

Who is Charlie?  Read on.......

Before I answer that question, let me first talk to you about Muffin Monday.  1 brilliant administrator + 1 great idea + 5 avid bakers = 1 great monthly event that we call Muffin Monday.

We get together on the last Monday of each month to share Muffin recipes with our readers.  This month I made these simple Nutella muffins and it made me think of the novel to which I am listening during my morning walks.

I will be telling you all about this novel but first let's take a look at what the others baked up for this month's event........

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

This is the second novel that I have listened to by auther, Kate Quinn.  The first was the Rose Code and you can read my review and recipe inspired here.  In that review I made a Roasted Quail dinner inspired by the dinner the protagonist had eaten with royalty.

Nutella Muffins

There was  no mention of Nutella muffins in The Alice Network, though there was tons of food and no shortage of inspiration.  As you read on you will see why I am using this recipe to segue into my book review.

Nutella Muffins

Charlie is an American of French descent who finds herself with a "little problem" at the end of World War II.  This little problem came as a result of the war in which she lost family members, her brother to suicide after having lost a leg in the war and her cousin, her closest friend, who has disappeared and is presumed dead.  Charlie, Charlotte to her very proper parents, is determined to feel something, anything beyond the numbing sadness and goes looking in all the wrong places.

Now she is in France, awaiting the second leg of the journey to Switzerland where her "little problem" will be resolved.  Charlie has come to believe that her cousin, Rose, is still alive and sneaks out during the layover in search of her.  She has a couple of clues, the name of a woman and the name of a restaurant where Rose last worked.

When Charlie finds the woman, Eve Gardner, she is met with a haggard, bitter, drunkard who has crippled hands and a cutting tongue.  Something with Charlie resonates with Eve and she, along with her caretaker, Fin, accompany Charlie on the search for Rose........

I enjoy Quinn's novels very much.  Her protagonists are strong and capable during a time when women are supposed to be meek and mild.  Charlie is not interested, as her parents are, in finding herself a good husband and living the life of a well taken cared of housewife.  Charlie is a math whiz and proud of it, much to her parent's dismay.  Charlie thinks of life in a series of equations so when I was writing the title of this post for Muffin Monday, it made me think of her.

Nutella Muffins

Charlie and her "little problem" would love these muffins made with Nutella, created right after WWII where this book was set.  This recipe created brownie like muffins that are perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert, perhaps warmed with a scoop of ice cream.....YUM!!

I will also be sharing this post over at Foodies Read. Stop by and see what the other foodies are reading this month.  

Muffins, Breads, Dessert, Snacks, Breakfast, Chocolate, Nutella, Quick, Easy
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
4 Ingredient, Small Batch, Nutella Muffins

4 Ingredient, Small Batch, Nutella Muffins

Ready in less than 30 minutes from start to finish, these brownie like muffins are totally scrumptious.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 18 MinTotal time: 23 Min


  • 1 c. Nutella
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 t. baking powder


  1. In large bowl, whisk together the nutella and eggs until smooth.
  2. Sift together the flour and baking powder.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until combined.
  4. Divide between 6 muffin cups that have been liberally treated with baking spray.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 16-18 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center removes cleanly.
  6. Let rest in pan for 15 minutes before removing.


Adapted from a recipe found at Madhu's Everyday Indian

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  1. These couldn't be easier and they look so rich and chocolatey! I also appreciate the book recommendation! I love historical fiction.

  2. Love that these are small batch because my guys can't have Nutella. They look awesome!

    1. Once you taste them you will be glad they are small batch for portion control LOL.

  3. These look so amazingly rich and so easy peasy. That book sounds wonderful too.


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