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Why yes, I AM trying to hypnotize you into getting out of your avocado rut this morning and working up the nerve to stir it into a baked good, swirl some nutella on top and call it breakfast!

How ever did you guess?


I think we can all agree that avocados are superb on things like sandwiches.  And burgers.  And in guacamole.

And eaten straight out of their skins with nothing but salt to flavor them.

(I may or may not have gone through a phase in college where that’s what I ate first thing in the morning.  Every day.  For a month.  I was very, VERY full that month.)


But the thing about avocados is that they’re so….green.

Which is what I happen to love about them.

However, the majority of people on this earth, especially children, seem to have a vendetta against green foods.  They throw them. They spit them up.  They plain and simple don’t like them.

We need to do something about this.  Because not only are avocados delicious, but they are nutritional all-stars!  Just three slices of this creamy green fruit contains potassium, fiber, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins that support memory and brain function.


Here’s where these muffins come in.

No living breathing soul with a pulse is going to turn down muffins with a HUGE swirl of nutella on top.  No matter how green they are.

And really, these were so delicious and so NOT your typical green food that my coworkers devoured all of them without even once guessing that they were eating something good for them.

Aren’t little white lies sometimes the best things on earth?


Do you have any fun, kid-friendly avocado recipes up your sleeve?  If so, then you should enter the Mini Chef Video Contest!

Starting November 14th, Avocados from Mexico is hosting a video contest for parents of children ages 5-15. All you have to do is submit a 1-3 minute video of your child/children preparing an avocado dish and be sure to have them include why they love avocados and the catchy Avocados from Mexico jingle found on their website. Videos will be judged on the Mini Chef’s personality and the presence of avocado.

One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in cash (!!!) plus an HD Camcorder (for future home videos!), a Nintendo 3D, 2 games and a personalized Mini Chef jacket. Nine runners up win big too with an HD Camcorder, a Nintendo 3D and a personalized Mini Chef jacket.

If I had children, I would totally be all over this.

Get your video in by December 4th and check back on December 6th to see if your video is one of 10 finalists. Public voting will take place on YouTube December 6-11. The video with the most Likes wins and will be posted on the website December 12th.

So what are you waiting for, get avocado-ing!

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Avocado Nutella Swirl Muffins
Makes about 16, adapted from Joy the Baker


  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/8 cup buttermilk
  • 16 tsp nutella 


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Put cupcake liners in muffin tin.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, sift together flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Set aside.  Set the eggs out on the counter to come to room temperature while you beat the butter and sugar.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until softened and pliable.  Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Add the avocado and beat another minute to incorporate.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after the addition of each egg.  Beat in vanilla extract.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add half of the flour mixture, all of the buttermilk, and then the rest of the flour mixture.  Beat just until combined.
  6. Pour into cupcake liners until they are about 3/4 full.  Put a dollop (about a tsp) of nutella on top of each liner full of batter and swirl around with a butter knife.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool for five minutes in pan and then remove to a wire rack.


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97 Responses to Avocado Nutella Swirl Muffins

  1. Nutella makes everything tastier!

  2. Gorgeous Joanne… I love how the avocado is in the batter. Never thought to cook with avocado before. And yes, kids should eat all things GREEN! My kids better eat all their broccoli! and Kale! 😉

  3. Julie says:

    I love avocados. I was thinking about making avocado ice cream this summer but never got it done. This look beautiful and nutella….yum.

  4. Simply Life says:

    you never cease to amaze me with your cooking and baking skills!

  5. sofia says:

    this recipe is intriguing. do they really taste good? i’m curious. they look pretty, at least!

  6. Nicole, RD says:

    Even if green, avocado is so rich and creamy!! I love it in smoothies and even that at first I wasn’t so sure about. I’m a convert and avocados are, without a doubt, one of my top 3 favorite foods. And Nutella is probably #4! I can’t wait to make these!

  7. Those are some fantastic swirls…I am totally mesmerized. I do love my avocados and usually eat them savory, but I’ve been known to go sweet from time to time. I would love one of these beauties right now.

  8. Astra Libris says:

    I am SO excited about this recipe! We’re obsessed with avocados in our house and I’ve wanted to bake something with them for so long!

  9. that avocado might be the most perfect, blemish-free one I’ve ever seen. I suspected perfect avocados existed, but I had no proof to support that theory, until now. and the muffins look fantastic!

  10. They look great, I’d never guess the secret ingredient was avocado!

  11. Lea Ann says:

    Well, how creative! I can’t even imagine the taste.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Whoa, first of all these are gorgeous. Second, love avocado baked goods. 3 Little Figs makes an awesome avocado tea cake.

  13. Beth says:

    This is such a brilliant idea, I have to try it. I think nutella would get my kids to eat ANYTHING. Even avocado.

  14. I love most green foods, especially avocados! I’d be all over these.

  15. You’ve totally sold me! These look amazing!

  16. Amy says:

    Did somebody say video? Hmmmm. Both the kids loved avocado when they were babies, but now don’t like it. However, I think it’s a general rule that you can hide anything in cake to win them over. Carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, cauliflower…well, maybe not that last one. I can’t get enough of it. I still have your creamy avocado spaghetti printed out to make.

  17. Faith says:

    These look amazing, Joanne! I bet even my hubby (who loves nutella but claims not to like avocado — no idea what that’s about!) would go crazy for them!

  18. Wow, never ever would have imagined this flavor combination. I like it!

  19. avocados are so good for you too.
    great combo. i’ve seen this in a cake but not a muffin which is a portable cake anywho.
    good job my tiger balm buddy

  20. This is totally unique= totally out of the comfort zone for me but one I am so intrigued to try! How cool it its!

  21. Mary says:

    I’m going to be honest here and admit that I almost didn’t read through the recipe. My family eats a ton of avocados (but I do NOT). They are always raw and usually straight from the skin with some salt. There are so many health benefits though! I feel like I’m missing out sometimes.

    Is the avocado flavor prominent? I’d be willing to try baking with them if the flavor were disguised for the most part. Uh oh, you’ve made me ponder actually eating an avocado myself! I’m glad I read the post through. This is so unusual, I’m tempted to try it just because of that!

  22. SallyBR says:

    As a Brazilian, I grew up with avocados used in desserts only. “Cream of avocado” is a very popular dessert back in Brazil, simply the fruit blended with sugar.

    It took me a long time to warm up to the idea of avocado in savory dishes, but now I go crazy for guacamole… 🙂

    so your use in the muffins is more than welcome by me, and I bet all Brazilians will love it too and find nothing strange about them!

    great post!

  23. bellini says:

    Everything in the world is better when you have a spoonful of Nutella!

  24. Pam says:

    These cupcakes are genius!!! I adore avocadoes and nutella and would have never, ever thought to put them together.

  25. Claudia says:

    I never would have thought to pair avocado (which I love) with Nutella (which I love). Puts a whole new spin on “Eats Well with Other” – other ingredients. But the results say yes and I should do more with avocado that just slice and greedily eat!

  26. I would love to try this. I suppose the nutella swirls distracts people from noticing traces of green, its like tunnel vision, see nutella and nothing else!

  27. Danielle says:

    Muffins made out of my 2 favorite things – avocado and Nutella. YUM!

  28. Natalie says:

    These look great! Again you have the best flavor combos ever – avocado and nutella… sounds like a dream come true!

  29. Wow! The muffins looks so good and adding the nutella on top is pure genius. I’m going to make them for sure, I just hope I’m not allergic to avocado. Sometimes when I have avocado, I get weird stomach aches, but these muffins look like there well worth a stomach ache. Can’t wait to try them!!

  30. Shannon says:

    I have yet to bake with avocado but it’s on my radar. I suppose I could bake with ANYTHING and add Nutella and it’d be delicious. Love the swirl!

  31. sally says:

    OMG! Avocados in a muffin? I’m definitely intrigued!

  32. This entire post makes me happy. Avocado + nutella = LOVE

  33. Growing up in the Philippines, I always considered avocado as a dessert because it’s always prepared sweet, not savory. Through the years I love it even more (if that’s even possible) and while I do love avocados in sandwiches and salads, etc, I will always have a special place in my heart for sweet avocado dishes. And the fact that this has Nutella? LOVE.

  34. Great combo and it looks gorgeous, so far never tried avocado in baking…

  35. Sippity Sup says:

    Leave it to Joy to inspire another green food lover to make green cupcakes! GREG

  36. Hummm….avocados!!! Never thought about putting them in muffins, that’s awesome!

    Camila Faria

  37. Veronica says:

    I feel avocados in my baking future. These muffins are just wonderful to look at and I imagine the flavor is superb. I just saw a recipe for avocado pie with walnut crust that got my creative juices flowing b/c it looks a lot like key lime pie and I thought the two together might work.

  38. Jenna says:

    I love avocado so much that I don’t know if I could actually add them to a recipe where they ‘disappeared’–I just want them as they are! With a little salt and lemon juice, of course. =) Don’t get me wrong–your cupcakes look awesome and I’d eat them in a heartbeat! But plain avocado . . . I swoon.

  39. Shannon says:

    this is totally making me think of the nutella commercial that totally annoys me… nutella is not a nutritious breakfast for kids! but i’m not a kid, so it’s ok for me to eat one of these 🙂

  40. Geni says:

    Oh gosh…these looks heavenly! Must have one now! Please? FedEx over night? If I ask very nicely? I will try to make these and keep the avocado ingredient out off my kids’ radar…I would love for them to devour these.

  41. Avocados work wonders in baked goods, so I’m imaging how good these muffins must be. And, you’re right, a swirl of nutella cannot be resisted!

  42. Candace says:

    If I had kids in that age group, I would so get in on that contest. I can get in on the muffin making though. I have everything to make these. They look fantastic!

  43. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, These sound wonderful. I love avocado and I think the fact that nutella is paired with it is just all that much better. Blessings, Catherine xo

  44. OMG I love avocado and chocolate. This is like the best thing ever!

  45. That Girl says:

    I have nutella in the pantry, but no avocados anywhere in the house.

  46. tigerfish says:

    That’s a creative spin (or rather…swirl) on muffins!

  47. Lora says:

    I would never think of putting these two amazing flavors together. These are gorgeous!

  48. Raina says:

    I love anything with a big dollop of Nutella on top, even better with a healthy avocado in it too. These sound wonderful:)

  49. Okay now this is my kind of recipe!! They look so delicious!

  50. Reeni says:

    What a creative and unusual combo! The buttery avocado and the chocolate – heavenly together!

  51. I LOVE avocados. I love them in sorbet. I am sure a nutella sauce would make the sorbet even better 🙂

  52. Anonymous says:

    would love to give this a try but i don’t have any nutella in the house and don’t especially want to buy some for the amount used here – not a big fan – any thoughts on an alternative????

  53. Hannah says:

    Love everything about this, right up to the slightly green tinge of the muffins! Avocados are such a magical ingredient for pastry, and even ice creams. Plus, that chocolate-y swirl looks luscious.

  54. Joanne says:

    Anonymous – if you want to still go with something chocolate-y on top then maybe a chocolate peanut butter or chocolate almond butter? You could make them yourself, even, by just mixing any nut butter with some melted down chocolate chips or chocolate! I think this would also be great with some kind of jam swirled in…raspberry or strawberry, perhaps? Let me know if you end up trying any of these!

  55. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These muffins look delicious! That swirl of nutella is calling to me….

  56. Mmm avocado with salt, so delicious. I’m not a big nutella fan but a swirl of chocolate would make them perfect!

  57. Michelle says:

    Wow! Avocado muffins have never even been on my radar. Interesting~ (And of course Nutella improves just about anything.)

  58. Pierce says:

    I love both – avocades and nutella, but never thought about combining them. Yet, it’s a marriage that seems to work. Very rich stuff this!

  59. Louanne says:

    I love the color, and I’ve no doubt that anything with nutella and avocado is delicious!

  60. omg these look amazing!

    cooking with avocado can be so fun…as well as with nutella 🙂

    Thank you for the super kind words you left on Deb’s blog about my guest interview. Thank you 🙂

  61. Barbara says:

    Now there’s an interesting combo! Leave it to you, Joanne. I’m thinking this would be fabulous…and the photos are great.

  62. Kristen says:

    I have yet to bake with avocado, but I can just imagine the creaminess it adds to the final result. Add nutella and it’s perfect!

  63. Sarah Caron says:

    Really? Avocado and Nutella? That’s a combo that I haven’t imagined putting together. But I do love both so …

  64. We’ll be trying these cupcakes for sure! We grow avocados in California and are always looking for creative ways to eat them. With such high nutrition and healthy fat, avocados are the perfect way to “go green”! We’ll be linking to your recipe on our Facebook page today…thanks for the creative avocado cupcakes!

  65. Pam says:

    I’ve never thought to add avocado to baked goods…you are always so creative with your recipes!

  66. Michele says:

    I think they look beautiful! And I bet they are yummy. I should make these for my 5-year-old who doesn’t like anything healthy. 😉

  67. Hi Joanne, these are crazy! I bet they are amazing and moist as well. These would make a nice feature for halloween too. Oscar the grouch muffins 🙂

  68. I don’t think there is anything that doesn’t go with Nutella. Ok maybe mustard or ketchup. But everything else it works with. ESPECIALLY avocado.
    I’m coming back up on the 29th or 30th! Hopefully we make it into the city this time. I said that is a MUST. (Granted I’m not paying but I’m still DEMANDING.)

  69. Christine says:

    Too bad you don’t live closer, the Fuerte avocado tree (amazingly creamy fruit) in my back yard is about ready. It produces through March. I get whole Trader Joe grocery bags full that I used to give away. Now, I trade with friends for their windfalls like Meyer lemons. It’s all good! Thanks for the recipe, something new to use them for!

  70. betty says:

    this is a really strange combination but the final product looks really good

  71. teresa says:

    i absolutely adore avocado, and i adore these muffins! love the green color, fantastic!

  72. Carolyn Jung says:

    I was just in Hawaii, where a farmer gave me an avocado that was literally the size of my head! They sure grow them big there. And it was as creamy as can be. Man, I could have made probably 10 dozen of your muffins with that baby. 😉

  73. WOW!! This sure is a totally new combination…
    But the muffins looks really good…
    Now that’s what you call thinking out of the box.

  74. Yasmeen says:

    Yowza, this is something special. I’ve been making avocado-chocolate swirl smoothies lately but absolutely love the similar flavor combination baked into a muffin. Absolutely fab.

  75. Yasmeen says:

    Oops, I think my last comment didn’t go through. It was something along the lines of:

    Yowza, this is amazing. I’ve been making avocado and chocolate swirl smoothies lately, but haven’t thought to bake them together into a muffin! Sensational effort. Does this mean the avocado makes me feel a bit less guilty about the nutella? Yes.

    Is that realistic? No. Do I care? No again 🙂

  76. Swathi says:

    Avocado swirl muffin looks delicious I love the goodness of avocado in there.

  77. vianney says:

    Holy moly!! I need these in my life, wowo they look awesome!! Hmm I think I have everything in my pantry for these babies, letting chuls make these, lol

  78. elly says:

    Love these! I’ve always wanted to try avocado in baked goods, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. You’ve definitely lured me in with the Nutella.

  79. Great recipe ! I made it! It`s delicious!!!

  80. I hope you’re feeling better!

  81. Joanne, you are full of creativity and light. This is brilliant.

  82. kelly says:

    Joanne, you are full of creativity and light. This is brilliant.

  83. Wild! I’ve never baked with avocado before.

  84. WOW! I was going to comment on your stew first, but once I saw the word ‘nutella’ I couldn’t resist!
    Awesome idea of combining avocado and nutella. Who would ever have thought…sounds sooo good though. This must be so creamy and delicious. I seriously need to make this!!! Oh my gosh, now I’m so excited!! :))

    Have a fabulous weekend!


  85. cookingwhims says:

    Holy Freaking Avocado-Nutella-Muffin gasping goodness. I need to try these.

  86. Johanna GGG says:

    love the muffins – love avocado in baking and love nutella so yes these would be perfect for me and I do believe that my toddler would also love them – she ate some avocado flat bread last night but wont eat the stuff by itself

  87. grace says:

    well yes, i am officially hypnotized–nice job! it’s a unique combination for sure, but avocados are luscious and nutella is scrumptious, so i’m all in. 🙂

  88. Jena says:

    Interesting. Too bad I just used up my avocados in “grinch bread” (banana avocado bread). Oh well–next time I get some avocados, I’ll grab an extra one or two.

  89. Chris says:

    What a unique way to incorporate avocados, I never would have thought about mixing with with chocolate in a recipe like this. Genius on your part.

    I think my fav use for avocados is in a creamy spicy ranch dressing used for dipping fried asparagus.

  90. oh my.
    i think i love you
    (but what am i so afraid of?)

  91. These do look fabulous–I think it’s all in the swirl. 😉

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