Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

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Healthy banana muffins with a surprise cookie butter filling.

Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

I think I looked at about fifty different banana muffin and bread variations before finally deciding to make these muffins.  My objective was to make something healthy but special.  I didn’t want plain old banana bread and I sure didn’t want something that was boring and dry.

Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Luckly, I had bookmarked Jenny’s recipe for these banana muffins a few months ago.  And since I wanted Matt to be able to enjoy the treat as well, I obviously had to trade out the peanut butter for something my husband wouldn’t make a face at.

Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Considering I’ve had an open jar of Cookie Butter forever, it was the perfect solution.  The molten center full of oozing speculoos spread is the perfect surprise when you break open the otherwise wholesome banana muffin.  The muffins are actually low in fat and have the perfect balance of healthy enough for breakfast but good enough for dessert.  You know how I love that.

Oh, and considering I practically inhaled one when I went to just taste a sample, you know they are good.

Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana MuffinsCookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
Healthy banana muffins with a surprise cookie butter filling.
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Makes: 14 muffins
  • 1 cup Cookie Butter (or speculoos spread of choice)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup mashed brown bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 3¾ ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup, packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 x-large egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 5½ ounces (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 1¾ ounces (1/3 cup) oat bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together cookie butter and powdered sugar
  3. Use a medium cookie dough (about 2 tablespoons) scoop to scoop a ball of cookie butter mixture into each cupcake liner
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (bananas through buttermilk)
  6. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined
  7. Use a large cookie dough scoop or ladle to evenly distribute batter into cups (over and around cookie butter filling)
  8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from center
  9. Note:  These muffins are best when they are still warm from the oven but are still good covered at room temperature for up to two days after baking.  To get the full lava effect, microwave the room temperature muffins for about 7 seconds each.
Significantly adapted from Picky Palate

Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

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14 Responses to “Cookie Butter Lava Whole Wheat Banana Muffins”

  1. Miriam @ OvertimeCook October 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    These muffins look amazing! Love the lava center. I need to get my hands on some cookie butter!

  2. Veronica Miller October 22, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Love that lava middle! What a cool idea!

  3. Kathryn October 22, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    I love the idea of that melting lava middle; it must make these muffins such a special treat!

  4. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 22, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    I love lava things and this is awesome!

  5. Brian @ A Thought For Food October 22, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I just drooled when I saw that lava pour out. Looks awesome.

  6. Ashley Bee October 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    OOOMG THIS IS AWESOME. Molten cookie butter center? Amazing.

  7. Valerie October 22, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    How did I miss this?! I love the oozy cookie butter flowing from the center of that muffin! *Must go and buy several jars of the stuff* asap! :D

  8. thelittleloaf October 22, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    So, anything that includes the words ‘cookie’, ‘butter’ and ‘lava’ should probably be banned from the internet – too good! These sound amazing Lauren :-)

  9. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Love that you used cookie butter as the lava! Genius change-up from traditional chocolate (not that there’s anything wrong with that ;))

  10. Joanne October 23, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    Hold on, back up. You’ve had a half empty jar of cookie butter in your cabinet for more than three days?!?!? Explain this self control thing to me…because I just can’t grasp it when cookie butter is in the house.

    These look amazing. I’d have no self control around them either, for the record.

  11. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious October 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    Wow, what a surprise! I’d mow a few of these down with a good espresso…

  12. Laura Dembowski October 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    OMG! That gooey cookie butter is making my mouth water. That would make the best breakfast ever!


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