First there were hazelnuts and then there was chocolate and then there was Nutella. You likely have a jar in your kitchen (hopefully not in the fridge, as the store-bought variety is meant to be stored at room-temperature), but what to do with it? It all comes down to how you prefer to eat your chocolate-hazelnut spread. While you can certainly spread it on toast, bake it into cookies, or even eat it by the spoonful, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this indulgent treat. In case you're in a rut, here are some radically delicious ways to savor the chocolaty-nutty-fatty spread just in time for World Nutella Day (otherwise known as February 5th).
Let's start with a natural suggestion—brownies. Swirl 1/2 cup Nutella into the top of the batter. Once cooked, you'll find some extra-gooey Nutella bits that add another dimension of deliciousness. In the no-bake department, think Rice Krispies treats: For a totally different treat, swap out the peanut butter used in our recipe for Nutella, then please report back.
For those of you who are all about chocolate, substitute Nutella for the peanut butter in these decadent Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars. Just be sure to call them Chocolate-Hazelnut Oatmeal Bars.
Nutella is a natural pairing with banana (did you try these crepes?). Move over, peanut butter, it's time for Nutella to star, with banana and espresso, in this smoothie. And that brings us to the Banana Spilt, another perfect vehicle for Nutella consumption. Forgo the hot fudge or caramel and go for warm Nutella as a sundae sauce.
Try Nutella in a bread pudding. Chocolate, hazelnuts, and pears are just as delicious as Nutella and bananas—or even more so. (Use about 1/2 cup Nutella and put it on top of the brioche rather than on the bottom of the baking dish.)
There's Nutella nestling between the layers of this specatcular crepe cake. If you love this spread, you won't be disappointed with the results.
And then, you could try chocolate and hazelnuts together—without Nutella: