These 15 fantastic Nutella recipes are great excuses to eat more of the chocolate-hazelnut spread, on World Nutella Day (Feb. 5) or any other. Yes, yes, of course you can still eat it with a spoon, straight out of the jar. No one’s suggesting you give up that good habit. But if you’re a bit more skilled in the kitchen or looking for creative ways to get your recommended daily allowance of Nutella, et voila. A jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds throughout the world, according to sources we’re not sure are very reliable, and there are lots of ways to use it.
That smooth, thick texture is a boon to many recipes, but you can absolutely make your own homemade Nutella as long as you have a food processor. (The more powerful the motor, the smoother yours will be.) However you come by it, here are 15 delicious ways to eat it.
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This jumbo jar should last you a while.
Say you’ve given up all forms of chocolate just to see if you can. If you’re going to fall off the wagon, fall big with this cheesecake-meets-chocolate torte. The crust alone–a buttery blend of chocolate wafers and hazelnuts–is knee-weakening, but the Nutella ganache topping is deadly. Get our Nutella Chocolate Cheesecake recipe.
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As one reader commented, “Using Nutella in recipes is always gonna win…it’s sort of cheating.” If you’ve never tried it, roasting the bananas is a revelation because it concentrates the sweetness and banana-y-ness of fresh, under-ripe bananas (in case you don’t have a stockpile of overripe ones sitting in your freezer). Take the advice of one commenter and heat the Nutella slightly before piping it into the batter. Get our Roasted Banana-Nutella Quick Bread recipe.
Pastry chef and dessert cookbook maven Alice Medrich called the namesake ingredient in her Nutella Bread Pudding recipe an “accident” substituted out of necessity. But it’s clearly one of those happy accidents that leave you feeling like you just found a random $20 in your back pocket. Sweeeet! Just like these brownies, inspired by that bread pudding, and even easier—just whisk eggs into Nutella straight from the jar (you’ll use the whole thing), then fold in some flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt before popping them in the oven. Get our Easy Nutella Brownies recipe.
For the diehard Nutella eater, making this shortcut fudge is the next best thing to eating it straight from the spoon. Just melt butter and chocolate, then stir in cream and Nutella and chill in a pan; no candy thermometer required. Toasted hazelnuts pressed on top lend nutty crunch and rustic appeal. Get our Easy Nutella Fudge recipe.
You’ll want to be sure your cookie dough and the Nutella are both fairly stiff and cold before you attempt to “stuff” these guys, or you’ll end up with a Nutella-swirled cookie instead. Honestly, though? Either way is a win. Get the Nutella Stuffed Cookies recipe.
Who doesn’t want to eat like they’re eight years old again? Answer: No one. And if you’re willing to go to such great lengths to recreate your Saturday-morning-cartoons-watching-while-the-parents-are-still-sleeping breakfast of champions, you totally deserve every ounce of joy these homemade toaster pastries will bring. (But see a shortcut version with pre-made pie crust if you don’t want to work quite so hard.) Get the Nutella Brown Sugar “Pop Tarts” recipe.
A toasted hazelnut crust is a genius way to amp up the hazelnut flavor of the chocolatey spread, and the filling comes together in mere minutes (with only five ingredients, at that). You do have to wait for it to set, but that also means you can make it ahead of time. Hello, new dinner party dessert. Get the Nutella Tart with Toasted Hazelnut Crust recipe.
There’s more than one way to justify eating Nutella for breakfast (the French do it; nuts are good for you; at least it’s not chocolate cake), but this crunchy, Count Chocula-esque cereal is one of the most ingenious. Get the DIY Nutella Cereal recipe.
10. Nutella Babka
This beautifully braided loaf from is swirled with homemade Nutella (but you can certainly substitute store bought), and as if that weren’t enough, it’s also brushed with a hazelnut syrup to intensify that nutty nuance. If you have leftovers after the first go, lightly toast a slice for breakfast with a cup of black coffee on the side (or, you know, a Nutella latte). Get the Nutella Babka recipe.
11. Nutella Gelato
If you have an ice cream maker, this is your next project, and you’re welcome. Be sure to follow those “manufacturer’s instructions” for your machine closely–you’ve got to get that ice cream insert rock-hard, frozen-solid cold (think: overnight in the freezer, not 30 minutes before you start the recipe), or the ice cream won’t set. Get the Nutella Gelato recipe.
Nutella’s not just for crepes (obviously). Try it stuffed inside crisp yet fluffy French toast so it oozes out onto the plate. Breakfast has never been so luscious. Get our Nutella-Stuffed French Toast recipe.
Gooey, salted caramel-y, and stuffed with Nutella, these blondies demand a gigantic glass of ice-cold milk at hand—and you should definitely eat them while still warm. Get the Nutella Stuffed Salted Caramel Blondies recipe.
Have you ever wanted to eat a doughnut more than this one? Delightfully sandy with cinnamon sugar outside and oozing with warm Nutella inside, there is no need to look elsewhere for breakfast (or dessert). Get the Nutella Cinnamon Sugar Donuts recipe.
If you have a fear of frying and don’t want to make the doughnuts but also don’t want to miss out on those awesome flavors and textures, this is the next best thing! Get the Nutella Cinnamon Sugar Quesadilla recipe.