Need a reason to celebrate? It’s World Nutella Day!

It’s only February 5, and my New Year’s resolution to eat healthier is about to be severely tested: It’s World Nutella Day!

To celebrate, I’ve pulled together a few super easy recipes that sound perfect for today, or really any day in which a jar of that creamy chocolate-and-hazelnut goodness is in the house. We’ve even got a homemade version that sounds delish if you’d rather go the DIY route.

Take a peek, but I’m warning you—you’re about to become very, very hungry. –Christina

Nutella for breakfast (on VERY special occasions) is a sure-fire way to get my kids to think I’m cool for about 30 minutes. ShowFoodChef’s recipe for Nutella-stuffed French Toast (at top) on Food52 looks totally delicious. And while it looks like some real magic must have occurred to get the Nutella inside, it seems I could actually pull it off, even before my second cup of coffee.


Nutella Fudge Brownies

Don’t want to mess around with a gazillion ingredients? How about three? I love how Tracey’s Culinary Adventures has adapted a super-simple recipe for Nutella Fudge Brownies and made them into kid-friendly cupcakes, no frosting needed.

Banana Nutella Crepes

My sister swears that crepes are as easy to make as pancakes, though I’ve always been chicken to try to make them myself. But now that I’ve seen this recipe for Banana Nutella Crepe from Fahrenheit 350, I may need to get over my fear of the crepe.

Chocolate Hazlenut Bark

Forget the candy hearts, I want to make some of this Chocolate Hazlenut Bark for Valentine’s Day this year. I think the Nutella melted into the dark chocolate sounds ridiculously rich, but I’m willing to take a chance on love. (from Make and Takes)


Nutella Hot Chocolate

If the view outside your window looks as cold and snowy as mine, than you may want to join me in a hot mug of Nutella Hot Chocolate. Though not as much a recipe as a “why didn’t I think of that?” reminder from One Hungry Mama, this is a no-brainer for the next snowstorm. (from Babble)

Homemade Nutella

Don’t have Nutella at your store? Then get out your Cuisinart and try Healthy Green Kitchen’s Homemade Chocolate Hazlenut Spread recipe. A little less sweet than the jarred stuff, it also happens to be vegan which will go over big with my dairy-allergic daughter. Added bonus? Someone gets to lick the bowl.

Editors Note: Boy we love Nutella! That said, don’t even think about looking at the nutritional recommendations on their website which are patently absurd. Nutella is a tasty “sometimes treat” but with high fat and sugar content, it’s hardly part of a balanced breakfast.


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply February 5, 2011


    uhhh….amazing. my son will be excited to hear this…and use it as a reason to eat more nutella.

  • Reply February 5, 2011


    I love love love nutella.
    I prefer to ignore the nutritional content, against my better judgement. its just so. dang. good.
    For my son, we’ve mixed it with peanut butter just enough to give the pb a chocolate hue, and then i feel slightly less guilty with him slathering it on everything.
    But my Type 1 diabetic and foodie friend recently discovered that Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut spread has A LOT less carbs. A little bit more for the jar (its like $10, I think) but if she gets to treat herself on occasion, she wants to make it good!

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    Reply February 5, 2011

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    You have good taste Christine. Justin’s is one of our all time faves! You can see our past review here

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply February 5, 2011

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    You have good taste Christine. Justin’s is one of our all time faves! You can see our past review here

  • Reply February 7, 2011


    LOVE THIS! (have to admit, not a mom yet but still love your site) and I love nutela, its my way to not feel so guilty when I get that chocolate craving. But before only used it on multi grain toast. So this is a treat! Though your hot coco link does not work. just leads to a picture.

  • Reply February 26, 2011


    For a ridiculously good Nutella recipe, try Cooking Light’s (haha, one serving is about an inch square, I’m sure) Chocolate Baklava:

    It’s a recipe best made with two sets of hands, no kids nipping at your heels, a strong sense of motivation (treats do that for me), and perhaps some milk on hand to cut the rich sweetness when it’s done. But it is completely, utterly worth it. We make two pans at a time (easy to do with two people, and then each family can have their own pan).

  • Reply January 19, 2013


    I love, love, chocolate and so does my daughter! I can’t wait to try this receipe. We have Nutella at home and we also use this chocolate almond spread from Trader Joe’s. It is really good too.

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