February is drawing near, which means its time for everyone's favorite chocolaty, hazelnutty delight: Nutella! Feb. 5 is World Nutella Day, so now is the perfect time to figure out just what rich and nutty recipe you're going to use to celebrate. You'll have to try them all, of course – how can you know which is the most delicious if you haven't tasted each and every Nutella recipe out there? If anyone implies this is just an excuse to eat Nutella, ensure them you're simply being thorough. Here are five recipes to get you started:
1. Energy Bites
I'd love to say this article is full of ways to make Nutella part of a healthy lifestyle. It's not. However, that doesn't mean that Nutella can't have a place in fitness. These Nutella energy bites are chock full of healthy fats and energy-producing carbs, and they taste about a thousand times better than those store-bought energy bars.
In a mixing bowl, combine:
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Nutella
Once the ingredients are well-mixed, use a cookie scoop to measure out even spoonfuls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Use your hands to roll the spoonfuls into balls, and pop it in the fridge to set. They'll be good to go in about an hour or so. These are perfect for a quick breakfast or a snack before you head to the gym.
2. Hot Chocolate
The great thing about Nutella hot chocolate is literally everything. Even the words "Nutella hot chocolate" emanate a kind of otherworldly glow. In fact, there's no treat more perfect for the early February chill. Make a big pot for you and your family, or make a single serving for yourself – either way, this decadent beverage is sure to warm you all the way to your toes.
This two-ingredient recipe couldn't be easier. Simply mix milk and Nutella (Ratio – 1 cup milk to 3 tablespoons Nutella) in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring vigorously. Once they're fully mixed, let the hot chocolate continue to heat to the desired temperature, stirring regularly to prevent scorching. Serve with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
3. Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are adorable, easy to make, and a great opportunity to get kids involved in the kitchen. Make (or buy) a batch of sugar cookie dough, and portion out the pieces on a cookie tray as you normally would. Before you put them in the oven, however, use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of the cookie. Then, fill that indentation with something yummy! For Nutella Day, we recommend a teaspoon of the chocolate-hazelnut spread with some shaved coconut sprinkled on top. For an extra touch, gently rest a hazelnut right on top. Bake according to dough instructions.
4. Cake Pops
"Cake pops are shockingly easy to make."
If you've never made cake pops before, you're probably at least a little bit mystified by this oh-so-rich cakey treat. To the uninitiated, cake pops seem like an impossible feat. However, these single-bite snacks are shockingly easy to make. Start with fully baked cake, and use your (clean) hands to break it into crumbs. Once you've done this, add in your Nutella. How much you need will depend on the size of the cake, but you'll want enough that it makes a dough-like consistency. Pop it in the fridge for about 20 minutes, then remove and make balls out of the cake-Nutella dough. Return to the fridge.
Wait another half hour, then melt chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Remove your cake balls from the fridge, and you can begin the actual "pop" part of the process. Dip your stick into the melted chocolate, then spear a ball on the end. Dip the ball into the chocolate, and twirl it as you remove for a smooth coating. Stick them in the fridge one last time to set, and your cake pops will be good to go!
Nutella and pancakes just make sense together, so there's a decent chance you've already experienced this heavenly combination. However, you can definitely take this power-hitting breakfast combo a step further than simply smearing Nutella between your pancakes. The last, but most definitely not least recipe we're sharing with you for World Nutella Day: chocolate-hazelnut swirl pancakes.
This recipe is a bit more complicated than the others on the list, but totally worth the effort. Start by making your usual pancake batter. Separate about 1/4 of the batter into another bowl, then stir in 1/2 cup of Nutella. You can adjust this measurement based on how chocolatey you like your pancakes. Once the batter and spread are fully mixed, move the Nutella batter into a piping bag.
Pour a bit of the regular pancake batter on your double-burner griddle and let it start to cook. Once the pancake starts to bubble, use your piping bag to make a spiral on top. If you're worried about the presentation, use a small piping tip and start in the middle. Leave a lot of space between lines, because they will flatten out and blur if they're too close together. Let the pancake rest for about 30 seconds so it's well-set, and then flip and cook as normal. Top the finished product off with crushed hazelnuts and maple syrup, then dig in!