Like a beacon of light in a foggy night, World Nutella Day offers hope in the middle of a cold, gray winter.
(Can you tell I’ve had it up to here with snow and subfreezing temperatures?)
Seriously, though, aside from the obvious tie-in with Valentine’s Day just over a week later, early February is the perfect time of year to celebrate all things chocolate and hazelnut. It’s far enough away from both New Year’s resolutions and summer bathing suit season that you can allow for a little indulgence. So grab a spoon and dig in, or make one of the many decadent recipes that Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso (the holiday’s sponsors) have compiled for the occasion.
I should take my own advice, but like last year, I whipped up something that I can enjoy without straying too far from healthful choices. Oats, banana, just a kiss of Nutella, and no added sugars (other than what’s in the Nutella) only make it seem like you’re indulging. Without the cloying addition of extra sweeteners, the Nutella and banana flavors really shine through. I enjoyed this straight up in a bowl with almond milk and extra banana slices, but it would also make a good topping for cooked oatmeal, yogurt, or even ice cream (regular or banana).
Nutella Banana Granola (Gluten-Free Possible)
(adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the oats in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the banana and Nutella over low heat, stirring until melted. Stir the vanilla extract and salt into the banana mixture. Pour the sauce over the oats and stir to combine. Be patient; it may take a bit of stirring to ensure the oats are completely coated, but it will happen, I promise.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir to break up the granola pieces. Return the pan to the oven and bake another 15 minutes or until browned. Cool, then store in an airtight container.
Other Nutella Recipes From the Girl in the Blue Apron
Banana Cupcakes With Nutella Ganache
Toasted Nutella Banana Sandwiches
Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nutella Pancakes With Banana Sauce