Nutella… More like hell yeah. Am I right or am I right?
A jar full of absolute mesmerization, that brings the feeling of jumping over a rainbow while riding a unicorn. Scratch that, two unicorns. That, my friend, would be Nutella. Ever since it was introduced to the market in 1964, Nutella has been – and to this day still – a very much appreciated chocolate spread. The perfect combination of hazelnut with a hint of cocoa and milk is like, the best thing ever on this planet. With just about nine weeks left of school, we find ourselves already thinking about summer break, procrastinating our work to the last minute. And, it’s been scientifically proven that chocolate is good for your mind and body. Add those two together and you have a happy brain, mind, and attitude about school! (and a fulfilled stomach). To satisfy your needs, I’ve got some Nutella recipes! Of course, everybody goes through the eating-directly-from-the-jar-with-a-huge-spoon kind of days. But check out these recipes and try some because honestly, they’re life changing.
But before you get to the cooking, take a moment to appreciate Nutella itself and it’s past. Nutella’s history goes all the way back to the end of the Second World War. Pietro Ferrero, a confectioner was inspired to make cocoa and hazelnuts affordable for the people of Italy, as those ingredients were considered quite the luxury. This was when the Gianduja, the very combination of chocolate and hazelnuts, was invented (or rather, the prototype of our modern day Nutella).The new sensation captured everybody’s attention, ending up as an immense success. Chocolate treats were no longer inaccessible; both the cheap price and appetizing taste called for awareness, causing the Gianduja to become a huge hit. But it wasn’t until Michele Ferrero, the inventor of Nutella, created his new secret recipe that the actual Nutella was born. The Italian – perhaps even worldwide – success continues to be consumed all year long, because of its simplicity, functionality, and price.
Here are three tasty Nutella-mazing recipes to celebrate our universal love for the chocolatey treat.
1. Nutella Banana Smoothie
Frozen bananas (70 g)
Milk (100 ml)
Ice (50 g)
Nutella (1 tablespoon)
Step 1) Stick the frozen banana slices on to the inner surface of your cup.
Step 2) Using a mixer, mix the milk, ice, and Nutella until the mixture becomes smooth.
Step 3) Pour the mixture into the cup, and top it off with whatever you like! (I recommend whipping cream and granola!)
2. Nutella French Toast
Bread (1 piece)
Milk (150 ml)
Sugar (1 tablespoon)
Nutella (AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE!)
Step 1) Get your slice of bread, cut it in half, and cut a pocket in the bread for the Nutella to go inside.
Step 2) Scoop as much Nutella as you like inside the cut.
Step 3) Mix the egg, milk, and sugar and place the bread slices in the mixture. (Tip: Use a ziplock bag to the dipping)
Step 4) Warm up your frying pan, and cook the bread until it becomes a golden-yellowish color.
Step 5) Optional, but you can top the french toast off with chocolate sauce, fruits, or just anything you like!
3. Nutella Brownie
Nutella (1 jar)
Milk (4 tablespoons)
Salt (2 sprinkles)
Cake flour (80 g)
Step 1) Get a cake tray, and inside the tray, lay aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 175 celsius. Lightly sprinkle cake flour on the tray.
Step 2) Mix Nutella, eggs, and milk inside a bowl.
Step 3) Add the salt and the rest of the cake flour inside the bowl, and mix until smooth.
Step 4) Pour the mixture into the tray and leave in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
Step 5) Take out, cut it into small squares, and decorate however you like!
TREAT YO’ SELF with Nutella! Grab your smoothie mixer, cake tray, and start cooking!
– Leona Maruyama (’17)