Whatever you do, don’t forget to lick the spoon.

By Heath Goldman
Updated September 08, 2016
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Jars of Nutella
Credit: Aaron Dyer

Nutella smeared on toast is pretty darn delicious. But it’s also a sweet shortcut ingredient. Use it to glue no-bake desserts together—or, shorten recipes by substituting it for ganache and chocolate icing. Here are three easy recipes to get you started.

Recipes by Emily Nabors Hall

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Banana, Nutella, and Chia Smoothie

Process 1 frozen banana, ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, 1½ tablespoon Nutella, and 1 teaspoon chia seeds in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Serves 1.

Nutella-Date Snacks

Pulse 1 cup each dried dates, old-fashioned rolled oats, and sweetened shredded coconut in a food processor until finely chopped. Add ½ cup Nutella and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt; pulse until well combined. Roll into 36 (1-inch) balls. Store in an airtight container up to 7 days. Serves 12.

Mini Nutella Pies

Cut 12 circles from 1 refrigerated 10-inch piecrust, using a 3-inch round cutter. Transfer the circles into a lightly greased 12-cup mini muffin pan. Fill each piecrust circle with 1 tablespoon Nutella. Bake at 450°F until the crusts are light golden, about 6 minutes. Top each with about 1 tablespoon mini marshmallows, pushing them gently into the Nutella. Bake until the marshmallows are toasted, about 4 minutes. Serves 6.