Kick your Nutella up a notch


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A delicious mug of Nutella cake.

As a college student, cooking may be a challenge.

You have a craving but there may not be enough time to cook something, it may not be the healthiest thing to eat, or you might be bored with the same old flavors.

However, there are ways to make cooking easier and these featured recipes will teach you how to easily turn a classic favorite into new and exciting foods.

Try out one (or all!) of these quick and easy Nutella recipes to take your taste buds on a journey.


1. Nutella Mug Cake – This chocolaty cake is so quick and simple to make, even someone with no culinary skills can do it.

What you need:

3 tbsp. Nutella

3 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 cup milk

1 egg

Put it together:

Mix all ingredients together and fill a cup halfway. Microwave for 70-90 seconds on high.


2. Nutella Protein Smoothie – Tasty and healthy, this shake will give you all the flavor you are craving while also providing you some protein for your busy day on the go.

What you need:

1 cup soy milk

3 tbsp. Nutella

½ tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 banana

1 scoop protein powder

2 cups ice cubes

Put it together:

Add all ingredients, as listed, into a blender and blend until smooth.


3. Banana Monkey Bread Rolls with Nutella Ganache – These rolls make a grab-and-go snack or a small desert. Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients and steps, they are so easy to make!


For the dough:

1 can Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers Buttermilk Biscuits

½ cup granulated sugar

2 ½ tsps. cinnamon

2 tbsp. melted butter

3 bananas

For the ganache:

¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

¾ cup Nutella

½ pint heavy whipping cream

Put it together:

For the ganache:

Bring heavy cream to a slow boil and pour over chocolate and Nutella in a separate bowl. Stir until combined and set aside.

For the dough:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut bananas into slices and set aside.

Cut biscuits into quarters and place quartered biscuits, sugar, cinnamon, and butter into a plastic bag. Shake vigorously to coat each biscuit piece with seasoning.

Remove pieces from bag and place a few (3 or 4) into the bottom of a cupcake or muffin pan.

Place a few banana slices (to liking) on top of the layer of biscuit dough.

Place a more pieces (3 to 4) of biscuit dough on top of the banana layer.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Pop rolls out of pan and set on a plate.

Finish by drizzling ganache over rolls.

These recipes quick and easy to make for students on the run or who cannot cook.

These recipes transform a simple food into a much more complex and interesting ones for those with a more sophisticated palate.

According to the SFGate, although Nutella contains saturated fat and sugar, it also has fiber, iron, and calcium. If consumed in measured amounts, Nutella can be healthy addition to your diet.

With some tweaks to the recipe, these recipes can even be healthy for those still working on that health and fitness New Year Resolution.

These easy recipes can be easy to make, and can offer students’ with some tasty and healthy alternative to store bought desserts just from one simple food.

BBC reports that, 365 million kilos (804.7 million lbs) of Nutella was consumed in 2013. People love Nutella, be adventurous and discover the many ways Nutella can be transformed into something else.