Nutella Cookies: Perfect Afternoon Snack

Healthy Nutella Cookies

 

Who doesn’t love Nutella? Chocolate hazelnut spread that tastes like fudge…yes, please! I will put Nutella on bread, bagels, in my ice cream, eat with strawberries, or dare I say just eat a spoonful of it when I get a chocolate craving. I had a big fat jar of Nutella sitting in my pantry and decided to try my hand at making some Nutella cookies to put that container of fudgy-goodness to use. The ingredients are really not that bad – there’s no butter or eggs in this recipe. I used raw cane sugar and mashed bananas instead of butter, and then added some white chocolate chips to change up the recipe. So bananas, raw cane sugar, Nutella…sounds like a nice healthy treat to me (okay, I may be lying to myself a little but these things are too good to pass up)!

The recipe I used is slightly adapted from Warm Vanilla Sugar.

Here is the recipe I followed:

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 Cup Mashed Ripe Bananas (about 2 bananas)

1/2 Raw Cane Sugar

1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1/3 Cup Nutella

1/3 Cup Milk (I used vanilla soy milk)

Optional: 1 Cup of White Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. Whisk together your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.

2. Mix together the mashed bananas and sugars in a stand mixer (or hand mixer). Beat for about 2 minutes, or until smooth.

3. Add the vanilla extract; beat until combined

4. Add the Nutella; beat until batter is smooth and well combined

5. Add the flour mixture and milk in alternating batches. (Add part of the flour mixture, add half the milk, add the last of the flour mixture, add the last of the milk). Beat until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips if desired

6. Chill dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

7. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F

8. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and roll dough into balls (or use an ice cream/cookie scoop) and place on baking sheet leaving about 1 1/2 inches between the cookies.

9. Bake for 10-12 minutes. They will be soft but beginning to set. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes.

10. EAT

Nutella Cookies: Mix Dry Ingredients

 

Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder

Raw Cane Sugar

 

Mix together the mashed bananas (which replaces butter) and your sugars. The raw cane sugar adds a fun texture to the end result.

Mashed Rip Bananas

I hate throwing out bananas! This is a go-to recipe when you have over-ripe bananas sitting on your countertop. You can replace butter with mashed bananas in almost any recipe. The slight flavor of banana in the chocolate cookie is fabulous!

Nutella

 

Add in the Nutella!

Nutella Cookies: Beat in Mixer

 

Add in the flour mixture and milk in alternating batches until combine. Yum, yum, gooey chocolate goodness!

Stir in White Chocolate Chips

 

Stir in the white chocolate chips (if you desire), they taste oh so good with the chocolate hazelnut flavor!

Nutella Cookies in the Oven

 

After the dough has chilled for about 30 minutes, place on cookie sheet and stick in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Nutella Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

 

All done! These cookies are so rich and delicious, you will want to keep some around the house to stick into your bag for a quick snack on the go.

Chocolate Nutella Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

 

How can you resist a gooey Nutella cookie dripping with white chocolate?! Sneak some of these into your backpack for a delicious midday snack during class. Our Dakine backpacks even have insulated pouches just for your snacks, how convenient and perfect is that! From now until September 1st you can get $10 off a backpack when you use the following coupon code: BKP899!

 

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