Banana Snack Burrito

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To be honest, I haven’t been cooking meals that often in our kitchen lately. It really does take up a lot of time – from preparing, to cooking, to eating, and then cleaning up. There’s no time for that in between classes, meetings, and studying! However, buying every meal can be tiring so I usually make my own in-between-meal snacks. Usually it’s as simple as just an apple but I do have my fancy days that bring the culinary artist out of me.

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Take these banana snack burritos. Peanut butter. Nutella. Banana. 3 of my favorite ingredients all melded together in a simple burrito. I can only eat half of one since they’re really filling and then I usually leave the other half for one of my suitemates. It only takes 7 minutes to prepare and there is no mess afterwards!

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As much as I love our Chipotle that’s down the block, I’d say these burritos come pretty close 😀

Ingredients
1 wholewheat flatbread
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1 banana

Directions

Spread peanut butter on center of flatbread.

Spread Nutella on top of peanut butter.

Place banana slices on top, evenly.

Fold flatbread like a burrito and cut in half.

Easy Nutella Cheesecake

I could eat spoonfuls of straight up Nutella anytime, anywhere, any day. This smooth, creamy, chocolatey, hazelnut spread is something that once you’re introduced to, there is absolutely no going back. It’s just so…addicting.

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Starting last year, I’ve been incorporating Nutella in a lot of my baking. It all started with some amazing Nutella cookies stuffed with Nutella for a friend’s birthday. Ever since, I’ve been putting it into everything, like Nutella Swirled Banana Walnut Bread and Nutella Mug Cake.

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This time I made it the star ingredient of a very simple cheesecake (no-bake!) There are only 4 ingredients: Nutella, cream cheese, vanilla, and a graham crust. Just 4 ingredients for a dessert this wonderful? And no oven needed? I almost still can’t believe it.

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This delicious cheesecake was for my really good friend, Bahareh’s birthday. Since it was my first time making it, I was worried how it would turn out in the end.

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Well, it was spectacular! One forkful was an intense rush of that creamy Nutella flavor. It was different from regular Nutella since it had been in the freezer for 4 hours. If you’re a fan of Nutella, you’ve got to try this cheesecake because chilled Nutella…it’s a whooole new experience 🙂

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EASY NUTELLA CHEESECAKE

Ingredients
1 jar (13 oz) Nutella
18 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 graham crust
6 Ferro Rocher chocolates (optional)

Directions

Beat the cream cheese and vanilla together until blended.

Mix in the Nutella using a hand-mixer or food processor.

Spread mixture into graham crust so that it is smooth.

Decorate with Ferro Rocher chocolates (optional).

Chill in fridge for at least 4 hours.

adapted from delishhh

Nutella Mug Cake

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Sadly, the kitchen in our college dorm suite does not have a conventional oven. Although we won’t be able to bake cakes, we can still make mug cakes!!! Mug cakes are a college classic since they are a super quick, one serving snack or dessert. This was my first time making one so I was skeptical yet fascinated at the same time.

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These Nutella mug cakes were dessert after the home-made dinner my suitemates and I had (Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas). It was our first time sitting at our small dining table and eating a proper, home-made meal. It took about 2 hours to make the guacamole, quesadillas, and mug cakes and probably less than 20 minutes to eat it all! Still, it was worth it. The four of us agreed that we should try to cook dinner like that every Sunday night, a good way to start off each new week.

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The mug cakes turned out interesting…They were so rich that none of us could finish a whole mug cake in one sitting. The hard part about cooking them in a microwave is that they don’t get heated evenly so some areas were more cooked than others. Overall, it was impressive for a 4 ingredient dessert using a microwave, although not the same as a regular cake of course. Nonetheless, I’ll definitely be making more mug cakes in the future!

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NUTELLA MUG CAKE

Ingredients
4 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup Nutella
3 tbsp milk

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a mug and mix with a fork until evenly blended.

Cook in microwave for 80 seconds. The top should look done but if still wet, microwave for another 15 seconds. Use a toothpick to test whether cake is still gooey on the inside. Let cool in mug completely before eating so that it sets.

adapted from Kirbie’s Cravings

Nutella Swirled Banana Walnut Bread

After you try this, you’ll never look for another banana bread recipe. Best. Banana bread. Ever. It’s a healthy treat that will also satisfy your sweet tooth (double win!) A light, moist, decadent bread that perfectly blends the wonderful flavors of chocolate and banana together.

If you ever have overripe bananas, put them to good use by making banana bread. They act as a natural sweetener so you can put in less sugar! The browner the banana, the better. The sweetness from the Nutella also allows you to cut back on additional sugar.

I made this one Saturday afternoon and the whole loaf of bread was demolished by my family within 24 hours. Several days later I made another loaf for the my co-workers at my summer internship. It was a huge hit and since they all do nutrition research, it got bonus points for being healthy. (Walnuts=Omega-3s!!!)

Eat it for breakfast, eat it for dessert, a snack, whatever! Just beware that once you make it, it won’t stick around for long :p

NUTELLA SWIRLED BANANA WALNUT BREAD
adapted from Pass the Cocoa

Ingredients
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 medium ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup buttermilk *
1 cup plus 1/2 cup walnuts, divided
3 tablespoons plus 3 tablespoons Nutella, divided
Baking spray

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat together canola oil, butter, brown sugar, and bananas until well combined. Add eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Alternately add flour and buttermilk to banana mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Stir after each addition until just combined.

Using your hands, break 1 cup of walnuts into halves. Fold them into the mixture.

Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with baking spray. Pour half of the batter into the pan.

Drizzle entire surface with 3 tablespoons of Nutella. Pour in the remaining batter and drizzle the other 3 tablespoons of Nutella on top.

Use a knife or chopstick to lightly swirl the batter.

Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Bake bread until deep golden brown, about 50-55 minutes. Check by inserting a toothpick in the center and see whether it is clean. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes in pan. Then remove from pan and cool on a cooling rack.

Enjoy!!!

*If you don’t have buttermilk you can substitute it with a mixture of lemon juice and milk. Pour a tablespoon of lemon juice into a 1 cup measuring cup and fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk. Stir and let sit for 2 minutes. Then use 2/3 of it for the recipe.