26 January, 2011

Nutella is Evil

Don't let that fake mom on the commercial fool you - Nutella is evil.

I don't care if you tell me there is a cup of skim milk in an entire jar. Turns out I'm not spreading an entire jar on toast. In reality I'm eating it by the spoonful and keeping the children from even knowing Nutella exists.

Let me make it clear that I've got nothing against treats for my kids. We bake at least once a week, they love their honey sticks, and sugar is not a bad word in this house. But Nutella is like crack. Highly addictive and good for giving you a rush. That rush does not belong on toast - that sounds disgusting - because no kid needs to get used to the idea of a chocolate filling for breakfast.

We are considered strict parents among our family and friends. I've got no problem saying no when my kids ask for something repeatedly. But if they knew Nutella existed a whole new world of begging would emerge. Seeing as I don't have the will power to keep a teaspoon out of the jar then I expect a distinct challenge in the same for my children. They also know how to climb on the counters. Keeping Nutella in the house is simply too dangerous.
Then again, I might ask my husband to hide a jar just so I can make these brownies periodically. Rich and fudgy and the recipe makes the perfect amount to satisfy the craving without leaving you with a pound of baking laying around.

That Abby Dodge is a genius when it comes to the easy dessert. She gave me the permission to share this recipe to you. You may have seen it a million times over already since Desserts 4 Today came out. Maybe not. Either way, you should dig out your own jar of Nutella and scrape out what you've managed to leave behind after your midnight snack.

Nutella Brownies
Makes 12 mini brownies

1/2 cup Nutella
1 egg
5 tbsp flour
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a mini muffin tin with 12 papers or liners. (Or spray with non-stick spray.)
2. Whisk the Nutella and egg together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the flour until smooth.
3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Top with chopped nuts.
4. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Remove from oven and set on a rack to cool completely.


ShoPpiNg FaNaTiC said...

MmMmMM LOVE this post HAHA and going to have to try these brownies. Thanks :D

Fareen said...

Sounds soooo good! I'm definitely going to have to try them.

tpdval said...

My son loves Nutella, but I agree with your assessment of it's nutritional value. I tried making a home-made chocolate almond butter as a healthier alternative, but I have yet to get it to work out. I was hoping you or your readers could help me out? Thanks!

Charmian @Christie's Corner said...

I think you have it backwards, Cheryl. YOU are evil for posting this recipe.

Like you, I can't keep my spoon out of the Nutella jar. Hence there is no Nutella in my house. Now all I can think about is Nutella.

You are evil. Pure evil.

And that's one of the reasons I like you.

Lee said...

good thing the kids can read this blog too. my daughters love Nutella and will love this recipe. Me, I just go straight to the chocolate chips! (oops did I say that out loud)

Food Frenzy said...

These are fabulous. Kind of like mini brownie muffins.

So am I to understand that Nutella is a necessary evil? :)

Anyway, we invite you to share this and other posts at Food Frenzy. Please check out our community.

The Celiac Husband said...

They fed us Nutella for breakfast once a week in boarding school.
What a rush.

What was their motivation? The school could have been a shareholder of Ferrero Rocher, who amongst other things addicts kids to Kinder Surprise Eggs.

I for one am addicted since childhood. Horrible. I glad COSTCO keeps my supply affordable.

Julie said...

I saw these on Savory Sweet Life! Must make. Yes, Nutella is evil. Nevermind the cup of milk when the first two ingredients are sugar and modified palm oil!

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle said...

I fear retribution for saying this but Nutella has never done me in. I like chocolate, I like hazelnuts. Why don't I crave those two together by the spoonful? I don't know but I do know this.

I love Abby Dodge so I made her Nutella brownies and put some mocha frosting on them and that...now that is my crack. I've finally found the purpose for Nutella; at least in my life!

Belinda Fireman said...

OMG!!! I have to try this recipe!! Yes, Nutella is crack. And I do the same thing - keep things (like Nutella, Crave cupcakes, etc) hidden from the kids. It isn't working so well now that they are tall and have started inspecting the pantry more often.

the starving student said...

I would die without Nutella! I eat it religiously on my toast for breakfast. You would think I'd get sick of it but it never gets old. On my blog I have a recipe for Nutella Semifreddo...I was just improvising but it turned out pretty good! Nutella lovers should try it out!

The Tai Family said...

I, too, hide Nutella from my kids! Thank you for the recipe. I've been craving a Nutella dessert. These are perfectly portioned for enjoying by myself! (maybe I'll share with my husband)

The Tai Family said...

Yeah, I made it and ate them! Oh so good..even without the hazelnut. I didn't have any on hand. From pantry to mouth in less than 20 minutes!

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