Nutella Brownie Bites, Nutella Hot Chocolate

If there is one thing that must stay in my pantry, it’s got to be the Nutella! It cures my sweet tooth and it makes me happy :)

I usually nibble it right out of the container or spread it onto a piece of toast. But today, I feel like trying something a little different. I’m going to bake some Nutella brownie bites and sip on some Nutella hot chocolate ~ a perfect little pick-me-up on a rainy San Francisco afternoon, right?

I found this yummy recipe through One Hungry Mama. She’s got a great collection of easy, fun, and fresh recipes for the grown-ups & the little kiddies. You can search recipes based on the age of your child. There is even a section on just “Introducing Solids and Feeding Baby”…  such a great resource for me right now since I am just starting out my baby on solids.

So here are the recipes:

Nutella Brownie Bites
makes 1 dozen bites
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 c Nutella
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla
5 Tbsp all purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, Nutella and chocolate syrup until smooth.

2. Whisk in egg and vanilla. Add flour, whisking smooth between each tablespoon.

3. Divide batter evenly between the wells of a mini muffin tin, filling each well to just below the top edge. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a brownie bite comes out clean. Enjoy!

*Note from One Hungry Mama: There is nothing in these that cannot safely be shared with younger eaters, but I recommend this for kids 12+ months due to the high sugar content. However old your eaters, be sure to serve them age appropriate servings. One brownie bite goes a long way for the little ones!

Nutella Hot Chocolate
makes 1 cup

1 c milk
2 Tbsp Nutella

1. Combine milk and Nutella in a sauce pan over medium-low heat. Whisk until Nutella melts and milk gets hot.

Extra Rich Variation
Add 2 additional teaspoons Nutella and 1 tsp sweetened cocoa powder.

Cinnamony Variation
Add a cinnamon stick to the pot when making either the original or extra rich version. Once milk is hot, lower the heat and allow to simmer an extra 5 minutes.

{source & images via One Hungry Mama}

Gonna do some baking now. If you have a favorite Nutella recipe, please do tell!! :)