Decadent Nutella Waffles

Nutella waffles need no explanation. They’re a traditional buttermilk waffle laced with the chocolate hazelnut spread you know and love.

Could anything be better than Nutella waffles? How about a Nutella-filled waffle topped with more Nutella, some banana slices, and a drizzle of maple syrup?

Now that’s breakfast.

plate with a nutella waffle, banana slices, and spoonful of nutella.

Recipe inspiration

This Nutella waffle recipe is adapted from my recipe for peanut butter waffles, which itself was an adaptation from a Dorie Greenspan recipe.

Tips and tricks

About Nutella

Nutella is a chocolate and hazelnut-flavored spread made that’s been made by the Italian company, Ferrero, since the 1960s. Fun fact: the company supposedly uses one-quarter of the world’s supply of hazelnuts, which are primarily grown in Turkey.

With its first two ingredients being sugar and palm oil, Nutella is definitely not a health food. If you want to control the amount of sugar in these waffles, you can make your own Nutella recipe.

What’s in a waffle?

Waffles are made with:

  • Dry ingredients, including flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Melted butter
  • Liquid like buttermilk or milk

This Nutella waffle recipe just adds Nutella to the classic mix.

ingredients for Nutella waffles on the countertop.

Cooking with kids

Kiddo saw me take out those ingredients and immediately asked if she could help make these Nutella waffles. Normally, I would have jumped at the opportunity. A few months ago I wrote this guest post on how to get kids in the kitchen without increasing your stress.

a young child scooping and weighing out flour.

Weighing out ingredients

Weighing your ingredients is always a more reliable way to cook. It’s particularly helpful with my kiddo, who hasn’t yet mastered how to fill a measuring cup and level it off. Plus this way we get to work on simple arithmetic and fractions.

a child holds a hand mixer to combine the eggs and nutella.

Combining the batter

If you ever need to combine things gently so as not to overmix a batter, like with these waffles, give it to a child. Waffle batter, just like pancake and muffin batters, should be mixed only until the dry ingredients have been moistened. And all of these batters should be baked right after making them.

a child stirs the nutella waffle mixture.

Your waffle batter might be a little lumpy, and that’s ok. Go ahead and scoop the batter onto your preheated waffle iron. This recipe will make six half-cup waffles.

Nutella waffle batter in a glass bowl.

Variations and substitutions

Add chopped hazelnuts to the batter or as a topping. To remove the bitter skins, toast the nuts for a few minutes and wrap them in a clean kitchen towel. Rub the hazelnuts against each other inside the towel to use the friction to remove the skins.

If you want to separate your eggs for lighter waffles, add only the yolks to the mixer in the initial peanut butter and egg step (step #3). Then, once all of the rest of the ingredients have been added (i.e. through step #6), whip the egg whites using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped whites into the waffle batter and proceed according to your waffle maker instructions.

FAQs

Do I have to weigh out my ingredients?

I always weigh out ingredients because there is so much variation in how people measure, particularly with flour. You are much more likely to get a reliable result from each recipe if you weigh your ingredients.

Can I freeze waffles?

Yes. Waffles, even homemade ones, freeze very well in a freezer bag. You just might have to play around to figure out how best to re-heat them, depending on your toaster.

What waffle iron do you use?

I have used this basic Cuisinart waffle iron and the All-Clad waffle iron. Both work reasonably well enough for me to recommend them.

Related recipes

Like waffles? Check out my other waffle recipes:

Love Nutella? Go for the Nutella blondies, Nutella banana bread, Nutella poptarts, or Nutella babka if you just want more Nutella!

Nutella Waffles

5 from 1 vote
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 half cup waffles
Calories: 348kcal
This Nutella waffle recipe needs no explanation. Especially when you top Nutella waffles with Nutella, banana slices, and a drizzle of maple syrup!
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Equipment

  • Waffle iron
  • Hand mixer (optional)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • cups (156 grams or 5.5 ounces) bleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 eggs see note for variation involving separating egg yolks and whites to create a lighter waffle
  • cup (300 milliliters or 10.5 ounces) shaken buttermilk
  • toppings: sliced banana, maple syrup, and/or more Nutella

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a small pot.
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt).
    1¼ cups (156 grams or 5.5 ounces) bleached all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, 1 pinch salt
  • In a mixer bowl, combine the Nutella and eggs by hand. Or use a hand mixer at low speed until smooth (see note for variation involving separating eggs to create a lighter waffle).
    ½ cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread, 2 eggs
  • Add the buttermilk and melted butter and mix until combined.
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, 1¼ cup (300 milliliters or 10.5 ounces) shaken buttermilk
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Make the waffles per your waffle iron instructions. This recipe makes six or seven ½ cup waffles.
  • To serve, top with: chopped bananas, maple syrup, or a spoonful of Nutella.
    toppings: sliced banana, maple syrup, and/or more Nutella

Notes

If you involve a child in making the batter, expect your prep time to take at least twice as long!
Variations:
  • Add chopped hazelnuts, either to the batter or as a topping.
  • Separate the eggs for lighter waffles. To do this, add only the yolks to the mixer in the initial peanut butter and egg step (#3). Then, once all of the rest of the ingredients have been added (i.e. through step #6), whip the egg whites using a hand mixer until you get stiff peaks, and gently fold the whipped whites into the waffle batter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 3mg
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the mess in the sink after making nutella waffles.

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