Hazelnut Spread is Awesomesauce
You may have already guessed that I love Nutella. To think that my own mother kept this super amazing and delicious chocolatey hazelnut spread from me for my entire childhood. Don't call the cops - I promise this was her only transgression. My mom is absolutely the best mother out there...always has been and always will be. I definitely won the lottery but this doesn't explain why I had never tasted Nutella until I had my own child. I'm not even kidding or exaggerating. All those years of Peanut Butter (and sometimes PB&J) sandwiches and never even a taste.
Nutella is going mainstream. Here in Canada, Tim Horton's has even been on the bandwagon selling Nutella infused donuts and baked goods and these additions are credited with helping Timmy's improve the bottom line. I've been good and stayed away from the donuts but I can't seem to stop thinking about how to incorporate into smoothies and baking...some days it is just hard to keep from putting the spoon (or finger) into the jar. But really, I've just hit the jackpot and discovered that frozen Nutella is one of the most amazing things ever. Seriously! I may just start freezing the jar. The only way I can describe it is to compare it to fudge in texture. You MUST try this.
Simple Hazelnut Banana Ice Cream
I've made it abundantly clear that I'm all about making ice cream at home. This week, I'm making hazelnut banana ice cream using Nutella. I can't even tell you just how easy this is. Some frozen bananas, milk, cream, Nutella and ice cubes blended together and then poured into a simple loaf pan and placed in the freezer. To kick it up a notch, add some additional dollops or streaks of Nutella once you've poured the ice cream mixture. This will ensure that when you scoop the ice cream you get some fudge like bites of Nutella.
The great thing about this "ice cream" is that it leverage that brilliant frozen banana hack. I can't get my daughter to eat a banana unless it is in ice cream or a smoothie. Come to think of it, I won't eat a banana unless it is in ice cream or a smoothie. Guess we are more alike than I thought 🙂
How about adding Cookies to the mix - Ice Cream Sandwich anyone?
I'm not going to share a cookie recipe because I've been pretty open about my lack of cooking and baking skills and the fact that my ovens are terrible. Yes, both of them pretty much suck! But, I am going to give a shout out to the ice cream sandwich. I made mini-ones rather than those full sized ones you can find at the variety store. I bought mine (yep, failure) but was still really happy with the outcome plus it felt a bit more sophisticated than eating the ice cream with a spoon right out of the pan while standing around the kitchen. These mini-chocolate chip cookies were just about bite sized so the guilt factor was low when combined with the ice cream. Mmmgood. I dare you to eat just one.