Strawberry Nutella Panino


Ah just the word Nutella sends me into a craze! It might be one of my favorite things on the planet. I was introduced to this Italian creamy hazelnut goodness over twenty years ago. My Italian friends were making what looked like a chocolate sandwich one day for breakfast and I remember thinking that it was quite odd. After a little coaxing on their part I tried it and haven’t stopped eating it since.

I would bring my friends jars of peanut butter (purchased on base) and they would bring me Nom Nom Nom Nutella! I always thought I had the better end of that deal. Sadly my love affair with Nutella was almost tragically cut short when we were transferred back to the states from Italy. Nutella was nowhere to be found. This was a problem. I had to resort to drastic measures. I had my friends mail it to me (along with Baci chocolates – another of my favorites). The love affair continued albeit less frequently than I would have liked.

And then one day several years ago I can remember walking down the grocery aisle and in my peripheral vision I saw “THE JAR.” I stopped dead in my tracks and actually squealed with joy right there in the middle of aisle (yes, I’m sure half of the store thought I was insane). I bought 6 jars right then and there (don’t judge) LOL. We’ve been happy together ever since! There’s always a jar tucked away in the back of one of my cabinets. Yes, I have to hide it otherwise the kids will devour it completely. I do share, just on my terms. LOL

I could list 100 ways to eat Nutella with no problems. Perhaps that should be a post one of these days. I’ll start with one of my favorite go-to snacks or lunch items. It is a Strawberry Nutella Panino! When the Nutella is heated on the panini press/grill it becomes this slow flowing river of glorious goodness! It’s one ooey, gooey hot mess that will have you dreaming about the next time you make it! Make sure you have a load of napkins nearby you’re going to need them!

How do you like to enjoy your Nutella (other than a spoon right out of the jar *wink wink*)?



Strawberry Nutella Panino {Strawberry Nutella Sandwich}
What you’ll need: {Makes 1 panino}
2 slices of Italian Bread – I used my homemade Ciabatta bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter – room temperature
1-2 tablespoons Nutella
2-4 fresh strawberries – sliced
1 fresh mint leaf
What to do:
1. Take your bread and slice it in half. Note: if you slice it after you grill it, your risk the sandwich falling apart.

2. Spread a thin layer of butter on the outside of your slices.

3. Generously spread Nutella onto the bread slices. Layer the sliced strawberries on top. Roughly tear your mint leaf and place on top.

4. Put your slices together and place onto your panini press or grill. Cook until bread is toasted and Nutella starts to ooze out!

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    These pictures are total food porn.

    I am not ashamed to admit I eat Nutella right out of the jar with a big soup spoon. And I don’t regret it. A spoonful of Nutella is the perfect stress reliever after a busy day with my two little boys.

    • 1.1

      Why thank you! I understand completely, I have 3 little ones, also whom are in love with Nutella so I must resort to hiding it, else it’s completely devoured when I go to get some LOL!

    • 2.1

      Grazie’ mille! Adoro adoro adoro la Nutella! Hai ragione! E’ semplicemente perfetta!

  2. 3

    Ah….nutella. I love the stuff. That’s a really great sack idea. Heck I’d have this any time of the day.

    • 3.1

      Thanks Jenn! I have been known to eat this at all times of the day as well 😉 You should try it with bananas as well! Delish.

  3. 4

    I share your love for Nutella as well. One of my favorite ways to eat it is in a crepe. I go to this crepe shop once or twice a month after a hike and just devour the Banana & Nutella crepe. It’s been almost 7 years and that’s all that I have ever ordered there! Another great way to eat it is as a pizza. If you haven’t tried it–OMG you’re missing out! Pizza dough topped with nutella as the “sauce” then topped with more chocolate (semisweet, white, milk). MMmm. melt in your mouth goodness.

    • 4.1

      Thanks Leng! I love it with bananas as well. Try adding a smidge of coconut to your bananas & nutella! Ah-mazing!

  4. 5

    Hahaha 100 ways to eat Nutella! Please, do post about that because I need to know!!!
    I eat it with a spoon, right out of the jar!
    This panino looks perfect. The strawberries sort of “melt” inside and gets all syrupy, don’t they!?

    • 5.1

      Grazie Marta! I think I will get around to writing that post one of these days. Or maybe I could do a once a month recipe featuring Nutella. Mmmh The possibilities are just endless! & Yes, the strawberries melt right into the Nutella! Hence the need for lots of napkins! So yum!

  5. 6

    This looks amazing! I do love nutella, but haven’t had it in so long! I’ll have to fix that ASAP 😉

  6. 7

    This looks amazing. And I love, love, love nutella. In fact, I have 4 jars of nutella sitting about 15 feet away from me in the kitchen cupboard and I think I am going to have a couple of spoonfuls right after I finish writing this comment.

    I think this going to be one of my new favorite ways to eat nutella. And I need to check out that Ciabatta bread recipe. I am definitely making this for dessert soon!

    Thanks for the great recipe! Now, I’m off to have a couple spoonfuls of Nutella.LOL

    • 7.1

      Thanks Kamran! Glad to see I’m not the only Nutella fan 😉 So many possibilities. It’s truly magic in a jar!

  7. 8

    This panino is SO CREATIVE! WOW!

  8. 9

    Ah, so delicious! I make these on special occasions as well, only I just use fudge sauce instead of Nutella. 😉

  9. 10

    I was seriously groaning while reading this recipe. My mouth was watering and I was aching. I bet this is SO good.

  10. 11

    I agree!! Nutella……………………..bliss.

  11. 12

    wow! strawberry and nutella! my two favorite things!

  12. 13

    The mint sounds like just the necessary touch. I have some delightful mint in the yard right now! Man, that sounds sinfully delightful.

  13. 14

    what a special looking treat!

  14. 15

    I love to eat, and this rocked. My wife made it from the recipe on this site, and it was just like you made it.


  15. 16

    I found this post about an hour too late. I just attempted to make a similar recipe, using tortillas instead of bread, and made a giant mess of my kitchen. I will give your approach a try next time. These look delicious.

  16. 17

    Nutella goes well with so many fruits and berries and they go great in sandwiches. Heat it up as a panini and it is even better!

  17. 18

    I love your picture. I will have to give that recipe a try. It is similar to how I make my peanut butter & banana sandwiches. Yummy! 🙂

  18. 19
    lainer /

    Nutella is a wonderful sweet that can be added to anything. It’s yummy.

  19. 20

    Please do share your other ways for using Nutella! I love the stuff, but I have to admit that I’m pretty boring–I use it on a baguette or a crepe usually. I’m definitely trying the strawberry panini, though!

  20. 21
    Janine /

    I am so mad that I just found ur beautiful blog!! Its so cute with the colors, notebook blog so go on. I am so glad you shared some nutella recipes. I am in love with it, too. Can’t go wrong with banana, nutella and coconuts then strawberries too! YUM! bookmarked your bog!

  21. 22
    Gretchen /

    Oh goodness gracious that looks amazing!! I’ll have to stop on the way home and get some Nutella, I ran out…

    And my favorite favorite way to eat Nutella, toasted english muffin, scraping of pb on one half, heap of nutella on the other. Perfect, and they both go gooey from the toasted muffin…oh goodness. Of course I found that Nutella goes really really well with a spoon. 😉


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