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Easy Nutella Pancakes {NO Freezing!}

stack of nutella flavored pancakes on a stack of white plates with hazelnuts and syrup pouring over it

These quick and easy nutella pancakes are great to make at home for a fun weekend breakfast or special holiday brunch. The batter is mixed with nutella right inside of it for delicious pancakes flavored with a hint of chocolate and hazelnut. 

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • chopped hazelnuts, optional
  • maple syrup, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat a griddle pan or electric griddle on medium low heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine and remove any lumps.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the melted butter into the Nutella. Add the milk and eggs and whisk until smooth. 
  4. Add the Nutella mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk together to combine.
  5. Grease the pan or griddle lightly with butter and use a ladle or measuring cup to pour ¼ cup of the batter onto the pan for each pancake. Cook for about 45 - 60 seconds until bubbles start to form and pop, and the underside is golden brown. Flip the pancakes over and cook an additional 30 seconds until the other side is browned as well. Repeat with the remaining batter until all pancakes have been cooked. 
  6. Top pancakes with chopped hazelnuts and syrup, if desired.

Notes

  • Cook pancakes no higher than medium low heat. If the heat is too high, the outside of the pancake will cook too fast and the middle will still be raw.
  • If you like thinner pancakes, add additional milk to thin out the batter.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Mini Pancakes - Use only 1/8 cup of the pancake per batter to make mini pancakes.
  • Dippers - Pour the batter into 3-4 inch strips that are about 1-inch thick for a fun pancake shape to dip into syrup!
  • Pancake Mix - This recipe includes instructions for homemade batter, however the pancakes can be made with pancake mix instead. Adding the Nutella does make the batter a little bit thicker, so additional liquid may need to be added to thin it out.
  • Toppings - For alternative toppings to hazelnuts and maple syrup, see the list of other topping ideas below. 

Alternative Topping Ideas

  • Sliced Bananas
  • Strawberries, Raspberries or Blueberries
  • Chopped pecans or sliced almonds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Caramel sauce
  • Buttermilk syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Biscoff spread
  • Whipped cream

Make Ahead and Storage Instructions

It's not recommended to make the pancake batter ahead of time. However, the pancakes can be cooked ahead of time and frozen for use later. Allow them to cool completely and then place them on a sheet pan to freeze in a single layer. Transfer frozen pancakes to a zip top bag or airtight container and then keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Leftover pancakes will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

 

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