Nutella banana bread

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A Serious Makeover for a Classic Quick Bread
Nutella, meet...Banana
Why it works: As if we didn't love banana bread enough already (hello, cake for breakfast), swirling Nutella into the batter has made us swoon even more. Parisian crêpe stalls do big business selling thin pancakes a la "Nutella-banane," and it's easy to see why: The tropical fruit, sweet chocolate and toasty hazelnut are a terrific combination.

Get the recipe: Nutella Banana Bread
The Nani

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An Upgrade for an Unassuming Cracker
Nutella, meet...Saltines
Why it works: If you've got a thing for salty sweets, this crunchy-smooth, no-bake dessert will definitely speak to you. Even if you aren't obsessed with savory desserts, it's irresistible: a triple-decker sandwich made from crackers and Nutella, bound together around the edges with chocolates and sprinkles.

Get the recipe: The Nani
Nutella brownies

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An Ultrasimple (Yet So-Delicious) Brownie
Nutella, meet...Eggs, flour and not much else
Why it works: The chocolate-hazelnut spread is rich enough to bake up into a wonderfully fudgy brownie; all it needs is some flour, salt and eggs. This ultimate eleventh-hour recipe works in a traditional square pan, or you can spoon the batter into muffin cups and make individual treats.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Brownies
Nutella truffles

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The "I Don't Know How to Make Truffles" Truffle
Nutella, meet...Brownie mix
Why it works: The soft candies known as truffles may sell for $3 a piece at high-end chocolate shops, but making your own is as basic as stirring together dry brownie mix, a jar of Nutella, water and corn syrup. You mix and roll the ingredients into balls and coat them in whatever toppings you'd like, from crushed toffee bits to toasted nuts and coconut.

Get the recipe: Brownie Truffles
Nutella squares

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The Bar Cookie-Candy Hybrid
Nutella, meet...Cornflakes
Why it works: Nutella does a fantastic job of holding together crushed, crispy cereal flakes. Along with melted chocolate and some sea salt, these ingredients make a chocolaty, textured square that you can whip up in about three minutes.

Get the recipe: Hip-to-Be Squares