Strawberry, Banana & Nutella Panini

When I was six years old my best friend’s family went away to Switzerland for several months. When she returned, the sandwiches her mom made for us on playdates at her house were upgraded to include an exciting new chocolate frosting-like ingredient. I could hardly believe we were allowed to have it. It came from a squat little jar with the letters “n-u-t-e-l-l-a” across the front.

To this day, I still feel…sly might be the word…whenever I dip into the little Nutella jar. It’s seriously okay to just eat spreadable chocolate like that?  It just seems so wrong…yet so right! I even go so far as to store it in the back of my pantry to avoid the temptation. I guess that’s why I’ve never shared a Nutella panini recipe until now (well, technically I have, but I haven’t made a true sandwich on sliced bread with it). Maybe I wasn’t ready to confess that a sandwich filled with chocolate spread was something in which I might, from time to time, delight.

Well, now my secret is out – I like Nutella. And when it’s heated up with fresh strawberries and bananas between two slices of buttered and toasted multigrain bread…irresistible! To me, this is dessert but if you’re among the many who unabashedly enjoy Nutella for breakfast, this will definitely make for a very happy start to your day.Strawberry, Banana & Nutella Panini

Strawberry, Banana & Nutella Panini

Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 6 min (3 min per sandwich batch) | Total time: 17 min

Yield: 4 panini


  • 8 slices multigrain bread
  • 3/4 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 4-6 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.
  2. For each sandwich: Spread 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella inside two slices of bread. Top one slice with strawberries and bananas in a single layer. Close the sandwich and brush melted butter on top.
  3. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the sandwich is heated through and the bread is toasted. Slice in half, serve immediately and enjoy!



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  1. Looks fabulous! I hope you’ll check out my new sandwich cookbook!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  2. Mmm, a dessert panini!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  3. Megan wrote:

    This is right up my alley! I cant resist Nutella.

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  4. Elle wrote:

    Who wouldn’t want dessert for breakfast? I do! You can’t beat this fabulous combo of flavors. I would have loved this as a kid, too!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  5. Maria wrote:

    Can’t wait to make this one!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  6. Louise wrote:

    Oh goodness! What a perfect recipe this would have been for World Nutella Day, in February. I’m just going to have to stash it for next year. Your Strawberry, Banana & Nutella Panini sounds mysteriously sinful.

    Thank you so much for sharing…

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  7. Goodness this looks good!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  8. Bobbi wrote:

    I just discovered your blog today and what a wonderful thing it is! I love, love, love what I call “stuff on bread” – paninis, tartines, sandwiches, whatever. Nutella is a favorite of mine too, check out my version of a nutella panini at
    Keep the paninis coming!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  9. This looks so, so good, Kathy! Love those strawberries!

    Posted 3.31.11 Reply
  10. Now THIS is my type of sandwhich :)!

    Posted 4.1.11 Reply
  11. OMG! OMG! OMG! This looks amazing!

    Great blog!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

    Posted 4.1.11 Reply
  12. That sandwich sounds, and looks delicious….except I don’t like Nutella! It’s the hazelnuts (because it obviously couldn’t be the chocolate!) It amazes me the thousands of people that love the stuff….I would have to substitute it for chocolate peanut butter spread…then I would be happy, and they would both go with bananas and strawberries too!

    Posted 4.2.11 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      They make chocolate peanut butter spread too? That works for me!

      Posted 4.2.11 Reply
  13. OK, this is like my dream breakfast. Seriously! 😉

    Posted 4.2.11 Reply
  14. Tine wrote:

    Wow! Crazy sweet panini! Lovely!

    Posted 4.3.11 Reply
  15. This looks incredible! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

    Posted 4.4.11 Reply
  16. Marly wrote:

    I think the strawberries translates this recipe into a healthy snack! Now to find a vegan version of nutella!

    Posted 4.5.11 Reply
  17. That is my kind of panini:-)

    Posted 4.5.11 Reply
  18. Mmm. Strawberries and Nutella—my favorite combination.

    Posted 4.15.11 Reply
  19. Audrey wrote:

    I’m a Nutella addict known to eat it staight out of the jar :). This sounds like the best breakfast idea ever. There goes the diet…

    Posted 7.26.11 Reply
  20. Ivana wrote:

    Great breakfast/brunch food! I got here by StumbleUponing the Gingerbread Blondie S’mores Panini page. Miracle of the day 🙂

    Posted 12.5.11 Reply
  21. I just received a Cuisinart Panini Press as a 5-yr work anniversary gift… so I started researching panini recipes online…this will probably be my first – it sounds DELISH! Especially since I’m a sucker for anything with bananas in it! Thanks!

    Posted 1.16.12 Reply
  22. Michelle wrote:

    YUMMO! Def. making this. Great blog!

    Posted 2.22.12 Reply