Nutella-Cherry Oatmeal Squares for World Nutella Day

February 5, 2009 · 20 comments

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Ok, I’ll confess right off the bat. It’s World Nutella Day, and I didn’t technically use Nutella.  See, the Nutella that is prevalent in most stores in the States is the kind in a plastic jar, with partially hydrogenated this, that, and the other. You can’t really pronounce the ingredients  unless you have a doctorate in linguistics. The European version, which has more normal ingredients, is not as easy to find. So, I decided to use Choco Dream which is a natural Belgian cocoa spread with hazelnuts. Same delicious taste, ingredients I can pronounce.

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World Nutella Day was brilliantly created by Michelle at Bleeding Espresso and Sara at Ms. Adventures in Italy.  When I missed National Chocolate Cake Day last week, I knew I had to participate in Nutella Day (which, in my opinion, is way better than chocolate cake anyway, because it’s got chocolate *and* hazelnuts).

I love Nutella. I was one of those weird Europeans kids who always had it around the house. :) Now, I can’t keep it at the house because, well, I’ll just sit and eat it like a person would sit and eat a pint of ice cream.

I really wanted to make nutella rice pudding for this, but let’s just say I procrastinated too much and I didn’t really have the time to make the pudding and, more importantly, the time to eat it. I decided to make some incredibly easy to whip up nutella-cherry squares.

This recipe was inspired by these raspberry oatmeal squares that I have made a few times. They’re so easy to throw together and taste delicious. I definitely changed the recipe quite a bit. My only problem was the nutella was kind of a  bitch to spread. So, next time, I’ll probably microwave it for a few seconds to get it more of a pouring consistency. The combo of the buttery oat crust, nutella & cherries is delicious. How could it not be?!

Nutella-Cherry Oatmeal Squares

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1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1.25 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread (such as Nutella or Choco Dream)
2/3 cup cherry preserves/jam/jelly
1.5 cups oats, divided
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9″ square baking dish.

Beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until just incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture to combine. Stir in 1.25 cups oats. Press 2/3 of the mixture into the  baking dish.

Spread the nutella over the crust (again, you may want to microwave for a few seconds), and then spread the cherry jam over the nutella.  Add the remaining 1/4 cup of oats and the chopped hazelnuts to the remaining flour/crust mixture. Crumble the mixture over the nutella and jam.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a rack before cutting into squares.

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Joelen February 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm

These look great and I’ll have to scout out that ChocoDream!

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Erin February 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm

These look delicious! I love Nutella, and I don’t think I eat enough of it!

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Kate February 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

You’re so on top of these food holidays. I’m nowhere near as good!

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Peter G February 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Oohh! These look heavenly Elly…I can only imagine the taste!

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kokomama February 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Yes, where did you find the choco dream? I don’t like using nutella in baked goods or even on warm dishes because of the oil separation and the greasy flavor.

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elly February 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I got the choco dream at Whole Foods. I’ve never had it but I’m *pretty* certain Trader Joe’s also has their own brand of hazelnut-chocolate spread.

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nina February 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

Well, this is the healthiest Nutella recipe I have seen this far!!! Looks delicious!

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Núria February 6, 2009 at 4:42 am

I updated the reader… finally! Sorry Elly I meant to do it before, but as many other things… I forgot!

Your no-nutella dessert looks soooooo delicious :D. It’s the same in my house… I cannot have a nocilla (that’s the name of the sinful thing here) in the cupboard… it lasts for such a short time ;D

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Bellini Valli February 6, 2009 at 4:55 am

I used a different version myself called Nutkau. It is from Italy too and I still get all of the hazelnut/chocolate goodness:D

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arimou0 February 6, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Good call on not buying the jar with ingredients you can’t even pronounce. That’s the main reason that stops me from buying a lot of package goodies this days. I need to make my own nutella at home :) Great recipe and I like your new house! I think I won’t have problems leaving comments now :D

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colleen February 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I’m drooling looking at the pictures! This looks great – I love anything with an oatmeal crumb.

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elra February 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

Wow, sounds delicious. I made baked pear stuffed with nutella for this event. Glad I can participate.
Cheers,
Elra

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Peter February 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Good for you on not buying the industrial Nutella…why don’t they sell the natural one everywhere?

This square would make for a yum afternoon snack at work, with coffee…you know…the 3pm stretch.

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Kevin February 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm

These bars sound good. I like the sound of combining jam and nutella.

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Renea(MrsSchoon) February 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Well isn’t that just heaven on a plate!

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kayte February 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm

these look wonderful! i’ve been looking for a new bar recipe to try out. i think i will give this one a shot sometime soon!

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booksncooks February 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I tried these this weekend and they were a hit. I especially loved the flavor of the oatmeal cookie, a little sweeter than most. Thanks for a great new recipe!

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