Challah Nutella Banana Panini

My husband brought a loaf of Challah home from NYC before one of the recent predicted snowstorms so he could make French toast for breakfast. It’s been a tradition for the last few years, and one that I’m totally on board with.

Later that evening, I decided that I needed a Nutella fix.

And I needed it now.

Challah Nutella Banana Panini

This warm, decadent dessert sandwich combines Nutella and sliced banana between big, fluffy pieces of Challah. The butter caramelizes a bit to make this really beautiful crust that offsets all of the ooey gooey filling. It would be a great way to end your Valentine’s Day dinner!

It was outstanding.

It was messy.

It was a very bad, very good thing.

Challah Nutella Banana Panini

Challah Nutella Banana Panini


4 thick cut slices of Challah bread
1 banana, halved and sliced lengthwise
Unsalted butter, softened (or use spreadable butter substitute)
Powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
Special equipment: panini press


  1. Preheat your panini press. Slather one side of each slice of Challah with a layer of Nutella. Don't be shy.
  2. Lay banana slices along 2 of the Nutella-covered slices of Challah, and flip the other slices, Nutella-side down, onto the bananas.
  3. Spread a thin layer of butter on the outsides of the 4 pieces of Challah and place sandwiches on the preheated panini press. Lower the top of the press and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the bread is nicely caramelized and the filling is warm.
  4. Remove panini, slice in half, dust with powdered sugar and dive in!


Original Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli


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