Nutella French toast has cocoa infused into each slice of brioche! The French toast is cooked until golden brown, smothered with Nutella, and topped with bananas!

Close up of a tall stack of Nutella french toast with bananas.

This breakfast is delicious and oh-so-indulgent! Chocolate French toast (it’s made with cocoa!) layered with Nutella and bananas is perfect for any day you are craving something special. It is quite indulgent but why stop there? Enjoy chocolate French toast with a side of candied bacon and a cinnamon dolce latte and get your day started with a bang!

About this recipe

Nutella, the chocolate hazelnut spread that we all know and love, takes ordinary French toast to a higher level. Thick slices of buttery brioche bread are drenched in a cinnamon and cocoa egg mixture. Each slice is fried until it’s perfectly golden and crispy on the outside but still light and fluffy on the inside, slathered with creamy Nutella and topped with sliced bananas.

Doesn’t your mouth automatically start watering when you think of chocolate oozing out between layers of brioche? Mine does! If you love Nutella, be sure to check out our Nutella pancakes!

This French toast is a Nutella lover’s dream breakfast or brunch. No special occasion is necessary because it’s very easy to make. Make someone you love a very special breakfast in bed and pair it with a freshly made mimosa!

Store-bought Nutella or hazelnut spread is perfect for this chocolate French toast but if you don’t happen to have any, try topping the French toast with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, or a few chopped hazelnuts and chocolate syrup.

This recipe calls for brioche bread; it is thick and sturdy which makes it a perfect choice for French toast. As long as you’re using day-old bread, any of your favorite slices will do. Choosing a gluten-free bread is an easy way to make this recipe gluten-free.

Overhead view of nutella french toast.

What you need

  • Brioche Bread – Thick slices of brioche bread make the best French toast. Brioche has a higher butter and egg content than regular bread, so it may have a slightly yellow appearance.
  • Egg Mixture: The egg mixture is what turns plain ol’ bread into French toast! You’ll need the basics – eggs, whole milk, and sugar. We’re also adding flavor to the eggs with cocoa powder and cinnamon.
  • Unsalted Butter – Butter is used on the griddle to create a nonstick surface but it also adds a layer of buttery flavor.
  • Toppings – We recommend a thick slathering of Nutella or any other hazelnut chocolate spread! Sliced bananas provide a great contrast and pair really well with the chocolate and hazelnut flavors.
Overhead view of ingredients.

How to make it

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sugar until well blended. 

French toast egg mixture before and after mixing.

Heat ½ tablespoon butter in the preheated pan or on a griddle over medium heat. Working in batches, dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, making sure it is well coated.

French toast being dipped.

Transfer to the hot pan and cook for around 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. 

French toast process, being cooked, three images.

To assemble and serve, spread about 1 tablespoon Nutella over the French toast, add banana slices, and top with another slice of French toast. Repeat the process until you have a thick stack and have used all the bananas. If you prefer, serve each slice individually.

French toast with fork.

If desired, dust with confectioners’ sugar and drizzle with maple syrup. Enjoy!

FAQs

What is Nutella?

Nutella is a sweet chocolate spread originating in Italy that has become very popular in North America as a breakfast spread. Its main ingredients are sugar, cocoa, and hazelnuts. It’s smooth and creamy in texture and is used in much the same way as nut butters and jams are. It’s not only used on toast but in all kinds of desserts, baked goods, fillings, and toppings.

Is Nutella healthy for breakfast?

According to Healthline, (and probably most people) it’s not. Despite commercial marketing efforts geared towards breakfasts for kids, the amount of sugar present in store-bought Nutella is too much for you to bank on its health benefits. Hazelnuts on their own are great for protein and good fat but the additives in the processed cocoa, the unhealthy oil, and the high sugar make it much more suitable for a delicious treat!

If you are concerned about this, make your own healthy chocolate spread instead! Combine hemp seeds, raw cacao, coconut oil, hazelnuts (roasted is even better!), and a bit of honey. Blend until smooth and voila!

How to make this French toast your own

  • Toast the hazelnuts for an extra crispy, nutty crunch.
  • If you’re not planning on using any of the sweet toppings, increase the amount of sugar in the recipe to 3 tablespoons.
  • Instead of bananas, try vfresh sliced strawberries, raspberries, mixed berries, or use a combination.
  • Turn this recipe into a dessert and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream!
  • Use a different type of bread. Day-old regular white bread, French or Italian bread, sourdough or rye bread will all do the trick.

TIP! This French toast is best enjoyed immediately. Due to the nature of the Nutella once it’s served, it’s not great left over.

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Tall stack of french toast layered with Nutella and bananas.

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Nutella French toast has cocoa infused into each slice of brioche! The French toast is cooked until golden brown, smothered with Nutella, and topped with bananas!
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Ingredients

French Toast:

  • 6 slices brioche bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Toppings:

  • ½ cup Nutella or any other hazelnut chocolate spread
  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • Confectioners sugar, maple syrup and hazelnuts (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a griddle to medium heat.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cocoa powder, cinnamon and sugar until everything is well incorporated.
  • Heat ½ tablespoon butter in a pan over medium heat.
  • Working in batches, dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture, making sure it is well coated. Transfer to the hot pan and cook for around 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Spread about 1 tablespoon Nutella over the French toast, add banana slices, and top with another slice of French toast. Repeat the process until you have a thick stack, and have used all the bananas.
  • Dust with confectioners sugar and drizzle with maple syrup if desired.

Notes

  • This recipe has a lot of sweet toppings which is why it only calls for 1 tablespoon sugar. If you are not going to be serving it with sweet toppings, increase sugar to 3 tablespoons.
  • Make sure your bread has a thick cut. It makes the French toast more sturdy (and also more delicious!)
Serving: 2slices, Calories: 824kcal, Carbohydrates: 89g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 32g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 262mg, Sodium: 397mg, Potassium: 617mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 1205IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 156mg, Iron: 4mg