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World Nutella Day - Nutella/Banana Pastry Purses

That's right, it's World Nutella Day.  This indulgent day was created by Sara Rosso, an American blogger living in Italy who writes Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle Fabio, another American blogger living in Italy who writes Bleeding Espresso.   These two women adore Nutella and wanted to create a day when we all indulge! In the spirit of that day, I've made some Nutella Purses which contain banana - one of the two great combinations in all of food history - banana and Nutella.  These are so easy to make and only take a few minutes.   You can certainly add some nuts to this if you like, which I would have done (walnuts, specifically) but I am the only soul in my household that likes nuts.  If you've never bought Nutella before,  you can find it next to the peanut butter in almost any grocery store.  It's a staple in Europe, even at breakfast.  Please visit The World Nutella Day site on February 9th to see the complete 2009 roundup of Nutella recipes from all around the world.

Nutella and Banana Pastry Purses 

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  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough
  • Nutella
  • 1 banana
  • some walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Defrost pastry dough in refrigerator until pliable. Place on lightly floured surface and cut into 9 squares. Place squares on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Using two teaspoons, drop nutella onto center on squares. Slice banana and place a slice on top of nutella. Add nuts if you like. Taking each opposite corner, bring corners together and squeeze tightly. Do the same with the two opposite corners. Make sure all four corners seal well.

Bake at for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. If some of the purses open during cooking, you can seal them back together quickly right after you take them out, when they are still hot.

If you love Nutella, you might like my previous post with Nutella - Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Reader Comments (30)

Wowo this looks so yummy i am bookmarking these.
I eat nutelly on my bread with sliced bananas, but this is so much more delicious, i will have to make these.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHappy cook

oooh - they look so good and so easy to make too. I just saw your pizzelle ice cream nutella sandwich. I posted a similar piece today, minus the ice cream. If only I'd seen this first!

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCiao Chow Linda

You know I loved the ice cream sandwiches, and these little nutella purses look wonderful!!

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYankeeSoaper

I love Nutella but I have only ever had in on a peanut butter sammie, your puffs looks great.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryBeth

These look fabulous. You make it look super simple. Great flavor mix. Will have to try.

February 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDonna-FFW

Pure delight!!

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Perfect, perfect, perfect! These would be lovely to serve at a tapas party or as a before-dessert tease. Thanks for the recipe!

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Very cool! I love them! :)

February 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann

OMGoodness!! I'm in heaven!!

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterProud Italian Cook

I adore nutella, and so does my son!!!

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanelle

These are SO good. I just made two batches, half of one was gone in under five minutes.

February 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlice H

These look really delicious. Would you believe I've never tried Nutella??!

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRecipeGirl

Oh my god, these look absolutely divine!!! And so simple to make! You are simply brilliant my dear.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjesse

super easy too
this is kind of perfect for a fast dessert fix
i love this one for party purposes!

i could eat 6. no doubt.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercook eat FRET

Hi, I was wondering what kind of dough you used? I used the puff phyllo dough, but I don't think that's correct. Thanks!

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPloy

RecipeGirl: Whaaaa????
Fret: Fast to make, fast to eat!
Ploy: I used puff pastry, not phyllo dough. They are two different items.

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Italian Dish

Those look amazing! I think I'll be trying these very soon.

OMG - when I was little you couldn't fine Nutella anywhere in the US and I would beg my cousin to bring some down everytime they visited and then all my sisters and I would fight for bits!!!!!!!!! Is it not the best THANK YOU

March 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Delicious looking and delicious tasting and quite simple to make! I've never made this before. These were pure delight and I'm sure to make them again.

June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDazy

Soooo Yummy! I am eating them as I type!

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

I made these, half with banana and half with frozen strawberries, since my silly sister doesn't like banana. Both kinds were delicious! In fact, when all of the strawberry ones were gone my sister even ate a banana one. That is an impressive feat.
I tried it again later with a few different kinds of frozen berries and the raspberries and blackberries were a hit as well.

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I have a question :) can I make this with phyllo pastry instead of the puff pastry dough?

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoni

From The Italian Dish:

Roni: I would think phyllo dough would work just fine with this! Let me know how it turns out.

June 11, 2010 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

Must these be served hot, or are they still as good after cooling?

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRon

From The Italian Dish:

Ron: They're best served right after they are made and are still good at room temperature for a while. After they cool, they tend to turn a little soggy after a while.

February 12, 2011 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

Do you think it would be plausible to make a big batch, freeze them before baking, then thaw some whenever you'd want a few?
Also, what do you think about using over-ripe bananas, and mixing the nutella and the mashed up banana together so it's all one spread? I think that might make freezing a bit easier?

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

From The Italian Dish:

Alex: Gee, I don't know how the banana would freeze. All I can say is to give it a try and let me know how it works out!

February 23, 2011 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

I was looking for a simple nutella dessert recipe and not the usual nutella filled crepes, this popped up. Super simple and fast! I just made a batch and they taste absolutely delicious... thanks!!!!

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Thanks for the amazing idea, Elaine! I substituted raspberries for banana because I had them on hand, and these were soooo scrumptious!! I can't wait to try them with banana next time (which, let's be honest, will probably be in a week.) I just had to go and blog about it, and linked to your page:

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah L

I'm trying fresh figs tomorrow let you know how they come out.Semper Fi9

September 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMeatball1

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