Nutella, banana & oat breakfast milkshake.



The other evening I had this craving for a Nutella+milk based drink. I asked on Twitter about what happens when you blend up milk with Nutella. Does it go grainy? Does it amalgamate properly? Some people suggested adding bananas for extra richness and thickness, and others suggested the addition of peanut butter for extra indulgence. So I guess this recipe (if you can call it that) is really a team effort!

I’ve been making it for breakfasts a lot over the past week, on days when I wake with a sweet tooth but want to try and stay somewhat healthy. Do you get that? Most days I wake up knowing exactly what I fancy for breakfast. Somedays it’s peanut butter and apple, other days porridge with jam or citrus curd or raisins, chopped apple and cinnamon, and often it’s something chocolatey. God bless Nutella, for making it a-okay to eat chocolate before midday.

 Thanks to the addition of oats, this milkshake feels hearty. Like a proper breakfast, not just a tide-me-over-until-midmorning substitute. Also, I would definitely suggest freezing the bananas first, before adding them to the milkshake. My dear old blender is on its last legs and struggles to cope with anything tougher than a strawberry these days, but if I owned The Blender Of My Dreams (which matches my Kitchen Aid, of course), I’d be doing exactly that.

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Serves one.

1 ripe banana, frozen or fresh
150-200ml ice-cold milk
1 tbsp Nutella
2 tbsp oats

- To make, add the banana chunks, oats, and nutella to a blender, along with a splash of milk. Blend into a thick liquid, until the oats have broken down. If your banana is frozen (which mine totally would be if- like I said- my blender wasn’t complete rubbish) you might need a little extra milk to get things going.

- Once the ingredients have all broken down and combined, with the blender still running, slowly add in the remaining milk until the milkshake reaches the consistency you prefer. I like mine kind of thin, so it doesn’t feel like too rich a drink for morning consumption.

- Serve in a small glass, perhaps with an ice cube or two to keep things nice and chilled. I’m planning on freezing some milk into cubes this week, so that I can add them to my morning milkshakes without fear of them melting and making my drink too watery.

* Consider making up a double or even triple batch, and stashing a portion or two in sealed containers in the fridge for later breakfasts. *

Substitutions and additions: Gluten-free oats for regular oats, a tsp cocoa powder, dash of honey or vanilla, coconut/almond/soy/hazelnut milk in place of cow’s milk, tsp of whole almond/peanut butter.

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p.s. Do not put whole oats on top of your milkshake. It might look cute, but it does not taste cute.

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  • Tamsin

    I’ve been making a version of this smoothie for years and it just hits the spot when you fancy something a little bit naughty for breakfast. It’s definitely made me hungry now just looking at these photos!

  • Tamira

    Love your mention at the end – you are absolutely right. Whole oats do not taste cute at all. I love this idea!! I’m thinking I might have to jump aboard the breakfast smoothie ship – hurrah for dishwashable blenders! T xx

  • Antonia @ Health Inspirations

    How delicious! I always navigate towards a sweet breakfast. Most days I’ll have porridge with berries and a spoon of chocolate-almond butter :)
    I once made a shake out of the Lotus Caramelized Biscuit spread and it was one of the best drinks ever!

  • cerys @ mascara and mud

    oh my life, this is definitely being tried out at ours asap! looks dreamy! x

  • Beth

    I love Nutella and banana milkshakes for breakfast, but I’ve never thought of adding oats – great idea!

  • Chloe

    I would so be trying this if I had a blender…looks delicious!

  • Charlotte (@makupbcandlelit)

    What an amazing milkshake, great way to start the day :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • Lou

    Haha, I like the oat warning : ) This sounds absolutely delicious. I’ve been doing healthy juices/smoothies during the week for breakfast, but I think I’ll try this as a bit of a Sunday treat on the weekend xx

  • Rozafa


    Oh my God, this is called a real breakfast!*_*
    Tomorrow I want to do it. Congratulations are very good. I really like your pictures, that camera do you use?

    Ciao Ciao

  • Yuen Lim

    Hahah, nutella definitely makes it okay to have chocolate before midday ;) Best invention yet!
    Although I’m not the biggest fan of banana drinks, I’m actually going to try this! Looks like the perfect thing to kickstart the day (:
    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jade @ Bits & Bobs

    This sound like a great breakfast treat, especially for those with a sweet tooth. I’d love to try these, although I think I’d keep them as weekend indulgence otherwise I’d be consuming far too much nutella (not that that’s a bad thing, haha!)

  • dani

    It looks very sugary :O
    I like Nutella but one glass lasts for a month or 2 :D
    It’s a bit too much sugar for me ;)
    But maybe the oats are softening the taste? Right?

    • Rosie

      It actually isn’t too sweet! :) Well, I don’t find it overly sweet anyway. The sweetness of the banana brings out the dark cocoa flavour of the nutella, and if you use less ripe bananas, they tend to have a less sweet taste. The oats bring a savoury flavour too!

  • Sophie

    This looks incredible! I know what I’ll be having for breakfast the rest of this week :)
    Sophie x

  • Leah June

    Oh goodness. That looks absolutely amazing.

  • Liesa

    Mmm, this looks so good! I know what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow morning! xx

  • Michelle

    Oh my, any chance you could deliver some of this straight to my face? I’m stuck at my desk see.(Sans oaty topping of course!)
    M x

  • Teffy

    I have got a MASSIVE jar of nutella at home that is begging to be devoured. This is my perfect excuse to have it in the morning, as a milkshake, without feeling like I’ve cheated the health kick from breakfast!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  • Anne

    Chocolate for breakfast? Yes please! This looks delicious xxx

  • Victoria

    Looks utterly delicious – definitely my kind of breakfast. I never normally have Nutella in the house as I don’t have enough willpower to not eat it all with a spoon! However I made Nutella filled croissants at the weekend and actually have a bit left.

    It’s also apparently Official Nutella Week this week (so I saw on Twitter, so it must be true!). So I might give this a go!

    Victoria, xx

  • Nicola

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try these for breakfast one morning, I always have a sweet tooth in the mornings and find it so hard to find healthy options!

    Nicola xx

  • Cathryn

    I’m going to need this to get me out of bed every morning! Looks amazing!

    Cathryn x

  • Amy

    Very appropriate for World Nutella Day!! x

  • Hannah

    This looks so good!! I don’t have a blender at uni, but when I get home I’ll definitely be giving this a go :)
    Hannah x

  • Kirsty

    Oh man this sounds so delicious, although unfortunately I just cannot be trusted to have nutella in the house. I honestly have no self control around the stuff haha! xx

  • Emily

    This looks awesome. I’m always struggling with breakfast in the morning, I never feel like eat ‘solid’ foods so early and smoothies can sometimes get a bit tiring. I really do love nutella so I plan on trying this one morning in the near future! Thanks!

    Emily | HONEY LOAF x

  • Deenie

    Oh my goodness, reading through this recipe had me drooling. I’m definitely waking myself up to one of these at the weekend, thanks SO much for sharing!

  • Becca

    This sounds SO good! I also love your note at the end- too funny! You’re well timed on this post. Today was national Nutella day in the states! (A made up holiday, but a good one to have written in on your calendar)

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  • Georgina

    Oh KitchenAid, how I lust after your blenders. Me and James have potentially found our perfect house and a big selling point is sockets in the kitchen, I literally stood in the middle pointing at them yesterday going mixer, blender, food processor, I think the vendor thought I was a little crazy!
    This post totally redeems you for making me want choux buns for breakfast, I shall go make these instead :) xx

  • Eleanor

    This looks incredible Rosie, if I could I’d eat Nutella with everything. Your photos are looking amazing by the way, which magical camera are you using? I have an E600d but they always come out so yellow (although that could be the crappy light at our cottage) – I might have to do a course or something! x

    • Rosie

      With you on the Nutella thing ;) I use a Canon EOS 600d! Think I’ll just drop you a little email actually regarding cameras and yellow lighting (bane of my life!) so watch your inbox lady!

  • Maria

    This looks delicious, I am a massive fan of Nutella!

    Maria xxx

  • LilyLipstick

    This looks so good – I really need to get back into the habit of using my blender and this recipe is definitely a good incentive! x

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