This Nutella & Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast recipe is what dreams are made of – think perfect slices of French toast stuffed with just the right mix of Nutella and dark chocolate, gently bathed in a berry compote sent directly from the heavens. Yes, bestie…it’s *THAT* good.
…Nutella & Dark Chocolate French Toast, the stuff dreams are made of
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Riz! This is too much. I don’t deserve this much deliciousness.” I want you to cast aside those silly thoughts. You have worked hard this week. And you deserve this delicious French toast experience.
Honestly speaking, stuffed French toast may be one of the greatest breakfast recipes ever created. Not only is off-the-scale yummy, but it’s just as easy as making regular French toast.
I prepared this for a group of friends, and one of them put it best:
“You know what this is? This last bite…it’s like that last kiss before your lover leaves for war.”
Try it once and you’ll understand the magic. It’ll be like having a chocolate-covered, berry-coated loaf thrown at your face. (In a really, really, good way.)
What is Stuffed French Toast?
For the uninitiated, you may be wondering what exactly stuffed French toast is? Or how to stuff it? Don’t worry, I got you. And it’s all pretty simple.
Stuffed French toast is essentially a French Toast sandwich – two slices of French toast filled with something tasty. This recipe uses Nutella and dark chocolate as the filling, but there really is an unlimited number of options. (Comment below and let me know if you have any favourites!)
As for how to stuff French toast – no fancy techniques required! It’s a simple as spreading jam on toast, and then sandwiching it with another slice of bread.
What kind of bread to use for stuffed French Toast recipes
Brioche and challah bread are ideal. Potato bread is a great substitute (it’s actually what I used the very first time I made a Nutella French toast). But you can certainly make do with other breads like Texas toast or even all-butter croissants.
Sourdough is another good option – it’s sturdy, and can absorb a lot of liquid without breaking.
Something to keep in mind (and this is French Toast 101) is that you want your bread to be slightly stale. The slight staleness allows for the bread to absorb more of that liquid batter without risk of tearing or breaking. Of course, if you see that your bread has absorbed so much batter that it’s becoming delicate, it’s probably a good idea to (gently) remove it!
One bread I’d personally stay away from in this case is (funnily enough) classical French baguette. It’s not that baguette is a bad choice, it’s good in the sense that, like the others mentioned, it’s sturdy and can absorb a lot of liquid.
However, I think baguettes are actually a little too sturdy – there’s just too much bite required from them (when used to make French Toast), especially if you’ve allowed them to go a little stale.
That said, it’s a popular option for many. So…you do you, bestie.
Is this Nutella French Toast as good as it sounds?
No, bestie. It’s better. Without a doubt, this is one of my most indulgent breakfast recipes. It’s rich, and full of flavour, and the tartness of the berry compote cuts through the sweetness in all the right ways.
(Serve with fresh strawberries if cooking for the love of your life.)
Nutella & Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast, Updated
Fun fact: this was actually one of the very first recipes I published to Chocolates & Chai (back in January 2015, before this was officially a blog). It’s still one of my favourite recipes, and it’s been on my list of recipes to republish with new photos and an updated, more informative post for a very long time.
Other delicious French Toast recipes you’ll love
French toast is one of those perfect breakfasts, it’s indulgent enough to be a hit every time you make it, but it’s also easy enough to make without breaking a sweat. Here are some other recipes I know you’ll love:
- Hong Kong Style French Toast
- Perfect French Toast (Twice-Cooked!)
- Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake
- Baked French Toast
- S’mores French Toast
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Nutella & Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 2 stuffed French Toast sandwiches 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
This decadent Nutella & Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast is what dreams are made of! A berry compote takes it from Heavenly to a whole new level. (Good thing it’s super easy to make to!)
- 2 thick slices of Brioche/Challah
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2–3 tablespoon Nutella
- 2 bars of dark chocolate
- ¼ cup of mixed berries
- 1tbsp white sugar
- 1tsp icing sugar
- 1tbsp unsalted butter
- Mix the berries and white sugar in a ¼ cup of water, and leave the mixture to simmer (stirring occasionally) over a low-medium heat. Once the mixture has reduced slightly, lightly mash with a fork.
- Whisk the egg, milk, and vanilla extract together and pour into a large flat dish. Spread 2-3tbsp of Nutella on one slice of bread, then place the two bars of dark chocolate towards the centre of the spread (they’ll melt down to create pockets of gooey deliciousness in the finished dish); use the remaining slice of bread to create a sandwich.
- Soak each side of your newly formed sandwich in the egg/milk/vanilla batter for 1-2 minutes (depending on how quickly it absorbs).
- Melt butter in a large frying pan, add the sandwich and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Once golden, remove the sandwich and slice in half.
- Plate, drizzle on the berry compote, and dust with icing sugar to finish. (Optional: Pour on a little maple syrup)
If you don’t have access to brioche or challah bread, potato bread works great too! Regular white sandwich bread works okay, but it doesn’t have quite the same flavour/texture.
Pro Tip: Don’t go crazy when mashing the berry compote. You want to preserve some of that wonderful berry texture.
Pro Tip: Drizzling on a little maple syrup is a great way to ramp up the sweetness!
Make-Ahead: You can make the batter the night before and refrigerate it.
Milk Substitutions: Although, this doesn’t require milk with a specific fat content, I find best results from from 3% or half-and-half. However, you should be fine substituting with your milk of choice!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Category: Breakfast & Brunch
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: French
Keywords: Nutella & Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast, Stuffed French Toast, Nutella French Toast, Dark Chocolate French Toast, Nutella Stuffed French Toast
Mmmmmmmmm… I’ll be dreaming about breakfast 🙂
I hope you like it, it’s one of my personal favourites!
bel @ Mums Take Five
Thanks for sharing with us for The Sunday Brunch Magazine, lovely to see you Bel & Eliza xx
Niels @ Have Another Bite
Oh, that looks so good! I’ve never made those before and I def will next weekend! Thanks for sharing.
Hope you enjoy them!
OH. MY. GOD. @@
My. Sentiments. Exactly.
THEY WERE SO GOOOOOOD!!!!!!! I’m going to make them again this weekend!
Woohoo! I’m so glad to hear that Maya!!!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
Whoa! So decadent! This would make for a delicious holiday breakfast (with coffee, of course 😉 ).
Of course…a holiday breakfast wouldn’t be completed without a delicious cup of coffee!
That is my kind of breakfast! We made a Nutella and banana stuffed french toast, so we know how awesome it is! I love the addition of the berry compote. To me, chocolate and berries go hand in hand. Yummy!!
Oh! I’ve made that version too! I’ve been planning to try caramelising the bananas and seeing how that tastes too! 🙂
I tried this recipe and it turned out yumm!
I made it once without dark chocolate and that tasted nice as well. But adding dark chocolate gives tastier result.
Hi Fatima! Thank you so much for trying the recipe!! And I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Where have you been all my life? Yum!
Right here, Joss. Like all things fated, this stuffed French toast recipe, has been quietly sat here waiting for the universe to lead you to it. 🙂
OMG, those photos have me legit drooooling right now! This looks so decadent and perfect for when my Nutella craving strikes. LOVE the photos too!
Thanks so much Jessica! Nutella cravings strike me pretty often…so this is one of those recipes that is near and dear to me!
Holy moly—this is just sinful in the best. way. EVER. <3
French toast is always such a nice weekend breakfast treat, but this takes that treat to a whole new level of indulgence and I am HERE FOR IT. Gorgeous shots, too!
LOL! Thanks Dana! New levels of indulgence are what I’m all about (…except when I’m kidding myself and trying to make healthy brunches lol!)!
OMG Riz! Everytime I come here I am drooling. Where do you come up with such decadent creations.? I need this asap!
Thanks Colleen!!! I like to believe that we foodies think with our stomachs 🙂
Wow Riz. This is The most amazing breakfast i have ever tried . It is super delicious for a nutella lover.
Yaay! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. it’s one of my personal favourites too!
Pretty sure this has ruined me for all other French toast. It’s okay, I can live with eating only this for breakfast forever lol Your photos are amazing, by the way!
Awww, thanks Jo! You’re lovely. (Not to brag…well, actually…to brag a little bit…one of my french toast loving friends said that this recipe beats out his favourite french toast from a very popular local brunch spot!) I hope you enjoy it too!
there is no sugar in French toast coating. p.s I am not adding berry compote on the top. how much sugar should i add? please excuse such basic question but i am beginner in cooking world.
Hi Nehdia! All questions are valid 🙂 The icing sugar that you dust on at the is just to add a little extra hit of sweetness to the recipe, so how much you add really depends on how sweet you want your french toast to be. Personally, I don’t add too much – less than a 1/4 teaspoon. Hope you enjoy it!
Hello! This recipe looks delicious. However I have a quick question: For the 2 chocolate bars, do we need 2 x 3.5 oz chocolate bars?
I just thought it was a little too much for just 2 slices of toasts.
Let me know, thanks
Hi Delphine! If you want the chocolate to ooze out (like in the photos), it does take quite a bit of chocolate, but totally fine to adjust to your personal tastes. Some days I’ve made this using just half a bar broken into pieces. Hope that helps!