Dessert Empanada Recipe with Nutella and Bananas (Air-fryer Option)

This Nutella Banana Empanadas recipe is easy to make and easier to eat. The recipe combines two classic flavors: hazelnut chocolate spread and ripe bananas which make these irresistible! These empanadas are a must-try – so simple this is a great dessert recipe to make with your kids!

dessert banana empanada recipe

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What is an Empanada?

An empanada is a handheld turnover consisting of dough and filling that is either baked or fried. They are made by folding a sheet of dough over the filling and sealing it before cooking. The name comes from the Spanish word, ‘empanizado’, meaning ‘breaded.’ Check out this article for a bit of history on the empanada.

Tips for making the Dessert Empanadas


You only need a few ingredients to whip up these Nutella Banana Empanadas:

  • Empanada dough: You need six 5″ discs. You may make your own dough or purchase pre-made discs (most often found in the freezer section at your grocer).
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread: Nutella or most other brands work well
  • Ripe banana
  • Egg: lightly whipped, used for sealing and brushing on the outside of the empanadas
  • Optional: powdered sugar and melted chocolate to finish the Nutella banana empanadas
bunch of bananas for empanadas

When to bake the Nutella Banana Empanadas:

These little goodies are best served the day they are baked. You may assemble the dessert empanadas the day before you plan to serve. Keep the assembled empanadas in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic or in an airtight container. Then when it is time for dessert simply heat up the oven, bake and cool slightly and serve.

I hope you enjoy these delicious empanadas as much as my family and friends do!

dessert empanadas on baking tray

Nutella and Banana Empanadas

5 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6


  • 6 5" Empanada Discs


  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (e.g. Nutella or other brand)


  • 1 Large Egg, lightly whipped
  • 1 Tablespoon Chocolate, melted (optional: for drizzle over baked empanadas)
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered sugar (option: to sift over baked emanadas)


Assemble Empanadas

  • Preheat conventional oven or air fryer to 350° F.
  • Place 2 teaspoons Nutella in the center of the empanada disc. Place 2 banana slices on top of the Nutella. Place an additional teaspoon of Nutella over the banana slices.
    filling empanada shells with Nutella and bananas
  • Brush a small amount of whipped egg on the lower half of the empanada disc. Fold empanada dough over so it meets the moistened half of the dough. Press lightly with fingertips.
  • Using a fork, press the empanada dough to seal.
    how to seal empanada shells
  • Brush the tops of the sealed empanadas with the whipped egg. Place on a non-stick baking sheet.

Conventional Oven Baking

  • Bake at 350° F for 18 – 20 minutes.

Air Fryer Baking

  • Place in 350° F air fryer for 10 – 12 minutes.

Finish Empanada (optional)

  • Sift powdered sugar over the cooled empanadas then drizzle with melted chocolate.


Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  1. Jamie


    5 stars
    Simple and tasty dessert empanadas. The combo of nutella and bananas remind me of Paris crepes!

  2. Whitney Stewart


    5 stars
    On word; YUMMY!! I didn’t even have any kind of banana and Nutella recipe! But now that I do, I’m gonna be making these a lot! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Nyxie


    5 stars
    These look gorgeous and sound even better. I have to admit I’ve never heard of an empanada before now.

  4. Michelle


    5 stars
    These empenadas turned out delicious. Thank you for a simple recipe with only a few ingredients. I will be making these again.

  5. Monidipa


    5 stars
    These Nutella banana empanadas are pure heaven! The combination of warm, flaky pastry and gooey chocolate-banana filling is simply irresistible. I can’t wait to try making them myself!

  6. Esmé Slabbert


    5 stars
    Easy and quick but super delicious to prepare. I need to try this for the grandkids soon.

  7. Amy Liu Dong


    5 stars
    Such an easy and delicious recipe to make.
    This is a perfect dessert for every occasion.

  8. abzstylz


    5 stars
    I’ve been craving empanadas, and I can’t wait to make it. It looks so easy to make, and easy to follow recipe. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. Christian Foremost


    5 stars
    Now, this is something that I would like to try. It just looks so delicious and easy to make!

  10. Ntensibe Edgar


    5 stars
    Ooohhhh….these empanadas sound quite nutritious. It’s been a while since I last had anything with nutella in them. Thanks for sharing about their recipe.

  11. Luna S


    5 stars
    This sounds delicious! It also looks fun to make, I will have to see if my kids want to help out with making these. Thanks for sharing this.

  12. Melanie E


    5 stars
    Sweet empanadas sound like a really good idea!! Nutella and banana work really well together in all sorts of desserts. Using ready made pastry saves loads of time so you can eat them faster.

  13. Marysa


    5 stars
    These are so cute, and they look very tasty! I would love to give your recipe a try sometime.

  14. Amber


    5 stars
    My kids love dinner empanadas, fried like we learned in Mexico, but this looks great! I can’t wait to try desert empanadas and to bake not fry.

  15. Chloe Arnold


    5 stars
    Oh my goodness this looks divine! We make crepes with nutella and banana, but I’ve never tried an empanada version. Making this asap!

  16. Helen at the lazy gastronome


    5 stars
    OMG these are so good and easy to make. The video is the perfect instruction!

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