Healthy Nutella

I admit it, I LOVE (yes, LOVE!) Nutella.  It is definitely one of my guilty pleasures.  But here is a fun fact for you.  Did you know that if you compare Nutella with a block of Cadbury’s Hazelnut chocolate – the block of chocolate actually has more hazelnuts than the Nutella!  Marketed as a ‘healthy’ breakfast spread for children’s breakfasts, you may as well spread melted chocolate on the bread.  Definitely not a nutritious start to the day.  But, like most things, there are healthier alternatives…and thanks to our dietitian Renee, here it is – a healthy Nutella.  Get your spoon into this jar!

This recipe is not only delicious but also HIGH FIBRE, GLUTEN FREE and DAIRY FREE 

 

Ingredients to make 1 jar of Healthy Nutella…

–         1 cup of hazelnuts

–         1 cup of medjool dates, pitted

–         1/2 a cup of water

–         2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup

–         1-2 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder

–         Optional: 1/2 a ripe banana

 

Make the magic happen…

  1. Soak hazelnuts in a bowl of water overnight, or for at least six hours – this is an important step so don’t skip it!  Drain just before use.
  2.  Add nuts to food processor or Thermomix along with the dates, fresh water, maple syrup and raw cacao (and the if using it).
  3. Blend for about 5 minutes or until a very smooth paste forms.
  4. Store in an airtight jam jar in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy!