Quick question... What do you think of when you see chocolate and hazelnuts together? Do you think of something delicious... maybe unhealthy, full of sugar and probably not suitable for every day consumption? Could that thing be... Nutella?
If you answered yes, then today is your lucky day!! Because I have made a more wholesome Nutella just for you!
Back in the days, Nutella wasn’t as popular like it is now. Coming to school with Nutella was A BIG DEAL. Because my mum would never buy it, and when she did - it was the best thing ever. Now, every muffin, cannoli, cake and even drinks can have Nutella in them! As delicious as it is, the hype has sort of blown away for me.
I still enjoy the real stuff from time to time, don't get me wrong. But I'm always looking for that healthier alternative. And even though I've made this healthier alternative, I will still treat it as a healthier treat. Because we can't really live off treats, can we? (Unfortunately not - fruit and veggies should always be the heroes of our days)
This version is much lower in sugar, is made of whole ingredients, and it’s high in Vitamin E and B vitamins, and not to mention healthy fats! This healthy Nutella also has just half the calories of store-bought Nutella, even though I didn’t specifically set out to make a low-calorie recipe. It just turned out that way.
I've teamed up with Formulite, so we can give you not only deliciousness, but deliciousness with added protein and goodness!
Let's cut to the chase shall we? Here is your recipe below!
Prep time: 10mins
Makes: 1x 400g jar
1 cup raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond - I'm a sucker for nuttiness!)
1 tb pure vanilla paste
2 tb cocoa powder
2 scoops Formulite Choc Hazelnut Protein Powder
2 tb maple syrup or honey
optional: 2 tsp oil for extra smoothness (I didn't add this)
Lay the hazelnuts and cashews on a baking tray and roast for 6-8 minutes at 200 deg C.
Then, after the hazelnuts have cooled, tub them together in a paper towel to get the skins off. (it’s ok if a few stubborn skins won’t come off.)
Place the nuts with the milk in your favourite powerful blender or food processor, and blend until the nuts have turned to butter, then add all other ingredients and blend a long time until it’s smooth like Nutella! (Keep on blending, the more you blend, the better!)
Put the mixture in your favourite glass jar and store in the fridge.
Enjoy on toast, with fruit, or straight out of the jar! Yum!
Now here's the exciting part... I calculated a little nutritional breakdown of this recipe in comparison to the real stuff:
This recipe, per 20g serving:
3.9 g fat
0.5g sat. fat
2.5 g carbohydrates
1.2 g sugar
Nutella, per 20g serving:
2g sat. fat
Well that's all from me, enjoy your healthier spread but make sure you eat everything mindfully - no matter if it's healthy or not!
Joyce Haddad, Director of A Dietitian's Mission, is an Adelaide based Dietitian, Nutritionist and Master Personal Trainer with a passion for health and wellbeing. ADM aims to help the public make informed and realistic nutritional choices and ensure everyone has a healthy relationship with their body and with food.