Nutella. Worlds favourite Chocolate spread. I’ve probably emptied a hundred bottles in probably 30 years of personal consumption and now my son, he’s crazy about it too. I mean who isn’t – right ? Well it was one day a couple of months back, when my 8 yrs old kid was insisting on having Nutella for breakfast on his pancakes 3rd day in a row that I told him, its probably not to good to eat so much of it. And then I googled it .
Astonishing right. I knew Nutella was not the best choice but always gave it a blind eye, choosing flavour over health, but when I saw this, I was just shocked. Specially now since we are so careful about the amount of sugar we consume.Two tablespoons of Nutella contains 21 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 5 teaspoons of sugar. There’s no reason breakfast can’t be both healthy and delicious, but serving up sugar, modified vegetable oils and processed chocolate in the morning or any time of the day just isn’t the way to go. Wait till you actually search the net and read about all the health risks associated with regular consumption of it.
If what you love is Chocolate and Hazelnuts, then it shouldn’t be too difficult to make a healthy spread at home. Specially since Hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats (mostly oleic acid), high in magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E. Hazelnuts are good for your heart, help reduce the risk of cancer, and aid in muscle, skin, bone, joint and digestive health. What you should know about Hazelnuts – is they are full of oil, but there’s no evidence they are fattening. Quite the contrary: people on nut-rich diets often show weight loss. An explanation for this is that eating nuts stimulates the metabolism and makes you burn more calories.
I did try a couple of recipes and combinations all of which my son disapproved off. “Yukky”, he said ! Its nothing like “real nutella”. Well obviously ‘cuz its healthier I would retort back. I tied making it with combinations Hazelnuts, Good grade organic Cocoa Powder, Olive Oil, Coconut Sugar, Honey, Vanilla, Salt and more. But he didn’t even touch my nut butter. So after a few failed attempts ( as per a kids rating – I would’ve happily eat all of those versions ) I settled for this one. Its simple, its close to what Nutella tastes like, Kids love it – I got a couple of them to try and they approve it, and the plus is, its only probably less than half the calories and excellent quality ingredients.
- 1 cup Toasted Skinned Hazelnuts
- 1 cup Bittersweet Chocolate – chopped
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- pinch of sea salt
I would encourage you to try a small batch first. I did have troubleshooting before as you might face too, as the quality of chocolate and nuts differs. I found my hazelnuts to be dry and they didn’t naturally release oil on grinding, whereas they are supposed to. So its best to try a small lot first and tweak it before you make the big lot.
In a food processor, grind the nuts first. Like all nut butters you will have to do this patiently. The nuts will first grind to smaller pieces, then super fine before they start to release oil. If they don’t, do not worry. Just make sure you grind them the finest you can.
In a Microwave safe bowl, take the chopped chocolate and drizzle the coconut oil over it. Microwave for 30 seconds and give it a stir to melt it evenly.
Now add this to the hazelnuts with a pinch of sea salt. Blend till it all comes together and gets as smooth as you can get it. If you feel the mix is dry you can add another tbsp of oil to it and blend.
Now the Nut butter is perfect to consume at this point, but if you’re looking for a smoother texture, pass the spread through a sieve/ mesh.
Store in a air tight glass bottle in a refrigerator. The nut butter will harden on cooling. Just leave out a little before you wish to consume or microwave for a few seconds.
Note * – you can substitute the oil to any healthy oil. The more oil you add the more spreadable the butter will be.