Happy Nutella Day everyone! To celebrate, we are sharing a delicious Healthy Nutella Smoothie recipe. There is just something about starting your day off with chocolate that makes the rest of the day better. You can do that and keep it healthy with this Healthy Nutella Smoothie.
Dessert for breakfast. Need we say any more? We love ourselves a savoury breakfast of course, as they are a great way to start your day with lots of veggies. But, a sweet breakfast can sometimes make it easier to get out of bed and the thought of this Healthy Nutella Smoothie will have you, and any kids in the house, jumping out of bed in the morning.
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Let’s talk about Nutella. I am sure most of us have found ourselves in the kitchen at 3am with an open jar, a spoon and Nutella smothered all over our face at some point in our lives. Please make me feel better and tell me that isn’t just me? Who knows what they put in it (best not to look really), but that stuff is addictive. As well as being high in sugar, it uses palm oil and that is something we try to avoid as much as possible. Why? Because the palm oil industry contributes massively to issues like deforestation, climate change and land being stolen from indigenous people to make way for palm oil plantation. If you want to read more about it, then the Say No To Palm Oil website has more on it.
Because of this, we make our own homemade healthier Nutella and it’s kind of awesome! It’s lower in sugar, palm oil free and vegan too. If you wanted to trick your kids, rather than buy a new jar, you could put the homemade stuff in to an old empty jar of Nutella and I don’t think they would every know.
We added a little bit of extra cocoa powder to this to make it extra chocolatey. Did you know that cocoa isn’t actually bad for you and it is considered a ‘superfood’? Lots of people avoid it because they think it is unhealthy, but although a lot of chocolate products are not particularly healthy, that is because of all the sugar that is added to it. It isn’t the cocoa itself. Cocoa powder can provide antidepressant benefits, it is full of antioxidants, and it can also lower blood pressure. That’s enough to convince us!
Hazelnuts are also a good way to add some healthy fats to your diet and they are high in vitamin E too. Peanut and almond butter seem to get all the glory when it comes to nut butter, but hazelnut butter is delicious.
Having a breakfast that has plenty of protein in is important, as it will keep you full until lunch or snack time. The nuts in this smoothie will give you plenty of protein, so there is no need to worry about that. If you want to make this a little bit more indulgent, then top it with some squirty cream. We have just found some vegan squirty cream, and that has been fairly life changing for Dannii.
Healthy Nutella Smoothie Ingredients – Serves 2:
– 500ml/2 cups of non-dairy milk (we used almond milk)
– 1 large banana
– 2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
– 1 tbsp homemade Nutella
1) Put all the ingredients in to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
Nutritional Information – Per Person:
Weight Watchers Points: 5.5
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