If any of you have watched the Nutella adverts, then you probably get as annoyed at them as I do. I have nothing against eating chocolate spread, I even eat it myself sometimes, but the fact that it is advertised as a healthy breakfast choice just really gets to me. How can something that is 50% sugar be classed as healthy? There are much better ways to start your day!
But, a lot of people like Nutella (myself included) and I know a lot of people’s kids like it too. So, if you are going to eat it, especially for breakfast, why not make it as healthy as you possibly can?
I have been working on a healthier version of it and here it is!! Of course it is never going to taste exactly like the real thing, but it is pretty close and it is only sweetened with fruit.
I store it in the fridge (because it has milk in it) and it should last a week (if the milk you use doesn’t have an expiry date before then). Obviously if you can’t use this amount of Nutella in a week, halve the amount
- 200g/ 1.75 Cup almonds (you can use any nuts you like, but almonds are the only ones my husband can have)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 100g cocoa powder
- 100ml of skimmed milk (you may need a little more if you want it runnier)
- 8 pitted dates
- 50ml water
1) Put the dates and water in a food processor and blend to make a date paste/syrup and transfer into a cup.
2) Put the almonds in the food processor and process like you would to make almond butter for 10-15 minutes until smooth.
3) Add the vanilla, cocoa powder, milk and date paste and process for 5 minutes, until smooth.
4) A perfect topping for pancakes.
Nutritional Information – per table spoon:
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