Nutella is one of those things that most people can’t trust themselves to have in the house, as they will eat it all in one sitting. Whilst I still don’t recommend eating all of this in one sitting, we have come up with a Homemade Healthier Nutella, which is just as delicious.
Nutella is seen as a breakfast choice in many countries across the world, but it isn’t the healthiest breakfast choice and might leave you with a sugar crash a couple of hours later. We have lightened it up a bit, used less sugar (but it’s still plenty sweet), which means you can still enjoy Nutella for breakfast (or any time of the day), but make sure it’s a bit healthier too.
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I don’t think I have met a person that doesn’t like Nutella (although, I am sure there are some out there). I mean, what’s not to like? It’s basically a sweet chocolatey nut butter and there is nothing wrong with that! Dave discovered about a year ago that he is no longer allergic to hazlenuts and ever since has been in and out of a Nutella binge. So, I am making this for him instead, as if he is going to eat a ton of it then it at least can be healthier.
Of course it is never going to taste exactly like Nutella, but it’s pretty close and the best thing about it is that kids love it too! With kids going back to school soon, this is the perfect thing to try out for a quick and easy breakfast that you know will keep them going (in some porridge, or on waffles/pancakes) or a tasty after school snack.
I am working with a2 Milk for the rest of the year showcasing how versatile their milk is, and how you can use it in all your favourite recipes and this month’s focus is back to school, so I just knew that I had to make this.
a2 Milk has made a difference to our lives, as it’s the only dairy milk that we use in our kitchen now. For a few years now, Dave has had an issue with milk based meals and it’s only when we tried a2 Milk that we realised what the issue was – it wasn’t dairy, it was the a1 protein in milk. a2 Milk is still 100% fresh cows milk (but they do long life milk too), and tastes the same as regular cows milk, but it doesn’t have the A1 protein in it, which is what people usually find difficult to digest. It contains only the easily digestible a2 protein and is 100% free from the inflammatory a1 protein – that’s guaranteed.
A lot of people that think that they might be lactose intolerant, find that it is in fact the A1 protein that was causing them issues. Switch over to a2Milk and see if you notice the difference. Neither of us ever really liked the taste of lactose free milk (or cat milk as one of my friends calls it), so this is definitely a welcomed change. If you have difficulties digesting milk, give this a try to see if it helps you too. As I say, it’s really easy to use, and you can just make a simple swap for it in all your usual recipes, and it works perfectly in this healthier Nutella.
When it comes to storing this (if you manage to stop yourself eating it all in one sitting), 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.
However, don’t worry about coming up with ways to use all of this, as I have you covered throughout the rest of the year. I have so many healthier recipes planned that use Nutella and you are NOT going to want to miss it. Unless you don’t like Nutella, then you might want to skip those recipes.
Homemade Healthier Nutella Ingredients – Serves 25:
– 200g/ 1.5 Cup hazelnuts (you could use any nuts you have)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 80g cocoa powder
– 130ml/0.5 cup of a2 Milk
– 8 pitted dates
– 50ml/2 fl oz water
– 2 tbsp Maple syrup
1) Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and process on the highest speed for 10-15 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl at regular intervals, until you have a smooth nut butter.
2) Meanwhile, place the dates in a bowl with the boiling water and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
3) Add the dates and water, along with the remaining ingredients to the food processor with the hazelnut butter. Process the mixture on high until it is smooth. Transfer to a jar and store for up to 1 week in the fridge.
Nutritional Information – Per person:
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**This Homemade Healthier Nutella recipe was commissioned by a2 Milk, however, all opinions are my own**