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. It includes the recipe for our homemade healthier Nutella too.
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.
The thought of this Healthy Nutella Smoothie will have you, and any kids in the house, jumping out of bed in the morning. Who is going to say no to chocolate for breakfast?
Is Nutella Healthy?
Let’s talk about Nutella – I am sure we have all found ourselves spoon deep in a jar at 1am. Who knows what they put in it (best not to look really), but that stuff is addictive, but full of sugar. Of course everything is fine in moderation, but I don’t like starting the day with that much sugar.
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.
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 can be vegan too. If you wanted to trick your kids, rather than buy a new jar, you could put the homemade stuff into an old empty jar of Nutella and I don’t think they would every know.
We sweeten ours with some dates and a little bit of maple syrup. So it is still nice and sweet, but isn’t going to send you in to a sugar coma. If you like yours one the super sweet side, then you could always add more. Or just leave it out completely.
Hazelnuts are 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 and it’s what forms the base of our homemade nutella.
We added a little bit of extra cocoa powder to this to make it extra chocolatey. Did you know that cocoa isn’t 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!
Nutella Smoothie Without Banana
There is the dates and maple syrup in the homemade Nutella, but we also added a banana to the Nutella smoothie because not only will that appeal to those with a sweet tooth, but it makes it nice and thick too.
I don’t think it tastes overly bananary, but I know some people really hate the taste so you might want to leave it out. You should replace the thickness though, so add some avocado instead. You could use something like mango, but it does have a strong flavour.
Ingredients needed for a Healthy Nutella Smoothie (serves 2):
- 750ml/3 Cups skimmed milk
- 1 large banana
- 2 tbsp homemade healthier Nutella
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
How To Make this Healthy Nutella Smoothie- Step by Step:
One: Put all of the ingredients in to a blender.
Two: Blend until smooth
Three: Pour in to glasses and serve.
Other Smoothie Recipes To Try:
SOME EXTRA TIPS FOR THIS DISH:
- If you want to keep this totally vegan, then make the Nutella with a non-dairy milk and use non-dairy milk when making this smoothie too.
- Make the smoothie a little more indulgent and more like a milkshake by topping with a squirt of whipped cream.
- If you are making this in the height of summer, throw some ice cubes in before blending to make it super cold.
- Hate banana? Swap it for avocado so you still have a thick smoothie, but none of the banana taste.
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Healthy Nutella Smoothie
- 750 ml Skimmed milk
- 1 Large banana
- 2 tbsp Homemade Nutella
- 2 tbsp Cocoa powder
- Put all the ingredients in to a high powered blender and blend until smooth
- Divide between two glasses and top with whipped cream (optional)
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.