Healthy Nutella

Healthy Nutella

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Healthy Nutella. Sounds like an oxymoron. Nope, it’s real…and here it is. It’s delicious, it’s nutritious and it’s easy. Keep a jar in your fridge and spread it on whole grain toast, raw crackers, or just eat it right off the spoon when you get a craving for chocolate.

In all honesty, it’s probably been 20 years since I’ve tasted real nutella in the jar. When I tasted this, I loved it. My husband and daughter liked it, but they didn’t think it tasted like the real thing. See what you think — I think it’s a great substitute and a spoon of it really did satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner.

Hazelnuts are extremely rich in antioxidants. Studies have shown than those who eat hazelnuts have a much greater chance at avoiding cardiac arrest than those who don’t include them in their diets. They are also rich in magnesium and calcium and they are good for your skin and your digestive system.

First, soak the hazelnuts in water. The best way to do this is to cover them with water and let them sit overnight. I was short on time, so I covered them with boiling water for an hour. This worked also, but I think next time I will do it the real way…
hazelnuts soaking

Drain the nuts and put them in a food processor with 1/2 cup of water…
hazelnuts processor

Add pitted dates…
hazelnuts dates processor

Pure maple syrup…
syrup into processor

And raw cacao…
nutella ingredients processor

Turn the processor on. This is what it will look like after 5 minutes…
nutella processor 5 mins

After another 5, it will be done…
nutella end processor

Put it in a jar and store it in the fridge…
nutella jar

Or, make it all pretty and put it out for all to enjoy…
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Healthy Nutella
recipe adapted from:

1 cup raw or blanched hazelnuts, soaked overnight and then drained
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup water
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
2 Tbs organic raw cacao powder

Put all ingredients in a food processor. Process about 10 minutes or until very smooth and creamy. Store in a jar in the fridge.





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