I had you at Nutella, didn’t I?? Glad you are here.
It’s no big secret I am the biggest sucka on the planet for sweet, creamy, rich chocolatey stuff, and after seeing this on Pinterest, I decided I needed to try to make a healthy version to see if this product can be made-over successfully. So, I promptly set out to learn more about what’s in it and how I might be able to pull off a healthier, yet tasty makeover…
Hazelnuts and chocolate.
I get it.
I so totally get how that could be a winning combo made in chocolate lover’s heaven. BUT….and yes, there is always a “but” with me when it comes to packaged and processed foods, here are the food facts about Nutella that you need to know:
Although they claim to have 50 hazelnuts per jar (which really isn’t that many for a 13 0z jar), in addition to no artificial colors or preservatives, it’s important to realize that this product also has over 50 teaspoons of sugar per jar, artificial flavors (vanillin, or vanillian, as I like to call it :)), and modified palm oil….hmmm, they got rid of the hydrogenated oils and replaced it in an effort not to scare away their consumers who were catching on to the dangers of trans fats. Here is what they say about modified palm oil on their site:
”This palm oil is adjusted to assure the best consistency for easy spreading by reducing the level of saturated fat” (Nutella USA).
Ok, but what they don’t tell you is that when they “modify” the oil to reduce the saturated fat they change the chemical structure of the oil, thus making it unstable and unhealthy for consumption. Actually, Palm Oil, in it’s natural state is good. The modified version, however, is going to go straight to your muffintop.
Here’s another statement from their site that I just had to share….
…When used in moderation with complementary foods, Nutella® can form a part of a balanced breakfast. It can be a quick and easy way to encourage kids to eat whole grains, such as whole wheat toast, English muffins, toaster waffles and bagels. With the unique taste of Nutella®, kids may think they are eating a treat for breakfast while moms are helping to nourish their children with whole grains!….
Nourish your children by feeding them Nutella on english muffins, toaster waffles, and bagels?
Bottom line. Nutella is not a healthy product. Period. And feeding your children toaster waffles with Nutella in the moring is not in any way healthy. How about just saying what it is? It’s a crazy delicious, sinfully unhealthy spread made of sugar, bad oils, hazelnuts, cocoa, non-organic milk products, emulsifiers, and artificial flavors. That said, if you love it and want to enjoy it once in a while go for it! Just don’t be led to believe it’s healthy. Consider it one of your guilty pleasures and enjoy every bite of it if that is how you roll….
Or, if you are like me, you will figure out a way to make something equally as satisfying (or almost), using healthier ingredients.
First attempt, and it’s a winner!
Heather’s Nutella Made-Over
2c hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
1/3 c organic raw cocoa powder
2/3c organic powdered sugar (or 4 packets of stevia plus 2 tbsp agave) amount of sweetener varies to taste
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tsp coconut oil
1/2c almond milk
1. everything goes into the food processor saving out a little milk
2. Blend until smooth, add rest of milk and blend some more.
3. Taste test for sweetness and texture, adding either sweetener or milk if needed.
4. Hide from your kids and husband
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