So, as it turns out, Nutella isn’t good for you. Considering that sugar and palm oil are the first ingredients and it’s artificially flavored, I wasn’t exactly shocked. Like the article says, a settlement will “be paid to consumers if they are willing to admit they can’t read a nutrition label.” Whether you can analyze a nutrition label or not though, companies shouldn’t imply that unhealthy products are good for you.
Most store bought snack foods aren’t good for you, which is why I love giving them makeovers and making homemade versions that are almost healthy (in other words, whole ingredients with no preservatives, artificial flavors or trans fats and reduced sugar when possible). I found this “Better than Nutella” recipe over at Chocolate Covered Katie (a must-visit blog for anyone looking for healthy desserts) and tweaked it a bit.
It can easily be made vegan and has fewer calories and less sugar than store-bought Nutella. There isn’t any added oil and it’s sweetened with agave nectar instead of refined sugar. The trade-off is that this homemade spread is a little thicker and less smooth than traditional Nutella, but I think it’s worth the benefits. Plus, it couldn’t get any easier! Check out the 3 photos below to see how simple this recipe is…
How to make Almost Healthy Nutella:
Almost Healthy Nutella
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
Makes around 2 cups
- 2 cups raw hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp agave
- 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk (I used regular, but you can substitute your choice of non-dairy milk, such as almond or soy)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spread hazelnuts into a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes, until nuts become fragrant, lightly browned and skins are blistered. Place roasted hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel and rub them to remove the skins (don’t worry if there are some stubborn skins that won’t come off).
Place hazelnuts in a food processor and blend until the texture resembles nut butter. Add remaining ingredients and blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add additional sweetener to taste.