Homemade Healthier Nutella
If you ask my 13-year-old daughter, Nutella is the best thing on earth. So this (much!) healthier version has a lot to live up to, and it does! Homemade Nutella is super good and really fun to make together!
While store-bought Nutella is advertised as a “hazelnut spread”, sugar is the very first thing on the ingredient label. Sugar is THE primary ingredient, comprising almost 60 percent of the Nutella product sitting on the shelf. Yikes.
Use any dark chocolate chips of your choice: the higher the cacao percentage, the better.
If you’re looking to keep sugars lower; try Lily’s brand chocolate that is sweetened with stevia.
Cacao vs. Cocoa
Although they are completely interchangeable, cacao & cocoa are each processed differently.
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants and has a high amount of flavonoids. Cacao is higher in protein, fiber, magnesium, and iron than its cousin cocoa.
If all you have on hand is cocoa powder, then that’s totally fine to use.
When you have a choice at the grocery store, reach for the lesser processed raw cacao to take advantage of its awesome health benefits in all of your homemade treats!
A very personal taste preference, so you may want to use more or less honey/maple syrup, depending on YOUR family’s specific taste preferences.
Makes about 2 cups
- 2 cups raw hazelnuts
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 heaping Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 4 Tbsps raw honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Optional: Ezekiel bread or Rye, toasted, sliced bananas & strawberries