I have to admit that Nutella used to be my favourite food. I could sit and eat an entire jar with a spoon no problem. My love of this chocolatey, hazelnutty blend of awesomeness meant I had to explore a new health giving version, which I’ve been doing over the past few months. Some of you may have seen another recipe for this on my blog a while back, but that one wasn’t quite right so it’s been tweaked and revamped to make this one, which to be honest is unbelievable. Just so perfectly thick, smooth, sweet and creamy. It melts perfectly on hot toast over a layer of crunchy almond butter, tastes delicious drizzled across a bowl of sliced banana & juicy berries and works a treat eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon!
I never realised it could be so easy to turn this classic spread into something so healthy. I really think you’ll be so surprised about just how similar it tastes to the real thing but how much better it makes you feel. It’s so awesome as each bite really is packed full of delicious health-giving goodness. All of its ingredients have their own amazing properties. Hazelnuts, which are the main ingredient, are filled with numerous vitamins, minerals, protein, fibre and heart-healthy fats, all of which are vital for supporting your body and digestion. Even better, they’re particularly rich in vitamin E which is the most important vitamin for maintaining beautifully clean and shiny skin, hair and nails. Cacao, the bean which all chocolate is made from, also has numerous beneficial nutrients in this raw, unprocessed state as it is packed with iron, fibre, calcium, zinc, potassium and antioxidants, unfortunately these benefits disappear when it is processed and refined to make conventional chocolate though, which is why this Nutella trumps the supermarket version any day.
Makes 1 jar
- 1 cup of hazelnuts
- 1 cup of medjool dates
- 1/2 a cup of water
- 2 tablespoons of pure organic maple syrup (please don’t use one with nasty additives)
- 1-2 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder (depending on how rich you like it)
Optional: 1/2 a ripe banana – gives a very subtle, but very delicious flavour!
Start by soaking the hazelnuts in water overnight, or for at least six hours – this is so important and the recipe just won’t work if you don’t do this! To soak simply place the nuts in a bowl and cover them with filtered water, then leave to one side. Once you are ready to make the Nutella drain the water from the bowl and discard it. Then place the nuts in a food processor with the pitted dates, fresh water, maple syrup and raw cacao (if you want the banana touch then add the banana at this point too) and blend for about 5-10 minutes, until a very smooth paste forms. Then store it in an airtight jam jar in the fridge. Enjoy!