Nutella is such a beloved indulgence for so so many. The thing about nutella (besides the fact that the commercial lies to you) is that the taste of hazelnuts + cocoa has so much potential to actually be a healthy indulgence. It is the loads of refined sugar, palm oil, lecithin, and artificial vanilla which makes it a horrible option to spread on toast for breakfast (like suggested in the commercial).
On the other hand…you can make your own nutella, which is better AND good for you! 4-ingredients vs. 9-ingredients
1.5-2 cups of roasted hazelnuts
1/2 can of light coconut milk (or full fat)
4-5 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
Agave to taste (I used about 2 Tbs)
pinch of sea salt (optional)
Roast hazelnuts at 350 for about 10-20 minutes. Let cool slightly and remove the skins as much as possible. (I got lazy and threw some in with the skin on). Put them in the Vitamix or food processor with the rest of the ingredients. Add water or more coconut milk to thin if needed. Vanilla extract is a great addition + some cinnamon. Blend until creamy and enjoy!
Use to drizzle on fruit (I enjoyed some over a bowl of sliced strawberries, kiwi, and pears) or spread on sprouted whole grain toast, a banana, oatmeal, or even a sweet potato!
p.s. I will be in Charleston, South Carolina this summer with Campus Crusade for Christ doing Summer Project-10 weeks of fellowship, community, and evangelism. While I am there I will be working at Earth Fare in the prepared foods department! I am hoping to find some time to update the blog with some new posts, maybe about what I am doing & learning. I am extremely excited for Charleston and can’t wait to see the great things The Lord has planned!