Homemade *Healthy* Nutella: This is a Game Changer!!
My recipe for homemade healthy Nutella takes only a few minutes and tastes just as decadent and creamy as the store-bought kind, but without the crazy amount of sugar. It is entirely up to you how much sugar to add- I like to use a natural sweetener like this one instead of sugar so that it is entirely sugar-free!
Nutella is a thing of beauty. It is a thick, smooth, creamy, spreadable chocolate bar. Kids love it, adults love it. It is delicious. But I question whether anything that lists sugar as the first ingredient should be given to your kids (or eaten for breakfast!). Two tablespoons of Nutella has about 21 grams or 5 teaspoons of sugar, which is the same as 5 Oreo cookies. The American Heart Association’s recommendation for a daily maximum of sugar (which is quite generous) is 6 teaspoons for women and children and 9 teaspoons for men.
But who wants to live in a world without Nutella, right? The answer is to make your own. If you have a Vitamix or a food processor, this is super easy.
Homemade Nutella: Recipe Tips and Variations
- Obviously the kind of chocolate you choose dictates how much sugar is in your Nutella. If you can handle maltitol, you can use Hershey’s sugar-free chocolate chips but those do a number on my tummy so I avoid maltitol like the plague! I prefer to use sugar-free chocolate chips sweetened with stevia like Lily’s or Enjoy Life or stevia-sweetened chocolate bars like Coco Polo. Or you can use 90% dark Lindt chocolate bars and add a little bit of stevia or other natural sweetener (my favourite sweetener is this one).
- You can change the flavour of your Nutella by using flavoured chocolate bars or by adding a splash of extract. Orange extract is delicious!
- For a delicious crowd-pleasing dessert, try my recipe for Nutella-Stuffed Peanut Butter Brownies (coming soon!). They are killer.
- You also have to try my Nutella-swirled Meringue Cookies (coming soon!).
- Instead of spreading your homemade Nutella on toast, why not try Sweet Potato Toast! It is so easy and compliments the sweet taste of Nutella or peanut butter quite nicely and is soooo much better for you than bread. Just slice a raw sweet potato into 1/4″ slices and pop them in the toaster. Toast them for the maximum amount of time your toaster will do. If they aren’t done yet, toast them a 2nd time. If you accidentally cut them too thick, you might have to toast them a 3rd time or microwave them for a few seconds to ensure they are cooked in the middle. Easy Peasy!
The Goddess Body Program
If you are losing weight on Erica’s Goddess Body Program, you can enjoy my Homemade Nutella during loading and in week 3 of maintenance, using sugar-free chocolate, sweetened with stevia, erythritol or xylitol. My favourite brand is this one.
Please Comment Below
Did you have Nutella for breakfast growing up? Did you know store-bought Nutella had so much sugar in it? What are some other packaged treats that seem harmless but are terrible for your health? What flavour variations of Nutella have you tried or are excited to try? Please comment below, I love hearing from you!
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- 1.5 cups whole hazelnuts
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips or two 100g chocolate bars, melted
- Toast the hazelnuts for 5 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
- Roll the nuts in a dish cloth to remove the loose skins.
- Grind them into a flour in your blender or food processor.
- Add the melted chocolate and continue to blend until it is smooth and creamy.