Yup...you read that right...EVER!.
My kids have been asking for Nutella and I refuse to buy it. It is loaded down with so much sugar, and their little bodies do not need it.
So today...I made MY version. And it is easy as heck as well. If you have a food processor, then you can make it!
Ok because I'm a geek, I'm gonna show you some information on this Nutella Crack that the stores sell...
Ok peeps...21 grams of sugar in 2 tbsp...and who the heck measures this stuff out anyway! Don't we just slather the crap on our bread or crackers, or cookies for that matter and be gone chowing down on what the TV tells us is good...especially for the kids heading out to school in the morning??
No don't get me wrong, during the holidays I like to sink my teeth into a Ferrero Roche Chocolate, but I'm 40 and can manage to have just one.
Ok, I am not the type on Nutrition Consultant that dictates what people can and cannot eat. Hmmm, ok maybe sometimes, but that is due to other reasons, as I try to help clients choose what's best, fully understanding WE ALL NEED A TREAT!
But why have a treat like this, when you can have a much better one, that is still full of chocolatly goodness and 1g of sugar??
Actually it is a shame really as Nutella does so much for School lunch programs AND I must say, the commercials have brought awareness to how many kids actually do go to school hungry. But let's be real. Why can't we promote a boiled egg with toast? Hold the nutella on the toast please :)
As parents we must understand that giving our kids a breakfast full of sugar, will only cause a blood glucose spike and then a crash mid morning. We don't want out kids nasty and yawning all morning now do we?
Now I am a true advocate for fat fueling in the morning. It is good for our brains and keeps our energy level steady, steady blood glucose and no sugar crashes. So the fat content in Nutella is ok, if it were from a source of clean ingredients.
If you want 5 Reason to NOT have Nutella in your house....fellow nutritionist Megan Telpner has an amazing blog post about this HERE.
Ok ok...enough with the boring stuff...but I just had to explain :)
So let's get to My version of a healthy chocolaty spread.
This would be delicious on a piece of Amazing Bread from Maria Emmerich....recipe found here, on some delicious waffles from our friends at Ditch the Carbs....recipe here
So first, I placed the almonds in a pot and boiled them for 60 seconds. Then strained them, ran come cold water over them and started peeling. Actually, the skins pop right off! Just make sure you are holding on or the almond may shoot across the kitchen!
Then I placed the peeled almonds in a dry fry pan over med-low heat. I kept stirring them to make sure they don't burn. Once they were all dry, I left them over night.
This morning, I placed the almonds, cocoa, vanilla powder and Stevia in the food processor and let it whirl.
Once it is ground to a finer meal, I then added the melted coconut butter and Avocado oil.
I let it process then for about 13 min! I wanted to make sure it was as smooth as I could possibly get it!
Voila! This is so yummy!
Chocolate Almond "Nutella" - Healthified
2 cups almonds
3 Tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Vanilla Powder or 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
3-4 Tbsp of Avocado Oil. I get a huge bottle at Costco, and no it doesn't take like avocado :)
Blanche the almonds and remove peels. Then place on dry pan to get the excess water out.
Then place dry almonds in food processor. Add in Stevia and Cocoa powder. If you are using the vanilla powder add now. if not add the liquid vanilla with the oil.
Next melt the Coconut Butter, and pour in with the nuts, once they are ground to a fine meal. Add 2 tbsp of avocado oil and the vanilla. Start processing, It will start to come together I promise :)
If it is too thick , add another tbsp of oil, up to a total of 4 tbsp. This will make sure it is creamy.
Once all done to your liking, place in a glass jar and refrigerate.
Makes 1 Cup.
1 Serving is 1 TBSP (16 servings)
Per serving: Calories: 150, Fat: 13.8 g, Sat.Fat: 2.3 g, Trans fat:0, Cholesterol:0, Sodium: 0.8 mg, Potassium: 143.5 mg, Carb: 5 g, Fiber: 2.7 g, Net Carb: 2.3 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 4.1 g
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and my kids! I promise, your kids will love it!!
Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellbeing Counselor