I truly LOVE Nutella® but never buy it due to the sugar content.
Did you know that a 2 tablespoon serving of this delicious spread contains almost as much sugar as a small Snickers® bar? Nutella® has 21 grams of sugar and a small Snickers® bar contains 24 grams of sugar. Which means that eating 2 tablespoons of Nutella would be like eating a small candy bar as a snack. And there is hardly any nutritional content in the commercial stuff. Because of all these reasons, I decided to come up with my own healthy recipe using good ingredients so it would be loaded with nutrition, healthy fats and very little sugar and it came out DELICIOUS (with the additional benefit of being super easy to make!)
2 cups raw hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
3 dates (pitted)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts to a fine consistency. Add the cacao and the maple syrup, continue to blend in the food processor until they are the consistency of butter (about 10 minutes). Mix in the pitted dates and blend for another 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, coconut oil and salt and blend until it’s completely smooth.
NOTE: Mine formed into a ball. It was very, very smooth. If you don’t like this consistency, you can add a bit more coconut milk to the consistency that you prefer (one tablespoon at a time and continuing to blend). Store in a Mason Jar. I was able to fill 1 large Mason Jar.
My recipe has ONLY 5 grams of sugar for a 2 tablespoon serving, 8 grams of HEALTHY fats and 118 mg of potassium.