Healthy “Nutella” no added sugar & oil
I had my first Nutella when I was 11 when I spent my summer away from my parents in a summer camp in Switzerland. There was a quiet kid from Sri Lanka, who was always carrying a jar of Nutella as if it were her treasure. One day she kindly offered me a teaspoonful of it. I was in heaven!!! She never gave me more so that was the end of our friendship, lol. My mother only fed me fruits as desserts or snacks, so this was an eye opening culinary experience of a life time!
Thankfully I never consumed Nutella after that. Even when I went to study in the UK, I never bothered to buy a jar of it, after all I wasn’t so into this chocolate spread. I’d rather eat chocolate bars!!!
My man however: he is from Germany and many kids grow up with Nutella. His breakfast consisted of bread or croissants with lots of Nutella. So when we moved to Thailand some years ago, he obviously brought many jars of Nutella from Germany. He always asked his friends to bring him more so our fridge had at least 20 jars of emergency stock in case they ran out. According to him, Nutrlla sold in Thailand comes from Australia and it is not as tasty as the one from Germany! I never tasted the difference.
Last year when we started eating more “clean”, I asked myself this question: can’t I just make Nutella by myself? Wouldn’t it be tastier? Then I forgot about it until my friend sent me these memes.
Oh that’s gross. They also use this substance called Vanillin. It sounds like vanilla but it is not. It is an artificial flavor, which contains unlabelled MSG. POISON!!!!
Anyways, I googled and I was amazed that there are so many recipes!!! Let’s try it, shall we? But I was determined to make a healthier version without any refined sugar!
Nutella’s serving is 15g but come on, this is nothing! Who would only eat this little? Anyways my first version turned up great, I just used toasted hazelnuts, cocoa powder, oligolite syrup and salt. A bit of coconut oil too I think. I gave it to him and he was like, “oh, not bad!” Really??? Give me some more recognition for my effort!
The good thing is, he kept on eating it though. At one point he tried the original Nutella. He felt sick. He could really taste that it was all oily, sweet, and didn’t taste much nuts at all. OMG. I helped him concur his life time addiction, yay!
Next version was the one with chocolate flavored whey protein powder. Now that we are intolerant to dairy, I could use whey isolate with no casein/lactose OR just use the plant based protein powder….. protein powder would make it sticker so you just have to adjust the consistency by adding water or whatever you like. I added some rum once and it tasted amazing! and you can keep it longer in a fridge.
These are old pics though. Now that I made many batches of nut butter, I realized that I never blended the nuts long enough so that the oil really separates from the nuts! To be honest, you really don’t need to add any oil to it at all. The blended nuts WILL BE oily enough.
Oh he got tested intolerant to hazelnuts now so I can only make him macadamia and sunflower seed butter! He doesn’t want chocolate spread for the time being because having simple nut butter is more versatile.
My posts on nut butter are coming soon!