Save oodles of time and money by making your own healthy Nutella at home instead of finding a healthy Nutella alternative the next time a recipe requires the ingredient. Sometimes a scoop (or two!) of the lusciously thick, creamy and chocolatey spread is all that will do. But at a whopping 80-100 calories per tablespoon, adding Nutella to a recipe can be out of the question for foodies counting their calories.
Nutella is one of my favourite ingredients – I use it anywhere and everywhere, from adding a dollop in the centre of mug cakes and mixing it into pancake batter for whole wheat Nutella pancakes, to simply spreading it thickly on toast and mixing it with yoghurt for Nutella breakfast parfaits. Nutella is pretty pricey where I live, so I wanted to come up with a much cheaper alternative which wouldn’t make me feel bad for adding a scoop of the chocolate deliciousness into every dish I could find.
Then the idea of making a homemade healthy Nutella recipe hit me. Since it packs so much fat, sugar and calories, I usually limit myself to one serving of Nutella each week, maximum. But if I made a healthy homemade version, not only would I save money which I could spend on important things (like summer sandals!) but I could also allow myself more chocolate hazelnutty treats without feeling bad. Score!
I need to level with you – this homemade healthy Nutella recipe isn’t an exact replica for the genuine stuff. The flavour is a little more hazelnutty and the texture is more grainy. The only true way to mimic the smooth and velvety texture of Nutella is to use melted chocolate and bottles upon bottles of oil. Since I was trying to keep things healthy, I swapped melted chocolate for cocoa powder and only used minimum oil. But because olive oil is a healthy fat, you can add an extra 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil into the food processor and process for extra smoothness without doing too much damage.
Homemade Healthy Nutella
- 200 g / 7oz whole roasted hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the hazelnuts into the bowl of a food processor and process on high speed for about 2 minutes until the nuts are completely broken down.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and process for a further two minutes until as smooth as possible. You'll probably need to wipe the inside of the bowl down with a spatula to make sure all the ingredients are well combined.