6.29.2014

On My Plate: Homemade Nutella


Nutella. Need I say more? The creamy, delicious hazelnut spread has held onto my heartstrings, and waistline, for many, many years. Once I got healthy and started eating better and cleaner, however, I realized that the sugary, processed Nutella I had grown to love wasn’t really good for me. Especially because once I started eating it, I couldn’t stop. But that being said, I never completely cut a food out of my life these days without finding a healthy swap. Thank goodness for Pinterest and its plethora of helpful recipes and health info. I was able to find about a million homemade Nutella recipes. My version is below, and I must say, you cannot tell the difference between this version and the real, brand name product. Well, that’s not true. You can tell that this healthier version isn’t nearly  as addicting as the other. That’s because the sugar in my recipe is natural and unprocessed. I use honey as a sweetener swap constantly. In fact, I think I have a 3-year-old bag of granulated sugar somewhere in the back of my pantry that I need to toss. I’ll get on that. In the meantime, save yourself some time, money, calories, and diabetes, and make this Nutella.


Food 

Homemade “Nutella”

Ingredients

1 cup raw hazelnuts (I roast mine when I get them home; see below)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
½ cup almond milk

Method

I like to roast the hazelnuts at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, before adding to the food processor. The roasting helps the natural oils come out of the nuts and it makes your house smell delicious. Some people then rub the hazelnuts in a towel to remove the outer brown skin, but I leave it on.

Blend the roasted nuts in a food processor until a paste is formed. Then add in coconut oil and process until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until beautiful, creamy “Nutella” forms. You can store in an airtight container on your counter for up to a week, or in your fridge for several more. 


Health

As an avid outdoor runner, even though I’m very good about remembering to hydrate and drink plenty of water, I often forget another important step to insuring a good, safe run - sunscreen. I never realize it until I’m halfway through a run and my shoulders are on fire. This summer I’ve wised up and started carrying my sunscreen in my running bag. It sounds simple and most people probably do this already, but it never hurts to mention it for folks like me who always seem to forget. Before you do any outdoor activities this summer, whether it’s a little cloudy or super sunny, apply that sunscreen! You’ll thank me, and yourself, later.

 



Homesteading

I was talking with a co-worker earlier today about how awesome it is to have your own garden. There’s something so gratifying about growing your own food and bringing it fresh from outside right to your own table. It’s not just about having the food; it’s about seeing the whole process from seed to plant, from the ground to your plate. It’s so simple, but there’s something totally miraculous about it. I never think about food in that way when I just hop on over to my local grocer. When I go to Farmer’s Markets I think about the food very differently and I’m grateful to the farmer who grew it. Take this homegrown lettuce, for example, from our backyard. What a treat it is to go outside, pick a big bunch of it, and come back inside to make a delicious, healthy meal. For me, the home garden reminds me of patience, as well. I think that’s another reason why I’m so enamored with growing food at home. Having to wait for your harvest is so exciting, and when it comes in, you realize what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to see where your food comes from, to HAVE food, and to be able to enjoy it with the ones you love.

-Becky

3 comments:

  1. Just before my freshman year of high school, we lived in England for a summer and that is where I first discovered Nutella. My mother didn't think much of the spread, so I of course had to eat copious amounts of it. So much so, that I haven't eaten any since! I'll have to give this homemade version a try sometime - maybe even my Mom will enjoy a bit too!

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    1. What a great story, Katie! Haha. Becky is an amazing cook and I would definitely give this recipe a shot. She has a way of making even the guiltiest of pleasures healthy and guilt-free. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I absolutely adore Nutella!

    xoxo,
    ♡Tallia
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