How to make your own healthier Nutella: with hazelnuts and chocolate
If we asked you for a well-known and popular hazelnut and chocolate cream which becomes a useful option for spreading bread, breakfast and children's snack (and also for those not so young), it is quite likely that the Nutella Be the first one that comes to mind. This differs from the Nocilla (its main competence), in which the first is made with chocolate and hazelnuts, while the second one does not.
However, as most nutritionists warn, It is not a product that should be given regularly to children, as many moms and dads do at breakfast or at lunch each day. In short, neither for children nor for adults.
Why? Fundamentally because almost half of the product is sugar. In fact, we just have to take a look at their nutritional labeling to realize that a container of just 400 grams of Nutella contains about 227 grams of sugar. Or, which is the same, about 45 teaspoons of sugar.
But Nutella does not only have sugar, but also fat. In its elaboration it is added lard or palm oil, that although it is not a trans fat is a saturated fat, favoring the accumulation of cholesterol and triglycerides in our arteries and therefore promoting the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases (it becomes in fact the biggest enemy for childhood obesity) . And a clear example is found in its content: the fat is the third part of the containerThere is nothing.
On the other hand, actually the proportion of cocoa, hazelnuts and milk is tremendously much lower if we compare it with the great amount of sugars and saturated fats that we find in its composition.
Therefore, the conclusion is obvious: stop eating this type of cocoa creams and opt for other healthier options, such as the one we propose below. Do you dare to elaborate your own hazelnut and chocolate cream, using only 100 percent natural ingredients?
How to make hazelnut and chocolate cream
The recipe that we propose to you on this occasion becomes a much healthier alternative to the traditional Nutella, given that we change palm oil for coconut oil (with a high content of unsaturated fats), cow's milk for oat milk (or any other vegetable drink), and we substitute the refined or white sugar for brown cane sugar.
It is an ideal option for breakfast or snack, and is much more suitable for children. You can even cheer them up and make your own cocoa and hazelnut cream with you at home.
While its preparation is very simple, depending on the grinding time of the toasted hazelnuts you will get a better result. In this way, if for example the grinding time is right you will get a cream with a much softer texture, and you will not find small pieces.
- 100 gr. of toasted hazelnuts
- 40 gr. of cocoa powder or 50 gr. of chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa
- 45 gr. of brown sugar
- 50 gr. of coconut oil (you can substitute for unrefined sunflower oil)
- 100 ml. of oat vegetable drink
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the roasted hazelnuts in the container of your food processor or in the blender jar, and crush or grind them well until the pieces have turned to powder.
Meanwhile, if the coconut oil is solid, we should heat it a little, so that it becomes liquid.
Add the melted coconut oil and incorporate the brown sugar, cocoa powder, oat milk and vanilla extract.
Beat it all over again until all the ingredients have been integrated, and you get a uniform cream with the desired texture.
Put the cream in a glass jar and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until the texture is consistent. Ready!. Enjoy.