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Raw Hazelnut Spread

Healthy Nutella Raw Hazelnut and Cacao Spread. From The Health Bits

Today’s recipe is a healthy version of one of my favorite Italian delicacies—Nutella. You see, growing up, my mom, (like many others) would know “Nutella is great as part of a balanced breakfast”, and send me off with Nutella sandwiches for lunch. She knew that her picky daughter wouldn’t throw away a Nutella sandwich, and in her effort to feed me good nutrients (or so she thought) she would keep Nutella in our pantry at any given moment.

I still love Nutella to this day, just as I loved it then. But now we all know what bad rap Nutella has developed as a result of its false advertising. I do think the makers of Nutella started with good intentions, as hazelnuts and cacao are some of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet. Sometimes, however, what sounds good in theory does not always hold true in practice.

So, what are you to do if you know Nutella is not good for you, but you still love it? Well, here’s the good news, as you’ll often hear me say—make it yourself, make it from scratch, use whole foods and real ingredients.

I’ve tweaked the recipe several times and this version is as close as it gets to the flavor of original Nutella, with the difference that this is a real nutritious hazelnut spread, and truly part of a balanced breakfast! This is not a false advertisement, I promise :)

To show you how nutritious this hazelnut spread is, here are some of its health benefits (below). You can also learn more about the health benefits of raw cacao for a complete look at all the benefits of this delicious, raw hazelnut and cacao spread.

Health Benefits of Hazelnuts

  • Hazelnuts are heart-healthy. Consuming 1.5 ounces of hazelnuts a day may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the USDA.
  • #1 among tree nuts in folate content, translating into a decreased risk of neural tube birth defects and may also reduce depression.
  • High in manganese and copper. Manganese is necessary for bone formation and cooper is needed for iron absorption.
  • Rich sources of vitamin E. Each ounce of hazelnuts contains 21% of your daily requirement of vitamin E, which reduces signs of aging, strengthens your immunity and improves your mental awareness.
  • Hazelnut provides dietary fiber. An ounce of raw hazelnuts has 2.7 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and may prevent constipation because of its natural laxative effect.

Raw Hazelnut Spread aka Healthy Nutella
Makes about 1 cup

1 cup raw hazelnuts, soaked
¼ cup raw cacao powder
¼ cup raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
⅛ teaspoon Himalayan crystal salt
3-4 tablespoons non-dairy milk

Soak the hazelnuts 8 hours or overnight. Drain and process in a high-speed blender or food processor until the hazelnuts become a fine powder. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until you have a thick, creamy consistency. Keep in a mason jar or airtight container, preferably in the fridge.

Enjoy on a slice of sprouted bread along with a glass of your favorite non-dairy milk. Yum!

Nutritional Information
Serving size 2 tbsp (32g)

Calories: 154
Total Fat: 11g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Total Carbohydrates: 13g
Dietary Fiber: 2.3g
Protein: 13g
Calcium: 2.8g
Iron: 3.2g


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