I’m excited to introduce you to Qualified health coach and all round amazing whole food mum; Brenda Janschek. This incredible Mum has just launched an ebook; “Think outside the Cereal Box”, full of healthy Breakfast ideas. Here we have her delicious ‘Notella’ recipe; a chocolate spread that is actually good for you. Enjoy.
We all know and love the scrumptious spread Nutella. But when you consider there are 5 teaspoons of sugar in each two-tablespoon serve, you wonder if there’s a better way.
Well, there are a few healthy versions of the Nutella recipe floating around, and I’ve played around with them and tweaked the living daylights out of these recipes to finally create my family’s favourite version.
We all think it’s much tastier than the commercial Nutella, and it’s much healthier too, using healthy oils, sugars and no artificial flavours. What’s more, as you’ll see, sugar is not the main ingredient in this recipe.
1 cup hazelnuts
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or brown rice syrup or raw honey
1 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil or macadamia oil
Coconut cream (optional: gives a silkier, creamier texture)
Place nuts in a food processor and blend until smooth. This can take a few minutes.
Add cacao powder, maple syrup, brown rice syrup or raw honey (or a combination), vanilla, cinnamon and oil.
Whizz up all ingredients. If you like it thick (my kids do) then you are done. If you like it a bit smoother add a little coconut cream, bit by bit, and whizz until desired consistency.
Whiz hazelnuts on Speed 9 for 1 minute
Add cacao, sweetner of your choice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, oil of your choice and mix Speed 6 for 30 seconds.
Push down the sides, add coconut cream if using and mix Speed 6 for 20 seconds.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge.
We love our Notella:
• spread on sourdough toast for breakfast or a snack
• spread over apples or bananas
• mixed with natural yoghurt
• spread on spelt and buckwheat pancakes
• mixed with warm milk for a hot chocolate
• eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon
With regard to the hazelnuts in Notella, I always recommend activating them the night before by soaking in a water and acid medium (like Apple Cider Vinegar or sea salt) and rinsing well in the morning. This makes the nuts much more digestible.
If you like this type of easy wholesome recipe, you may be interested in my ‘Think Outside the Cereal Box’ breakfast workshop on Saturday the 16th August.
About Brenda Janschek
Brenda brings her passion for living a healthier lifestyle to her audience through her popular blog, one-on-one health coaching, nutrition workshops for parents and kids plus her delicious recipe ideas. The mother of two is an advocate for following a nourishing lifestyle and inspires mums to #thinkoutsidethecerealbox