Nutella is a household favorite but with sugar being the main ingredient we decided to come up with a healthy alternative. This spread is super easy to make and much less sinful. It's great on top of our buckwheat pancakes, cookies, banana bread or just enjoy a sneaky spoon by itself.
- 100g roasted hazelnuts
- 1.5 TBSP unsweetened cacao powder
- 1.5 TBSP maple syrup
- 2 TBSP coconut or hazelnut milk
- In a food processor blitz your hazelnuts to a smooth paste - you can do this with or without the skin on. This will give you hazelnut butter which is great on its own as well.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until you form a smooth and creamy spread.
- Store in an airtight jar or container and keep in the fridge.
*Sometimes nut butters can split if an ingredient has too much water in it. Add a bit of the creamy top of the coconut milk/cream or coconut oil to get it back to a smooth paste.
- Rich source of minerals - contains high levels of manganese, copper, magnesium iron, potassium and zinc.
- Very rich in Vitamin E, a fat soluble compound with distinctive antioxidant properties. Vitamin E protects cells from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The body produces ROS when fat is converted to energy but vitamin E can stop their production. Vitamin E also plays a role in increasing blood vessel dilation.
- Contains a variety of flavonoids which may support brain health and improve circulation. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with allergies.
- Rich in an unsaturated fat called oleic acid. Oleic acid may lower ''bad'' LDL cholesterol and raise ''good'' HDL cholesterol.
- Good source of dietary fibre. Fibre is important for digestive health and may also help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and some cancers.