Everyone is obsessed with Nutella – and whether you like it or not, you’ve seriously got to try this homemade Nutella spread! It is basically like making a chocolate hazelnut spread, except it tastes better than the real thing.
Plus, Nutella is pricey, so if you can muster up the courage to try and make your own with this fool-proof recipe, then you’re one step ahead of the game (health and money wise).
You shouldn’t be eating conventional Nutella, anyway. It is full of things that we shouldn’t be putting in our body, and to tell you the truth, it is extremely toxic.
Although the Nutella label states, “No Artificial Colours and No Artificial Preservatives”, it is still far from healthy. The ingredients on a Nutella label are as follows: Palm oil, hazelnuts, sugar, reduced minerals whey (milk), skim milk, vanillin, soy lecithin as an emulsifier.
A lot of these ingredients are GMO and simply not good for you. A lot of the sugar found in processed products like Nutella are from GMO sugar beets, which are filled with pesticides and have been related to ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, ADD and migraines.
It also contain vanillin, which causes addiction by stimulating the brain to release endorphins similarly to if you were to take a hit of heroin – it keeps you addicted (vanilla is NOT the same thing as vanillin). Vanillin also sometimes contains the ingredient MSG, which is responsible for neurological disorders, endocrine disorders, infections, obesity and seizures.
A couple other ingredients that signal warning signs are skim milk, palm oil, and soy lecithin. Skim milk is mass produced from cows who eat heaps of GMO corn. Dairy also contains hormones from the cow both via supplementation they feed the cows, and naturally occurring hormones in their secretions (you know, the hormones required to build a baby cow in just a few months – those ones).
Palm oil is one of the worst ingredients in my opinion. Mainly because it destroys the jungle and orangutan habitats — it also isn’t very good for you. Coconut oil for the win!
Soy lecithin is another ingredient you should not be putting in your body! Soy is highly genetically modified, and is bad for the environment and your body. It causes immunological alterations, triggers allergies, promotes premature puberty, uncontrolled weight gain and breast cancer.
Okay, so how do you make your own delicious, healthy Nutella (with biologically active enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that will actually feed your body instead of just destroy it)?
Here are the ingredients you need:
– 2 cups raw hazelnuts
– 2/3 cup cacao or cocoa powder (or carob if you don’t want the stimulation that comes with chocolate)
– 8 pitted medjool dates
– 3/4 cup water or for creamier texture, almond or coconut milk
– pinch of sea salt
– 2 tbsp. coconut oil
– 1 tsp. fresh vanilla bean powder
1. Add hazelnuts to your food processor or high-speed blender, and blend until you get a sticky dough, almost as if you were making a nut butter.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until you get a thick, creamy, smooth chocolate hazelnut spread!