Easy Homemade Nutella and Nutella Cream

It really irritates my that Nutella is marketed as a healthy breakfast food. It’s not! One serving, 2 tbs, has 21 g of sugar! That’s more sugar than you’ll find in two servings of frosted flakes.

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I later discovered an alternative to Nutella- Justin’s Chocolate Almond butter and hazelnut butter. With only 7 g of sugar, it’s a healthier option to reach for when craving a chocolatey nut butter. Unfortunately, as delicious as Justin’s butters are, they’re just too expensive for me. $9.99 per jar is steep when you’re tempted to eat the whole thing at once.

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It recently dawned on me that I could make my own healthier version of Nutella using the almond butter I buy at Costco! For $10, you get 26 oz of nut butter instead of just 16 oz. I like that this recipe is easy to make, but it’s just labor intensive enough to discourage you from going back for more.

Here’s how to make your own single serving of homemade Nutella with only 1-2 g of sugar:

Ingredients:
1-2 tbs (or 1 heaping spoonful) creamy almond butter
4 drops of liquid stevia (or just a tiny bit of your favorite sweetener)
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa

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Combine the three ingredients in a small bowl and blend thoroughly with a spoon.

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For a creamy, frosting-like variation, add 1-2 tbs of True Whip or your favorite whipped topping. You could use homemade whipped cream for this. I chose True Whip (found at Whole Foods) because it’s made from slightly better ingredients than regular Cool Whip and has only 25 calories and 2 g sugar per serving.

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Wow, with the addition of whipped topping takes this treat to another level. Tastes like cool and creamy s’mores!

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Keep in mind that this is still a dessert, not a health food! You could probably have it with breakfast knowing it’s a better choice than regular Nutella, but always enjoy nut butters in moderation unless you’re looking to bulk up.

Spiced Almonds

Try these curry spiced almonds for a flavorful and satisfying snack.

I used Calcutta Heat Curry Seasoning, but you can try your own flavor combination. Next time I’ll try smoked paprika, Frank’s Red Hot, or cinnamon.

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1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Toss 2 cups of almonds with 1 egg white or 2 tbs olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add seasoning (about 2 tbs or to taste) and stir to coat.

3. Spread almonds in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 mins, stir around, and bake for up to 10 mins more.

These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Measure out 1/4 cup (or 28 grams) for a snack. Enjoy!

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