Are you looking for a sugar free Nutella chocolate spread? I bet you can’t guess why I don’t use hazelnuts?
Scroll below: I’ve just updated the recipe with a quick cooking video for you.
Sugar Free Nutella
I was thrown down a challenge on Facebook to create a sugar free Nutella (see recipe at the end of this post). Well all the healthy versions I saw were way too complicated and long winded for me. This has 5 ingredients and 1 step!
That’s right, no roasting hazelnuts (in fact there are no hazelnuts- read below why) no peeling off roasted hazelnut skins, no honey or coconut sugar (a quick lesson folks – they’re still sugar) and no palm oil.See why Nutella is nothing more than melted candy in a jar. You'll be horrified.Click To Tweet
Once you learn what’s in Nutella, you will soon learn it is pretty much closer to a dairy milk chocolate bar than a nut spread. And trying to find nutrition data is difficult to say the least. All the nutrition panels only show per serving size, not per 100g.
And just to muddy the waters further, what is a serving? In the US it is 2 tbs (37g), and in Australia is is stated as 15g which is less than 1 tbs. Let’s talk a look at the per 100g values. Nutella is pretty much on par with Cadbury’s hazelnut bar. In fact, Nutella has got less protein and more sugar.
Here’s a wonderful quick video to watch if you ever wanted to know what is in Nutella. In 2 tablespoons of Nutella there are 5.5 hazelnuts, palm oil, cocoa powder, milk powder and a whopping 21 grams of sugar, which almost equates to the 2 tablespoons of Nutella in the first place – to put it bluntly, Nutella is pretty much a spreadable sugar.
Now I’m not telling you not to eat Nutella, it is absolutely your choice, but make no mistake “It is spreadable candy and does not make for a nutritious breakfast.” Would you sprinkle 5 sachets of sugar on your children’s morning toast? Hmm, hopefully not.
Source: Prof Yoni Freedhoff.
And ever wondered why Nutella removed their health claims? It’s because this amazing mother took on Nutella and won. She was so shocked that she had been misled. “Nutella is basically a candy bar melted into a jar”. I love reading one of the settlement conditions was to remove the phrase “An example of a tasty yet balanced breakfast” and replacing it with “Turn a balanced breakfast into a tasty one”.
So by adding Nutella you are actually turning your balanced breakfast into a not so balanced breakfast? Wow, maybe that should be front of packaging?
Anyhow, on with the recipe. As this is completely my version of a sugar free Nutella, my chocolate nut spread contains walnuts, not hazelnuts. Why? Because they are easier to find and don’t require any roasting or peeling skins, and that will make it more realistic to be made quickly and easily by busy families. By all means use hazelnuts, it will just take a few extra steps and time.
NOTE: The consistency of the sugar free chocolate spread will vary with each season. The coconut oil becomes more liquid in summer and more solid in winter.
Sugar Free Nutella
Sugar free nutella is quick and easy to make. Best of all, it contains plenty of healthy walnuts and they don't need to be roasted and peeled.
Place all the ingredients in the mini food processor that attaches to your stick blender.
Blitz until smooth. This will probably take a minute or two. The coconut oil doesn't even need melting as it softens with the warmth of the blades rotating.
Store in the fridge if you would like it to be a firm spread in the summer, or store in an airtight container in the winter.
Granulated sweetener - I have added quite a wide range that may be required. Please taste the chocolate spread as you go. The amount you will need depends on your sweet tooth and which brand of cocoa powder you use. Even though cocoa brands may have similar carb values, their strength of cocoa flavour will differ quite dramatically so require more or less sweetener of choice.
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