Before becoming lactose intolerant, I loved Nutella. Perhaps a little too much. A finger dip here, a spoonful there; to my uneducated tastebuds it was truly happy in a jar. But let’s be honest here: Nutella is not the well-rounded health food the commercials make it out to be. Besides containing milk, soy, and an artificial flavor called vanillin, the first ingredient isn’t even hazelnuts: it’s sugar. The second? Non-sustainable palm oil, the harvesting of which is responsible for orangutang endangerment and deforestation – a contributing factor of global warming. It’s also very high in saturated fat, which can cause heart disease, increase cholesterol levels, and raise blood pressure. Find out more about palm oil here. Turns out Nutella isn’t so great after all.
But you know what is great? A healthy, tasty, natural alternative. This Chocolate Nut Butter Spread can be put together easily with three ingredients you already have on hand: nut butter, cocoa/cacao powder, and honey. Use hazelnut butter (make your own with this easy recipe) if it’s the Nutella taste you’re after. Almond butter is reminiscent of Ferroro Rondoir chocolates. And who can resist the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate? For a decadent dessert, try it atop So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean “ice cream” and sliced bananas sprinkled with cinnamon (pictured below).
This recipe is:
• Refined sugar-free
Simple Chocolate Nut Butter Spread
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened creamy nut butter of your choice
• 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao or best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon honey
1. In a small bowl, combine nut butter and cacao powder. Add honey and stir until well mixed. Taste and enjoy.