Nutella is a sweet known by all, but what many do not know are its nutritional properties and the ingredients that this chocolate "bomb" contains. According to its nutritional label, it contains 21 grams of sugar for every 37 grams spread (about two tablespoons), more than half of which is sugar. It also contains palm oil, very rich in saturated fats (50%), which contribute to increase cholesterol levels and is harmful to health.
In today's post we are going to show you an alternative to Nutella: vegan, lactose-free and sugar-free.
What alternatives do we use?
To replace sugar we can use agave syrup for the vegan version or local honey. Agave syrup is a syrup obtained from plants native to Mexico, and is an excellent substitute for refined sugar as its glycemic index is more moderate.
For the powdered milk originally contained in Nutella, we are going to use vegetable milk (of your choice), in this case soy milk. This way, you can still enjoy your sweet treat while being respectful of animals and your health.
Unlike saturated fats, unsaturated fats from nuts are beneficial for our body. In commercial chocolate and hazelnut spreads such as Nutella or Nocilla, they have a very high percentage of saturated fats that end up having harmful effects on our health. In our homemade vegan Nutella, we are the ones who have control over the ingredients that will compose our recipe so the nutritional value of this will be much richer when using the alternatives that we propose, besides being a fully customizable recipe.
200 gr. of toasted hazelnuts (they must always be toasted)
200 ml. of natural soy milk (or other vegetable milk)
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon agave syrup (add more to sweeten to taste)
Place the hazelnuts in the oven and let them toast for about 20 minutes.
Grind the nuts, together with the syrup and cocoa, with a food processor or blender, slowly adding the milk to the mixture.
Continue mixing and adjusting the amount of milk until you obtain a homogeneous mixture with the desired texture.
Pour it into a container for storage in the refrigerator and it is ready to enjoy!
*Keep in the fridge: 1 WEEK
Recipes with Nutella
There are endless possibilities for sweets with chocolate but today we wanted to present a couple of ideas to accompany your new recipe:
Homemade vegan croissants (let us know if you would like the recipe).
Morning toast with vegan Nutella and fruit
Chocolate for churros
Chocolate cake topping
Chocolate sponge cake
Chocolate chip cookies
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