Hazelnut Cacao Maca Spread, the ‘Healthy Nutella’ | Clean Eating

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265g Hazelnuts
30g Organic Cacao Powder
250g Maple Syrup
5g Maca Powder

Calories per tbs | 35

Nutella is delicious, there is no denying it. The taste of Nutella takes me right back to my childhood, and reminds me of going skiing in the Alps with my family.

Reading up on Nutella’s ingredients, I’ve found the following,

Let’s discuss. So the only ingredient I’m happy to really see is ‘hazelnuts’. It appears a seemingly innocent ingredients list at first glance, that actually contains health-harming substances that we simply don’t need to ingest.

Not only is Nutella high in refined sugar, which is cancer food, it contains palm oil – which is a major player in deforestation. Many also don’t realise ‘soy lecithin’ is a toxic GMO emulsifier, and above all the innocuous, ‘vanillin’, also goes by the name E621, or monosodium glutamate (MSG), a harmful flavour enhancer.

Shockingly, Nutella consumption can be linked to the following side-effects,

  • Intense headaches
  • Flushing of the cheeks
  • Profuse sweating
  • The feeling of pressure and tightness in the face
  • A rapid or a fluttering heartbeat
  • Numbness and tingling of the face or neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain

Is this really necessary?

Now I could go on all day about how the general public for the most-part are blindly consuming ‘food’ that is killing them, foxed by re-assuringly innocent packaging and marketing messaging, and fooled by cleverly engineered ingredient nicknames to mask the underlying chemical wizardry present in the produce we’re consuming.

So….I’ve created my own Nutella, and it’s delicious! Here are the steps you can take to create your own, I love having this sitting in my fridge – ready to spread on bread, mix into porridge, or dessert, or to eat with a spoon…
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  1. Blitz the Hazelnuts
    Hazelnuts really are the star of the show here and there isn’t a suitable alternative if you’re striving to achieve that true ‘Nutella’ taste. The benefits of hazelnuts are endless, and it really is an under utilised nut compared to many, benefits include: cardiovascular, cancer prevention, muscles tension relief, skin health, bone and joint health, nervous system function, digestive tract health, and energy!
    ezgif.com-cropThere are two ways to go about the first step – you can either roast your hazelnuts to bring out the flavour and then blitz, or do as I’m doing in this example by grounding them up first and cooking the mixture so it all incorporates together. Either is fine.
  2. Add Maple Syrup
    Maple Syrup is a gloriously natural sweetener, but make sure your bottle’s label states that it contains 100% maple syrup, as many brands contain a small amount of maple syrup, mixed with a harmful concoction of sweeteners and chemicals.
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  3. Turn Up The Heat
    It’s time to start combining the mixture to bring out the flavours. Transfer your mixture into a saucepan over a medium heat and begin to stirScreen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.21.04 PM
  4. Stir In The Raw Cacao and Maca Powder
    Of course another crucial ingredient to give us the chocolate taste is cacao! Try to use organic cacao, as opposed to cocoa, but cocoa will still do the trick. Cacao is just the raw, less processed version and so is thought to hold more nutritious benefits. Reading up on the benefits of cacao makes me all the more happy to include it in my diet – benefits include cancer preventing antioxidants, lower insulin resistance, nerve cell protection, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the list goes on!
    Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.21.17 PMI also add a small amount of maca powder, as it compliments chocolate flavours nicely without altering the overall taste. Maca, known as ‘Peruvian Ginseng’, is made from a root and carries amazing benefits such as improved mood, energy, and sexual function.
  5. Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.21.24 PMStir The Mixture
    Keep stirring on a low heat until all the ingredients are incorporated. At this point it’s good enough to eat and at this stage can be used in baking, puddings, and porridge.Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.21.11 PM
  6. Blend
    To achieve the creamy, smooth consistency of Nutella, use a powerful blender
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  7. Serve
    I love this recipe – it’s delicious, indulgent and can be used for a whole variety of uses. I normally just spread it over some bread, a rice cracker or mix into a chia pudding. How do you enjoy yours?Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 9.30.13 PM

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