Healthy Sugar Free Ketogenic NUT.ELLA: 0.5g carbs per serving and 100% NO SUGAR, NO GRAINS, NO GLUTEN, NO DAIRY.
If you’ve been searching for the best, healthy, keto Nutella alternative, you’ve found it! There are plenty of Nutella recipes on the web. But perhaps you’ve tried some (as I have) and found them either too runny, or too paste-like, or maybe the flavour wasn’t great. My Healthy Sugar Free Ketogenic NUT.ELLA is different. It really does taste very much like the real thing. It’s as gooey and spreadable as the real thing, too.
The recipe I’m going to share with you is simple, quick and doesn’t require any cooking whatsoever. In just a few minutes, with a bowl and a whisk, you’ll whip up the best ever NUT.ELLA.
So why would you bother making your own hazelnut-chocolate spread, when Ferrero’s original tastes so good and is ‘healthy’ anyway – according to its advertising? Well, don’t believe the hype. There is NOTHING healthy about Nutella. Zero. Nada. Zilch.
6 Reasons to ditch Ferrero’s Nutella.
#1. NUTELLA IS OVER 70% SUGAR AND PALM OIL. Sugar and palm oil are the first 2 ingredients listed on the nutrition label. And as you know, by law, manufacturers must list ingredients in descending order, starting with highest quantity. The next 3 ingredients on the list make up 28%. The rest is an insignificant amount of flavourings. No need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Nutella is mostly sugar and cheap oil. Don’t believe me? Check out the official Nutella website.
#2. PALM OIL IS VERY BAD NEWS. Aside health concerns surrounding palm oil, there is the obvious global issue of rainforest destruction and the negative impact on wildlife and ecosystems. Ethically, and morally, I cannot support any food or ingredient derived from palm oil. No matter how good it tastes. If you’re unaware of the devastating effects of deforestation, click on this link to see a truly heart-wrenching picture (Warning: graphic image of animal suffering) that speaks a thousand words.
#3. IT CONTAINS JUST 13% HAZELNUTS. Healthy as they are, there’s hardly any nuts in what is marketed as a ‘hazelnut spread’.
#4. ONLY 7.4% COCOA. Really! And millions of people around the world think of it as a chocolate spread…
#5. VANILLIN AND SOY LECITHIN ARE CHEAP AND NASTY ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS. Far from healthy and far from natural. Vanillin is nothing to do with the vanilla bean. It’s a chemically produced flavour enhancer. Soy Lecithin is a by-product of soy refinery -or better put, leftover gunge. Couldn’t get more artificial if you tried.
#6. ADVERTISING AS ‘HEALTHY’ A PRODUCT THAT CLEARLY ISN’T. I wish advertising watchdogs would do more about misleading or even false advertising. Ferrero promotes its Nutella as a healthy food, especially suitable to children, with only natural ingredients, and I don’t understand how it gets away with it.
Healthy Sugar Free Ketogenic NUT.ELLA: you only need a few, natural ingredients.
Although I have two hazelnut trees that produce a lot of nuts every year, they’re not a match for Piedmont hazelnuts, which are considered the finest in the world. For my Healthy Sugar Free Ketogenic NUT.ELLA I use this hazelnut paste. You can make your own by blitzing roasted, peeled hazelnuts until the oil starts to ooze out and the nuts turn to a paste (butter). However, the taste, strength and flavour of the resulting product will very much depend on the type of nuts you use. And let’s be frank, pot luck. If you buy the ready made paste, however, you’ll know you’re using the best hazelnuts. And your NUT.ELLA will be great. Every time.
If you cannot get Piedmont hazelnut paste, you could try this one. You won’t get the same delicious result, but it will be close.
You’ll also need hazelnut oil, cocoa, vanilla extract, liquid stevia and vegetable glycerin.
It may sound like a sinister ingredient, but glycerin (aka glycerine, glycerol) is just a sugar alcohol. A bit like erythritol. A carb (technically) that isn’t a carb. But it’s also neither a fat or a protein. You’ll find it in a lot of food and non-food products. Manufacturers use it to add moisture, mass and sweetness. Most of the lower priced vegetable glycerin is derived from palm oil – which I avoid like the plague. The glycerine I use is coconut derived – click here.
Whatever you buy, make sure it is vegetable glycerin and safe to ingest. I use it to give my NUT.ELLA the sticky, gooey texture that sticks to your gnascers, typical of the real Nutella. Of course, my NUT.ELLA won’t cause zillions of bacteria to have a party around your teeth, feasting on sugar -because glycerin, although sweetish, isn’t sugar. So you can rest assured that your pearly whites will remain safe.
And vegetable glycerin, mixed with water and coconut oil, is great as a moisturising skin lotion, too.
Here is the Recipe for Healthy Sugar Free Ketogenic NUT.ELLA.
I do realise that the ingredients required are a little unusual and quite expensive. But it’s just an initial outlay. And if you consider how many jars of NUT. ELLA, hazelnut ice cream, nut desserts and other delights you’ll be able to make with them, it won’t seem such an expense anymore. And if you love Nutella, it’s a small price to pay.
- Yield: 28
- Serving size: 1 (20g)
- Calories: 90
- Fat: 6.5g
- Net Carbs: 0.5g
- Protein: 1g
- 75g hazelnut paste (butter) (click HERE for U.S. option)
- 30g unsweetened dark cocoa (Perugina has the lowest carbs per 100g)
- 75g vegetable glycerine (for U.S. option, click HERE)
- 40g hazelnut oil
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract (click HERE for U.S. option) or make your own
- 1-2 full droppers of vanilla flavoured liquid stevia (click HERE for U.S.option)
- put all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- whisk until smooth.
- taste test and adjust sweetness by adding a little more stevia if required;
- add a little more hazelnut oil if you prefer a more fluid consistency.
- decant to a jar, seal and store.
Store NUT.ELLA for up to 2 weeks in a cupboard at room temperature, or up to 2 months in the fridge.
Metric kitchen scales are an inexpensive yet invaluable gadget to enable accurate measurement of ingredients. Store them upright in a cupboard or over your worktop and they'll only take up a tiny bit of space. Click HERE for the ones I use (UK Link). For U.S. option click HERE.
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