That time I accidentally made a healthy version of Nutella
I love to snack. All day long. In fact, in this stage of life with littles and breastfeeding a baby, if I didn’t snack, I would have zero energy. Since my kids constantly need fuel throughout the day, I usually take that opportunity to eat too. When you are constantly eating, and trying not to gain 10 pant sizes, you try and find healthy alternatives to your favourite foods (chocolate, cupcakes, cookies, nutella spread on ANYTHING). So I set out to make those healthy chocolate energy balls filled with cacao, nuts, seeds, etc. I have followed a few different recipes in the past, but today I winged it (always a bad idea). Basically, I just took my favourite ingredients for granola (minus oats) and put them in a food processor. Turns out, it matters how much “wet” versus “dry” ingredients matters because you will get something more spreadable versus rollable when you put too much wet. But do you know what? It was delicious and UBER healthy. And my toddler loved it. So I win. Here’s the recipe for healthy nutella:
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 1 cup of almonds (I used sliced)
- 1 cup of pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon of cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of any nut butter (my son loves peanut, so we used that)
Method: In a food processor, or a high powered blender, blend the walnuts, almonds and dates together for a minute. Then add everything else, and blend until it’s a creamy consistency, and everything is well mixed.
This is the part where you are supposed to roll into balls and put in the fridge to set. It was way too creamy to roll into anything, so I just spread it on a toasted bagel instead. It’s basically nutella, but WAY healthier. So feel free to just put a spoon into this stuff and eat it straight. (DISCLAIMER: it’s not necessarily low-cal considering the amount of nuts and oils and butters went into it, but it’s all good fats, RIGHT?!). With the leftovers, you can put in fridge and eat later but it will not be as creamy as when you first blended. So, instead do what I did. I spread it into a shallow baking dish, and let it set in the fridge. I took it out a few hours later and cut up into bars. BOOM! Healthy chocolate “bars”. I’m the winner of failed recipes!
P.S. Feel free to omit or substitute certain ingredients (i.e. flax, hemp, chia seeds, or different nuts) if it’s not to your taste. I literally just looked in my pantry for what I had and threw it all together!