Notella – The Vegan Chocolate Hazlenut & Almond Spread

The sweet guilty pleasure of a slice of toast with a large dollop of Nutella..

Well it was my guilty pleasure until I ditched dairy (and all animal products). Yes, there are tonnes of dairy-free alternatives on the market but I wanted something different.

Something not-so-naughty.

Research was key for this and after writing a full nutritional profile for chickpeas I found a tonne of great recipes that give a healthy kick to any diet. My top pick was for My Boys Club – Chocolate Spread that was dairy free too! I was sold.

Not one to settle, I wanted to make this my own.I completely ignored the origional recipe and tried to make this my own. I always find this is best when you don’t want to add to many sugars and fats to your diet. Recreating a recipe with the levels of sugar and fat you want is perfect.

If it’s not sweet enough, adjust it as you taste-test. Developing it at each step (hence so many pictures).

Almond Notella

  • 1 Can; Pre-cooked Chickpeas
  • 20g of Unsweetened Coco Powder
  • 3tsp almond Essence
  • 25g Almonds
  • 30g – 2 Tsp Tahini
  • 4 Tsp Sugar
  • 20ml water/almond milk

20 Portions – 41 Calories Per Tbsp 

I bet your expecting a complicated recipe? – Nah. It’s as simple as throwing the ingredients in a blender and blitzing until smooth. Tahini is completely optional but I think it adds a better texture and more flavour too!

It’s as simple as throwing the ingredients in a blender and blitzing until smooth. I really want to add more bulk to this recipe page as I’m sure it’ll be a huge hit but I really can’t ramble about something that is so simple to create (and to indulge in).

Instructional video:

Notes: If your spread is too thick? Add a dairy-free milk. Almond Milk is my choice for this!

If you have Vegan protein why not add 20g to your mixture but remember to add another 50ml of milk/water to balance the texture!

3.8Carbs – 1.9Fat – 1.6 Protein

Hazelnut Notella

  • 1 Can; Pre-cooked Chickpeas (240g)
  • 2 Tsp of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (20g)
  • 25g Hazelnuts (30)
  • 4 Tsp Sugar
  • If you decide to add Vegan protein (20g) you will need to add the milk Hazelnut Milk (50ml) which boosts the protein to over 6g per portion.

20 Portions – 47 Calories Per Tbsp 3.6Carbs – 1.6Fat – 4.3 Protein

You should know that neither of these is replications of Nutella, meaning they’re not doing the same job.

These are healthier alternatives to Nutella. They have a lot less sugar, fat and more protein (of course) so they do taste different, with more texture they’re less creamy and not as sweet but carry such a nutritional benefit for something that tastes so lovely I thought It’d be a great addition to my dessert options.

I’ve added this to so many things and If you ever happen to watch my youtube videos you’ll notice it’s in a fair few of my ‘what I eat in a day’ videos too!

Add to;

  • Smoothies
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Icecreams
  • As a spread
  • In cereal ( I know – I’m naughty..)

I really recommend trying the almond Notella first as it holds better flavour and sweetness and is much easier to swap into your routine than the hazelnut version, which is less sweet and has less flavour per serving.

 

 

I have since checked the original recipe – it includes dates! Which I’m sure is an amazing addition to the recipe. I’ve also bought some molasses which im sure would be a great boost to these, not to mention it has a tonne of iron and calcium in it.

 

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