Wednesday, 17 February 2016


Is Nutella Healthy?

Growing up I didn't get to eat a lot of Nutella.  ...and I'm glad!  Here is why:

What most people don't realize is that it's about 80% crap and a very small amount is made up of hazelnuts.  To put it in perspective, if you spread Nutella on a slice of toast, you are consuming one hazelnut, a pinch of cacao, and the rest is sugar, palm oil, and skimmed milk powder.  Hardly the breakfast of champions.
If you're like me though, you love the taste.  Well the good news is you can make Nutella yourself, a healthy version that you can eat guilt free every day!!

Home Made Nutella Recipe

  • Hazelnuts
  • Maple Syrup
  • 100% Cacao
  • Almond Milk (optional)
The key is roasting the Hazelnuts first.   Just spread them out on a backing pan and put them into your oven at 190C (370F) until you can smell that awesome toasted hazelnut smell and they turn darker in color. About 10 to 15 minutes.
Let them cool down and then put them in your blender or food processor.  A small blender will do.  They are actually easy to grind.    Blend them for a bit then add 2-3 tablespoons of 100% Cacao.  Blend again.   Then add a tablespoon or so of maple syrup.    Blend again and taste.   Add cacao and maple syrup as you see fit.  You'll be surprised how little maple syrup you need to make it sweet and tasty. 
Optionally you can add water or almond milk to make it creamier and blend again. 
That's it!  How healthy is that!!?   If you are able to restrain from eating it all then you should keep it in the fridge and eat it within a week.
What does this have to do with trading?  Easy, keep your body & mind healthy and reward yourself with a treat once in a while.

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