When I was a kid, I’d put Nutella on everything. Toast, ice cream, s’mores, marshmallows, cookies, pancakes. If your stomach hurts reading that, so does mine. But it didn’t back then! As a nutritionist, I have mostly said goodbye to Nutella. These days I prefer to fill my plate with nutrient-dense foods; however, sometimes I still have a craving for Nutella. Enter this delicious, healthy “Nutella” smoothie – without the Nutella!
While Nutella isn’t the worst thing in the world, it’s largely made of sugar and poor quality oils, with very few actual hazelnuts. These ingredients promote inflammation, aka. stress on the body and digestive tract. The high sugars also promotes poor blood sugar management and can cause blood sugar spikes and drops throughout the day, resulting in low energy and irregular moods. Not to mention feeling hangry between meals!
The good thing about this smoothie is that it includes delicious and healthy raw cacao (unrefined and nutrient-dense), along with roasted hazelnut butter. This pairing resembles Nutella and is totally delicious – and even nutritious!
Plus – I always boost my smoothies with highly nutritious ingredients, including hidden vegetables. I promise you won’t even taste it in this smoothie, and it adds tons of great nutrients!
Basically this is a hormone-balancing, blood-sugar stabilizing, stress-free delicious smoothie. And I think you should give it a try.
Healthy “Nutella” Smoothie
The perfect blend of nutrient-dense foods with delicious flavours like cacao and hazelnuts, that gives us the perfect “nutella” throwback.
1/2 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower
1/2 ripened banana, ideally frozen
1 scoop of chocolate vegan protein powder
1 tbsp raw cacao (I used this one!)
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp Organic Traditions hazelnut butter
1 tsp maca
Combine all ingredients in your high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
Optional: Top with whatever you’d like – pictured: Hemp Yeah! Blueberry protein granola (Manitoba Harvest) and chocolate chips.
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