We’re pretty passionate about Nutella ourselves here at Healthy Way to Cook. The preservative-free spread contains fat free milk, a hint of cocoa, and of course, roasted hazelnuts. Like most nuts, hazelnuts are high in unsaturated fats and oleic acid to promote heart health and raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol while lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The phytochemicals in hazelnuts boost your brain health, improve circulation and reduce allergy symptoms. They’re also a great source of B and E vitamins, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Raw hazelnuts are the best way to reap these numerous health benefits, but today, we say to get your hazelnut fix in Nutella form.
Of course, store-bought Nutella does contain a lot of added sugar, so we encourage you to make your own homemade version (recipe by Healthy Green Kitchen) before digging into the chocolatey spread. We’re advocates of the spoon-to-mouth approach, but if you actually want to make something with it, here are a few recipes from the official World Nutella Day website to get you started:
-Nutella Fudge Pops from Chocolate Covered Katie
-Banana Pear Nutella Bread from Erin’s Kitchen
-Banana & Nutella Milkshake from Turquoise Lemons
-Baked Bosc Pear with Nutella Fondant and Zabaglione from Elra’s Baking
-Nutella Marinated Steaks from Emily Malloy
-Nutella Buckeyes from Gluten Free Canteen
-Eggless Nutella Cookies from Treat & Trick
How do you eat this delicious spread? Follow along on Twitter @NutellaDay for more Nutella love stories.
Images via NutellaDay.com