Raw Nutella

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I’ve had some hazelnuts sitting around in the fridge for a while, and what better way to use up hazelnuts than whipping up a batch of raw nutella?

Packed with healthy fats and oleic acid, hazelnuts are a good source of vitamin E, vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.  Raw cacao powder has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food tested so far, and is rich in a number of essential minerals – including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.  If that’s not enough, raw cacao powder is also a natural source serotonin and endorphins, which act as anti-depressants and help lift your mood.   

The recipe for my rawified nutella is extremely simple, and only takes about 5 minutes to make.  I like to eat it alongside bananas, fresh strawberries, raw breads, or almond milk.  I’ve also had it on top of raw banana crepes, which was delicious.

Ingredients:
1 cup raw hazelnuts
2 tbsp raw cacao powder 
2 tbsp raw honey
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Grind hazelnuts to a fine powder using your food processor.  Add cacao powder and honey, and a little bit of the water.  Blend until you have a thick creamy consistency, adding water as needed.

 This recipe makes about a cup of nutella; the nutritional information is per 1 tbsp.
 
Nutritional Information (per 1 tbsp)
Calories: 55
Calories from fat: 36.5
Total fat: 4.06g
Saturated fat: 0.26g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0.13mg
Total carbohydrates: 3.63g
Dietary fiber: 1.25g
Sugars: 2.25g 
Protein: 1.5g 
 
Source: http://rawified.blogspot.ca/2012/03/raw-nutella.html
 
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