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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Homemade Low-fat PB Chocolate Protein Spread: Nutella Without the Lawsuit

Sorry for only have pictures of it on a rice cake.  I couldn't wait any longer to just eat this! Guess I'll have to make it again...you know...just for the pictures.
By now, anyone into food has heard about the Nutella lawsuit class action settlement through some form of media.  Sure, Nutella makes a delicious spread (it's not hard with sugar as the first ingredient), but I wouldn't consider it healthy.

The lady who first filed suit claimed she was misled by Nutella's commercials promoting it as a great breakfast choice for kids. I remember seeing the commercial and thinking "WRONG!!", but I wouldn't try to sue them for it.  Do people not read the ingredients of the foods they eat; especially what they feed their children?

You can't sit and point a finger at a company for your lack of due diligence.  So although it's really not a healthy choice any time of day, there's no reason to sue about it. I feel this suit has just opened the door for more greedy consumers playing the ignorance card and trying to sue another company.

Like natural peanut butter, Nutella has 200 calories per 2 tablespoons, but unlike natural pb, most of these calories come from the 21 grams of sugar. Most natty pb's have zero grams of sugar and more than twice as much protein as Nutella's measly 3g. When I first made this comparison, I was basically turned off from having Nutella in my food future. Am I crazy for wanting to know everything that goes into a food before I put it on a plate for my family and me?  I certainly hope not!

When I am craving something delicious but still healthy enough for my approval, I get to work trying to make it myself!  I'm not a big hazlenut fan, so I usually use another nut instead.  My version offers a lower calorie option since I like to eat a lot of smooth and creamy spreads.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein "Not-ella"

3/4 cup Peanut Flour
3/4 cup Natural chocolate or vanilla protein powder; I used stevia sweetened whey protein
2 tblsp natural peanut butter; sub cashew or almond butter if have it
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
2 packets of stevia powder; or 15 drops liquid stevia
1/4 pumpkin puree; I think mashed banana or applesauce would be great too, but have tried yet
1/4 cup dairy or non-dairy milk of choice; I used unsweetened almond milk

Add all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth.

If it seems too doughy or thick, add more almond milk or water a tablespoon at a time until you get a creamy consistency. Scrape down the sides and to let your food processor cool down. Blending takes a while; don't give up!
The consistency will be a bit thicker than Nutella since we’re using flours/powders and no oil that would make it shiny and smooth. The taste is amazing and waayyy better than Nutella. Plus, it's healthy, all natural, and made by you. 
Now pat yourself on the back (if that's your thing) and enjoy this like you would any spread; on fruit, crackers, bread, right from the spoon, etc. Go ahead, make a thick sandwich or wrap with a banana and a few roasted peanuts for a good crunch. You can feel good knowing it is low cal, has no added sugar, and is high in protein! Y-U-M!
Use this protein crepe recipe with less liquid to make the pancakes above. Then make a sandwich with your awesome "Not-ella" spread. Idea - make a few of these, wrap in plastic or foil and store in freezer for a healthy and quick grab n'go option.

Q: Do you read the labels on the food you buy for yourself and your family?


  1. Thanks for this! I'll have to try this soon! :)

    1. Let me know how it turns out for you, I ate all of mine and need to make a lot more!