YUM! YUM! and YUM again!
Many fussy eaters love chocolate spread but often parents are a little hesitant about the ingredients. Home-made delivers all the taste and none of the additives.
I wouldn’t normally do this, but I have some personal stories that I would like to share around this. Even though it annoys me when others do it I’ll indulge myself for once 😉
Firstly, Nutella-spread has a warm place in my heart. I went overseas for the first time as a young teen on a French exchange. I arrived in the evening, felt really unwell, couldn’t eat anything and was deer in the headlights unable to remember any of my language.
The following morning, I woke ravenous, and the father had been to the local café for fresh croissants. These were served with a steaming bowl of hot chocolate and a jar of Nutella-spread.
Chocolate spread for breakfast kind of blew my mind (traditional English family – marmalade or Marmite!).
Then as a 30 something, living in Indonesia, I booked a trip into the jungles of Kalimantan to observe orangutans in the wild. What a magical experience. My now husband also proposed while we were in the middle of the jungle.
The two stories give me a romantic love of Nutella-spread, but an intense dislike of the ingredients (palm oil plantations are a key factor in orangutans losing their habitat).
This recipe is amazing and is with big thanks to Yummy Mummy Fitness and her idea!
35g hazelnuts (I ground in my spice grinder). You could bash in a mortar and pestle or my favourite, a plastic bag and a rolling pin – perfect for child participation! A grunty food processor would of course do everything. Using 35 gms gives quite a hazelnutty flavour so maybe start with 30 gms for a more subtle outcome.
¼ cup cocoa
2 tbs light tasting olive oil/ coconut oil
1 dst sp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
50 mls milk (add slowly to create desired thickness as you may not need the full amount)
Place in food processor to combine.
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/