One of the very first things I started eating on this diet – and one of my first posts – was for “Homemade Nutella Banana Yumminess” – homemade Nutella on top of a puffed grain cake with bananas. It’s still one of my staples for a quick lunch or breakfast, and I eat it regularly. But now that I’ve had my whole “date as a sweetener” breakthrough, I’m revisiting a lot of the things I’ve made in the past, and this is one of them.
Today I made a new batch of “Nutella”, and decided to use some leftover date puree in it to see how it would go. And it was SO GOOD.
Like, seriously. So good.
I liked it before…but with only a pinch of Stevia (since too much Stevia just tastes weird) it wasn’t really the sweet, chocolately treat that I wanted. It was a suitable substitute, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t have liked it better if it was sweeter. But since I want to be able to eat this as much as I want, I wasn’t willing to put any sweetener in it.
So, now? Now that I put in a bunch of date puree? It’s just about perfect! Adding in some of the liquid from soaking the dates also makes it more spreadable. This recipe is smoother, creamier, and sweeter than my original one, and I literally closed my eyes in happiness at the first bite of it! And, bonus: not only does it taste divine, but the dates also add extra nutrition! Doesn’t get much better.
So, the next time you need to make up a batch of this stuff, use this new and improved recipe instead. Eat it with sliced apples, on top of a rice cake, smeared on banana bread…or just with a spoon! You won’t be disappointed!
New and Improved Homemade Nutella
- 1 cup natural unsweetened peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
- 1 cup soaked, softened dates or date puree (or to taste)
- 1/4 cup dark or Dutch process cocoa powder
- liquid from soaking dates (as much as needed to achieve desired consistency)
- pinch of Stevia (optional)
Put the soaked dates or date puree in a food processor along with the peanut butter and cocoa. Process until smooth, adding liquid from soaking the dates if necessary. Taste, and add a pinch of stevia if desired. Amounts on this are completely flexible – add or reduce ingredients until you get the flavor you like! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (NOTE: You can mix it by hand in a bowl also, but doing it all in the food processor makes it creamy, and if you’re already processing the dates it’s just easy to throw everything else in too.)