Date Sweetened Nutella

No amount of nutella jars could get me trough these exhausting days I’m living lately. I’m having problems with the blog, and you, my bloggy friends can imagine how much of a headache inducing problem that is. As if I wasn’t stressed enough with finals and stuff, now I cannot log into my blog, the page won’t even load!

It is making me want to cry. Like, I live glued to the date nutella jar because, oh well, it makes life better.

I’m glad I’ve finally found a version which is 100% healthy, and has half of the fat and calories (wi-nner). Because I really love Nutella, but Nutella doesn’t love me. Well, sugar in general hates me and my skin. Too much of the stuff and you bet  I’ll end up looking as one of those orcs in The Lord of the Rigs… or possibly even uglier, I think. You don’t want to see what sugar does to this face.

 


 

But I adore the sweet stuff, and there’s no way I’m going to live without it, I’m sorry! So it makes me want to jump and dance akwardly with joy that I was finally able to come up with a version which tastes more than decent and it’s easy to spread in my bread. Seriously, waht’s up with all those all-natural nut butters that look like a darn rock and wouldn’t let me spread them on my toast?? I hate the grainy stuff. Like, you cannot imagine how many jars of  supposed-to-be-nutella-but-it-actually-tastes-like-mud substance that I had to deal with until I found this recipe. Needless to say, that all of those ended up in the trash can… the place where they really belong to, if you ask me.

But not this one, guys. I never thought I’d say this, but I like this version better than storebought Nutella… And I like commercial Nutella A LOT. It is probably my favorite junk food ever, and that’s an understatement, I really really really love it.

 

 

Though this one is so fudgy and chocolate that it’s hard not to fall in love with it at the first spoonful. Because you’ll want to eat with by the spoonful, trust me. And you’ll want to spread it on everything you have in sight. Bread? Yup. Apples? Totally. Porridge? Sign me up. Pancakes? Bring it on!  It tastes so darn nice that you’ll likely want to smear it in your pillow so you have sweet nutella-filled dreams when you go to bed.

Ok, maybe not. Who wants to clean that mess anyway?

 

Date Sweetened Nutella: this heavenly spread has 3 times fewer calories than storebought, and it's vegan and paleo too!

 

But you’ll love it I’m sure. Let me tell you that my health-food hater brothers loved this spread so much that they asked to have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner today. No wonder why the jars doesn’t last more than 24 hours at home (and we’re asleep for 8 of them!)… So so so good I tell you.

Not only does it taste wonderful, but it also makes you feel super full of energy! And it makes you happier and less stressed and stuff. Because is there anything than Nutella can’t improve?

 

 

I need to go out and buy some more dates, because we’ve run out of nutella again (and I made the last batch last night, which kind of nutella devouring-monsters are we?) and I’m going to need it like crazy due to the blog problems and homework and stuff!

Hand me a spoon and a jar and I’ll be happy again. At least, for as long as there’s nutella inside of  it. When it’s over, I’ll go back to my dark corner and cry because the blog isn’t working, my server won’t fix the problem and I’ve got loads of homework to do and lots of exams to take.

Bring on the nutella.

I think I’m gonna need it.

 

INGREDIENTS:

300 grams pitted dates

100 grams roasted hazelnuts

120 ml. hazelnut milk (skim milk and almond work too!)

4 tbsp. cocoa powder

vanilla extract

salt

 

DIRECTIONS

Soak dates in water for 10 minutes.

Add them to a food processor and pulse until they form a paste.

Add hazelnuts and pulse until ground.

Add cocoa, vanilla and salt and pulse unitl combined.

Add milk and process for 5 minutes more until nutella is smooth.

 

NOTES

Each tablespoon has around 39kcal (all of them healthy kcals!) while storebought Nutella has 100kcal per tbsp., crazy right??

 

Now tell me guys, because I really need to know it. Have you had any problem trying to access to my blog or is it just happening to Spanih readers (including me)?

 

Have a great week!

Consuelo

 

77 Comments

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven December 2, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I made a similar recipe last year but forgot to write down the recipe! You just saved me from failing if I tried to do it again! AHHHMAZING.

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Davida! I’m so glad you like it ^^

  • Reply padresfrikerizoss December 2, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Oh madre del amor hermoso!!! la necesitaba como agua de mayo…

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Β‘Me alegro de que te guste! Un beso πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kelly December 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I absolutely love nutella and it’s hard for me not to eat it by the spoonful sometimes too. Pinning, I can’t wait to try this healthier version you made, that means I won’t feel as guilty when I eat too much πŸ™‚ Nutella definitely makes everything better. Good luck with studying Consuelo and hoping that more nutella will help make you feel better about your exams too πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelly! I hope you love it if you try it ^^

  • Reply Joanne December 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Oh no, blog problems are the worst!! Have you tried contacting your host company??

    I have a definite weakness for nutella so I love this healthier version of it!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      I did! The said that there was no problem and I think that the issues have something to do with my local internet provider, so I’ll try to contact them later today.

      Thank you, Joanne πŸ™‚

  • Reply Monica December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Kudos to you for making a low-fat and healthier version of Nutella that tastes amazing. I can feel your love for this and I’m glad it’s there to stand by you during all the stress of exams and problems with the blog! I would love a big slather of this over a slice of toast right now. : )

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      I would love a toast right now again, but we ate the whole jar and there’s none of it now (again). Thank you so much! x

  • Reply Mary Frances @ The Swet {Tooth} Life December 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Blog problems reduce me to tears every time. I’m so sorry Consuelo, but your page is working just fine for me, if that makes you feel any better! I just got a bag of dates and have been wanting to try healthy Nutella – am trying this this afternoon! Looks incredible! Quick question – is it grainier than normal Nutella? Have you tried adding eggs and cooking it? Thanks!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      It does! I think that the problem has something to do with a local internet provider that we have in Spain, so just Spanish readers are affected (including me sigh). I’ll contact them later today!

      It is grainier than storebought, but the texture is much better than any other healthy nutella versions that I’ve ever tried. The milk and dates make it easier to blend!

      Nope, I haven’t tried adding eggs, but that might worl because it could resemble custard or something… Let me know if you try it, and thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Meghan @ Spoonful of Flour December 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Sorry about your blog problems, that is so frustrating! I am loving this homemade nutella- you are amazing for making a homemade healthy version!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you o much Meghan, I’m happy you like it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Johlene December 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hope all the prolems are sorted now!! This homemade Nutella is great but what I love even more is the combination of Dates and Nutella together..YUM!! Xx

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you so much Johlene πŸ˜€

  • Reply Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen December 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    oh lord help me… This Nutella sounds and looks DIVINE!! I guess I would eat the whole jar :)!! But I definitely have to try this!! Thank you Consuelo for this great recipe!
    P.S. I hope the problems with your blog can be fixed as soon as possible!! poor you…

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much Amy, you’re the sweetest! Let me know how you like it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Laurel y Menta December 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Pues mira: no hemos detectado ningΓΊn problema en el blog. SΓ­ es cierto que durante todo el fin de semana casi no hemos accedido a ninguno (el finde es sagrado para el descanso, habitualmente, je, je…). Pero hoy hemos entrado perfectamente y sin problemas. Esperamos que todo se solucione…
    En cuanto a la Nutella, quΓ© podemos decir…, que somos adictas, por ejemplo? Nos chifla tambiΓ©n. AsΓ­ que esta receta nos viene de perlas. Gracias por compartirla.
    Suerte en los exΓ‘menes y…, relax: ommmmmm!!!!
    Besitos

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Creo que sΓ³lo pasa con los usuarios de Jazztel :–(
      Β‘MuchΓ­iiiiisimas gracias, chicas! <3

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl December 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Yum! I’ve made a version very similar to this before and can report it was very good πŸ™‚ And I used the rest of it (the small amount I had leftover, that is) to make healthy nutella cookies!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Nutella cookies sound fab! I have to try them soon *-* Thank for the idea!

  • Reply shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com December 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Wow – Consuelo – this date sweetened “nutella” is such a BRILLIANT idea! So healthy and it could be eaten with a spoon or a finger! πŸ™‚
    Sorry about you blog trouble lady…hoping things are back to normal soon!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Shashi! I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ashley December 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve wanted to try making nutella at home for a long time now – I love that this version uses dates for sweetener! I’ve been playing around with dates a lot more in my kitchen and I have to say that I love them! Happy Monday Consuelo! I hope you get all the bad blog stuff sorted out soon!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Dates are perfect, aren’t they? Thank you so much Ashley πŸ˜€

  • Reply danguole December 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Love it! That’s genius right there, Consuelo. And I’m so sorry to hear about your blog problems–they are truly the worst.

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much girl! ^^

  • Reply Ashley - baker by nature December 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Ugh… blog issues are the pits! So sorry you’ve been having a rough time, love! At least you have this date nutella to console you πŸ˜‰ It look amazing!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      They’re terrible indeed! Thanks Ashley! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dolega December 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Yo lo veo perfectamente,.Lo que no veo tan perfecto es esa tostada untada de algo que me encanta pero que no comerΓ© porque sino empezarΓ© a rodar de un momento a otro. πŸ˜›
    Besazo hermosa

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Tengo la pΓ‘gina en blanco ahora mismo πŸ™ Pero bueno, a ver si llamo a los del servicio tΓ©cnico maΓ±ana!
      Muchas gracias πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    What a great idea!! I love Nutella!!

    • Reply Consuelo December 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks Ashley! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes December 3, 2013 at 12:42 am

    I totally understand blog problems they’re terrible! This spread is not though :D. It looks so delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Terrible indeed! πŸ™ Thank you! x

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor December 3, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I hope that you get all the issues with your blog fixed. It looks perfectly find to me πŸ™‚ And so does this date sweetened nutella, yum!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      I hope so too! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen December 3, 2013 at 3:50 am

    I can’t believe you made your own Nutella! You are amazing! And, I have to say – this looks delicious! So sorry about your blog woes. They are so frustrating to deal with. Is it a bad plug-in maybe?

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Nope, it’s not a plug-in issue, but a problem with my local internet provider… they do not want to help me sort it out though πŸ™
      Thank you! x

  • Reply thecupcakeconfession December 3, 2013 at 4:04 am

    It really is very annoying when the internet connection messes with the blog! It’s so difficult to upload images or make any changes ! AAAAh!!! I hope the issue gets sorted! I am in LOVE with this date sweetened nutella Consuelo!!!! I eat Nutella like I eat my breakfast, lunch and dinner combined and it has bloated me up like crazy! But I am sooooo excited to make this healthy version because I won’t have to worry about my ever expanding waistline! πŸ˜€ Plus, I’m pretty sure when I make this today, I’m not gonna have the patience to run and get a spoon and that is why I am going to dunk my fingers in!!!! This is just such a brilliant idea! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      It’s so so so annoying indeed ;(
      Awww thank you so so so much Samina! Your comments always make my day! I’m I’m super glad you like this πŸ™‚

  • Reply anecdotesandapples December 3, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Hi love. So sorry about the blog issues. Technology can be the worst! However, this date paste looks heavenly. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Thanks Monet! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

    You have my interest in declaring this better than Nutella as Nutella is one of the great loves of my life. I have got to try this!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      It’ so different from Nutella but I still find it better! It’s addictive πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Juliana December 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

    What a great idea to use date to sweeten the homemade nutella…what a awesome spread.
    Thanks for the recipe Consuelo and hope you have a beautiful week πŸ˜€

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much Juliana! I hope you have a great week too πŸ™‚

  • Reply blahnikbaker December 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Oh man this can be addicting, quite quickly to be honest. So sorry about blog dilemma. I am there with you right now…I had to send out a FB plea tonight for help. PS: I can access your blog fine over here, Read this post in the morning on my commute to work and now at midnight it loads fine too.

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Ok thanks for the info! It should work fine for readers outside Spain, but I can’t barely log in πŸ™

  • Reply Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I LOVE Nutella! I buy them by the bulk. I currently have 3 large jars in my pantry, that’s how much I love them. And I love the idea of homemade Nutella, sweetened by dates. Looks delicious Consuelo! Lovely post.

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      3 jars?? Oh give me your pantry πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  • Reply wickedgoodkitchen December 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I love ya, Consuelo! Girl, you’ve earned a gold star for the YEAR for this incredibly creative recipe! You are a genius. πŸ™‚ Like you, I must stay away from sugar as much as possible and I’m allergic to dairy and wheat. (Being a baker, this is something I struggle with understanding. Why???? Waaaah!) You have truly brightened my day. I like using dates as a natural sweetener whenever possible and cannot wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week ahead! xo

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Really? Oh, I’m so sorry, that must be terrible :–(
      Thank you so much for the sweet words, I hope you like it! And have a lovely week πŸ™‚

  • Reply wickedgoodkitchen December 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Whoops! I forgot to say…I’ve had no trouble at all reaching your blog. Everything on this side looks swell. I’m so sorry you’re having troubles and headaches over this. Sending up prayers that your blog issues get resolved ASAP! xo

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      It works fine for US readers, so I think it’s a problem with my local company! Thank you so much! x

  • Reply Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com December 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Oh no, Consuelo, that’s such a bummer! Every time I have computer problems I basically have a mini panic attack, so I can imagine how awful it is to have ongoing blog issues. I’ll keep my fingers crossed you get it sorted soon. In the meantime, keep that Nutella jar handy!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens December 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Oh, Consuelo! I’m so sorry about your blog problems. For what it’s worth, I haven’t had any trouble with your site (but I also haven’t been checking in since before our Thanksgiving last week). Yes, you must keep lots of this Nutella handy to get you through! You know we’re huge fans of date-infused carmel and other date-sweetened goodies at THK, so I’m super, SUPER excited about this recipe! Guess what’s going on today’s grocery list? Yep – hazelnuts! Can’t wait to make this!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Yup, I should work fine for you US readers! It’s a local problem!
      Thank you so much, dear! I hope you like it πŸ˜€

  • Reply caileejoy December 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Wow!! What a genius idea!! This sounds AMAZING!! My brother loves Nutella, but I never eat it because it’s so fattening… this is such a great alternative! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Consuelo December 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Cailee! I’m glad you like it πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Amy December 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    What a great idea, Consuelo! Makes eating it by the spoonful not quite so unhealthy πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Consuelo December 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Amy! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Are you kidding? Healthy Nutella spread?! I’m in love πŸ™‚ I have to make this – real soon!

    • Reply Consuelo December 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks! I hope you like it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 4, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Sorry you’ve been having blog problems! What a great spread. Dates are so perfect for sweetening things up. I have never made homemade Nutella before, but I will have to try this recipe soon!

    • Reply Consuelo December 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you so much! I hope you like it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife December 4, 2013 at 5:11 am

    UGH, blog problems are seriously the pits. It’s looking good today!
    You know what else is looking GOOD? This spread. Holy moly. Pinned–I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Consuelo December 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Aww thank you so so much, Erin!

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita December 4, 2013 at 6:33 am

    LOVE this!! I love dates, and I love Nutella, but like you…not so big on the nutritional content of the stuff. Definitely going to try this! Pinned πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks Rachel! I hope you like it πŸ˜€

  • Reply Cindy December 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I feel your pain, I can’t stand when my computer, internet, or blog are not working properly. It always seems to happen when you want to do something. Now, if I had some of this nutella I wouldn’t mind waiting so much. πŸ˜€ Looks delicious!

    • Reply Consuelo December 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Aww thank you so much Cindy! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Zahra December 8, 2013 at 6:23 am

    OMG, this is soo good! When I read it, I immediattely tried it! And it turned out to be deliciuous! Thank you so much voor this recipe!

    Lots of love πŸ™‚

    • Reply Consuelo December 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Thank you so much Zahra! I’m so happy you liked it πŸ™‚

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