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I have so many guilty (but oh so sweet!) memories of standing in front of my open pantry eating nutella out of the jar. Being a bit of a germaphobe, I didn't want to use a spoon, and then double dip it back in the jar. So I was pretty pleased with myself when I discovered that honey graham crackers were the perfect size, shape, and deliciousness for scooping out that hazelnut goodness. They added a nice crunch to each mouthful too

Its been two years since I've last had a graham cracker full of nutella. I finally got tired of that sick and guilty feeling in my stomach after these nightly raids, and quit. Since then, Nutella has been sued for false nutritional advertising, losing a class action law suit of $3 million dollars for implying that the product was healthy. If you live in the US by the way, you can apply for your compensation ($4 per jar of nutella purchased). So over all, I've felt good about my abstinence.

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Until today. It all unravelled when I came acrossa "healthy" nutella recipe, both sugar-free and vegan. At first, I closed the tab and went back to studying. But then as I tried to focus on studying diabetes treatment options, my mind wandered to the giant bag of hazelnuts I had sitting in my kitchen and somehow the recipe was back up on my screen.

It wasn't entirely ironic, I promise. This recipe uses xylitol instead of sugar ; I did a quick lit search and found a 2012 study published in the Annals of Nutritional Metabolism that found xylitol supplementation in diabetic rats significantly reduced body weight, blood glucose, and serum lipids (all healthy signs in a person with diabetes). The authors even went as far as suggesting, "that xylitol can be used not only as a sugar substitute but also as a supplement to antidiabetic food and other food products". So reading one studying isn't exactly the most robust review of literature ever performed, but it was enough to convince me to stop studying about diabetes and go make myself some anti-diabetic nutella lol.

Ingredients:

2 cups raw hazelnuts

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup xylitol

1 and 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract

2 tsp coconut oil

Directions:

1) Roast hazelnuts at 400F for 15 minutes. Rub the skins off with a paper towel and transfer to food processor or blender.

2) Blend until the nuts turn into butter (this was like watching a chemistry experiment, so cool!)

3) Add remaining ingredients and blend until completely smooth.

And ta-da!!! You've made your own healthy sugar free (and xylitol supplemented) nutella!!!!

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Posted in Cleaning Services Post Date 03/21/2017


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