My family first discovered Nutella when my now-10-year-old was about two. We have a cousin who lived in Europe, and she brought Nutella with her while visiting because she wasn’t certain she’d be able to buy it in the U.S. Her kids had never had peanut butter before, so she wanted to make sure she had something with her that they would eat. She fed it to us too, and we’ve never looked back! Thankfully, it’s widely available outside of Europe, now.
For the uninitiated, Nutella is a spread made from hazelnuts and flavored with cocoa. That’s right; use Nutella instead of peanut butter, and you essentially have a chocolate sandwich! How does it stack up to peanut butter nutritionally, though? A quick comparison of labels shows that the same 2 tbs. serving of Nutella has the following over good old PB:
Less calories from fat: 100 as opposed to 140
Less total fat: 11g as opposed to 16g
More total carbs: 22g as opposed to 7g
Nutella has more sugar than peanut butter, but it also has calcium. And did I mention, it tastes like chocolate? Chocolate! In your sandwich!
Since winter is upon us, and Nutella is a staple in our household, I was delighted to stumble across the recipe for this quick and easy treat.
Nutella Cinnamon Hot Cocoa
I c. milk
1/3 cup Nutella
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
In a small saucepan over medium flame, heat the milk until hot (not boiling), whisk in other ingredients and continue to whisk until Nutella has melted completely. Pour into a mug, put your feet up, and enjoy!0