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We are in for a treat with today's recipe! We are making a super delicious guilt-free Chickpea Nutella Sandwich to ease your sweet tooth cravings and snacking needs. Prepare yourself, because this one is binge-worthy.
I try to stay away from snacking as much as I can. Not because it is a bad thing but because I usually end up eating some sort of junk food or overly sugary candy bar. When the snacking cravings hit, I tend to just go buy something at the store and I can't really say it is ever healthy, maybe just sometimes.
So, I've been trying to have some homemade snacks around that are a bit healthier. This simple hack helps me stay away from refined sugar without having to say goodbye to my dear sweets.
Ages ago, I used to love Nutella, but then I became vegan and I learned about the ingredients in it. I stopped consuming it but I sure missed my spread! So, I did some experimenting in the kitchen and came up with my own vegan Nutella.
I had to do a fair bit of trial and error to get this one right. I didn't want to use refined sugar but I still wanted it to be sweet and nutty. Instead of refined sugar, I used one of my favourite natural sweeteners, dates! I always have them around and I buy them already pitted to save myself some work.
The other thing I did some testing on was on how to get the right chocolate flavour for this vegan bread spread. I tried with both cacao and cocoa powder and the ultimate winner was without a doubt cocoa powder.
We get a lot of questions from people asking if they can swap one for the other, and I always suggest not to. The difference might seem subtle but when it comes to the flavour you will notice straight away.
The thing here is that cacao is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans, while cocoa powders is that same raw cacao but roasted at really high temperature. The two versions are high in nutrition, but cocoa is slightly cheaper and its taste is not as strong as cacao.
That is why I always suggest sticking with what the recipe says. Otherwise, the overall taste of whatever it is that you are making might change. So, going back to the vegan Nutella we are about to make, we are sticking with cocoa powder.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make this vegan bread spread in a couple of minutes. Just put all the ingredients in the blender and give it a go until you have a smooth homogenous spread.
I usually make a batch that I can use throughout the week. But it's so easy and quick that you can even make it whenever you need it. I've even made this recipe for breakfast on school days, that's how quick and easy this recipe is.
Toast some slices of bread and add as much vegan Nutella as you can handle. You and your family will love this healthy treat!
For the chickpea nutella
For the bread
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 365||From Fat 131|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 15g||22.3%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9.5%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 52g||17.4%|
|Dietry Fiber 12g||47.3%|
|Vitamin A 13.57IU||0.3%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.32mg||15.8%|
|Vitamin C 1.22mg||2%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 2.86mg||9.5%|
|Vitamin K1 5.09µg||6.4%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 0.44mg||4.4%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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