Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nuts for Nutella

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Have I professed my   love for Nutella to you?

Nutella is sooo verstaile. You can pretty much put it on anything --- and I mean, a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. You can use it for baking, cooking, add it to your coffee, fruit or just plain eat it out of the jar ♡.

If you've been living under a rock☺, Nutella is a delicious spread made from a combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa. It has NO artificial colors or preservatives. Woot-woot!!!

Healthy, right??? BUT wait.....

Nutella also has sugar and modified palm oil as 2 of its main ingredients. So for 1 tbsp of Nutella, there's 100 calories, half of which comes from f-a-t! That is because of the sugar acting as a filler.

So does that mean I should give up the *Devil's* tasty treat?  Hell to the NO! I just have to spend an extra 20 minutes on the tready ☹.

So for dessert last night ...ta-dah...

Nutella Self-Frosting Cupcakes (lighter version)

  • 10 Tbsp softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar substitute (I used Apriva (Splenda) no calorie sweetener but I'm sure you could use others)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Nutella 

    1. Preheat Oven to 325F. 
    1. Line 12 muffin tins with liners. 
    1. Cream butter and sugar together. 
    1. Add eggs one a time until fully incorporated. 
    1. Add vanilla. 
    1. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder. 
    1. Fill each muffin liner 3/4 full with batter. 
    1. Top each with 1 1/2 Tbsp of Nutella. Swirl Nutella in with toothpick. 
    1. Bake for 20 minutes. 
    1. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

So there you have it....

Take me to rehab!

Here's a couple more recipes I've tried.

Also, check out Blond Ponytail...she is hosting a Sporty Girl giveaway.

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