Nuts about Nutella? We created our own homemade version using all-natural ingredients like toasted hazelnuts, Coconut Honey Whole Milk Kefir, and avocado oil. You can use this nutty probiotic spread on toasts, waffles, pancakes, and fruit.
Origins of Nutella
Piedmont, Italy; a mountainous landscape of hilltop castles and bountiful vineyards, is the home of Nutella. This rich and creamy chocolate-and-hazelnut spread was created by Pietro Ferrero, a local bakery owner in Alba, Piedmont. It was first sold under the name “Supercrema,” but was later renamed to Nutella. By 1964, this indulgent spread gained global fame and is now a kitchen staple in many homes.
Ludmila Smolyansky, co-founder of Lifeway, was one of the first importers of Nutella to the United States. Upon its opening in the late 70s, her delicatessen and importing business became a vibrant hub for foodies seeking international fare. Learn about Lifeway’s Nutella connection and more in The Kefir Cookbook by our CEO Julie Smolyansky.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
- 1/4 cup Coconut Honey Whole Milk Kefir
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 cup hazelnuts, raw unsalted
- Toast the hazelnuts till warm in the oven - this releases the natural oils. Once the hazelnuts have slightly cooled, place them in the blender and begin to pulse to break it up.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend till mixed fully. Enjoy!