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Nutella Smoothie Recipe
Learn how to make a Nutella smoothie. This smoothie recipe with bananas, strawberries, and chia seeds is packed with healthy nutrients, protein, and fiber.
Need an excuse to indulge in some Nutella? This smoothie recipe is for you!
Important Note: If you have any food allergies, dietary restrictions, or underlying health concerns (i.e.; pregnancy, diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut allergies, etc), please check with your doctor or primary healthcare provider to be sure this recipe is suitable for you. This recipe contains ingredients that are known to have nutritional benefits, but as with any food, maximum health benefits can only be achieved when it is included as part of a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise routine.
Have you made a Nutella smoothie yet? Nutella is one of the world's most beloved chocolate treats. It can be spread on fruit, cookies, toast, crackers--almost anything. And it's a versatile baking ingredient, too. Indeed, this nutty, chocolaty treat is so much more than just a condiment!
Even if you don't bake, you can still add Nutella to your breakfast routine by blending it into a satisfying, nutritious smoothie. This Nutella smoothie recipe is quick and easy to make, and because it contains fresh fruit and healthy proteins, it can help power you through the morning.
There are a few bonus Nutella recipes included here, too. They're perfect for those days when your sweet-tooth cries out for something a little more decadent than a healthy breakfast shake.
Nutella Smoothie Ingredients
- 2/3 cup Almond milk
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tbs Nutella
- 1/2 Banana
- 4 Large Strawberries
- 1 tbs Black Chia Seeds
How to Make a Nutella Smoothie
- Cut 1/2 ripe to very ripe banana and 4 large Strawberries into medium-sized slices, and drop into small kitchen blender.
- Pour in 2/3 cup cold, plain almond milk, followed by 1 tablespoon of black Chia seeds. Stir lightly with a spoon to make sure the Chia seeds blend into the almond milk.
- Add 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt.
- Add 1/2 tablespoon of Nutella.
- Liquify the mixture by blending at medium speed until the ingredients are smooth and pink from the strawberries.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy right away or store it a sealed container in the refrigerator, for no more that 1 day to preserve freshness and the nutritional value of all the healthy ingredients.
- As the Chia seeds soak up the liquid in the shake, the drink will become thicker, and the ingredients may separate slightly. If this happens, simply mix lightly with a spoon and enjoy!
What makes a Nutella smoothie ideal as a healthy breakfast treat for people on the go? This smoothie is packed with healthy vitamins and minerals, fiber, and protein.
- Banana provides more potassium than any other fruit. Potassium energizes tired muscles, prevents cramps, and can help protect against stroke. Using bananas that are ripe or starting to brown will give your smoothie a naturally sweet taste.
- Strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C
- Chia seeds have more calcium than milk, and they're also known as a complete protein source. Protein helps keep you feeling satisfied. Chia seeds are also a high source of magnesium, fiber and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Greek yogurt has less fat than regular yogurt and twice as much protein.
- Almond milk is high in calcium and has no cholesterol or saturated fat, but it's high in healthy fats such as Omega-3. It contains Vitamin E (good for your skin), and B vitamins which are good for muscle growth and mental alertness.
Why not try experimenting with different smoothie ingredients and come up with your own one-of-a-kind Nutella recipe. Here are few healthy suggestions:
Blueberries -- full of antioxidants, helps build bones and fight osteoporosis
Raspberries: high in fiber (one cup contains 1/3 of your daily recommended fiber)
Dark Chocolate: eases emotional stress and boosts libido; anti-oxidants help fight disease
Flax seeds (instead of Chia seeds): excellent source of fiber, magnesiusm, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids
Honey: rich in B vitamins and has natural anti-bacterial properties Note: Honey is not recommended for infants.
Cinnamon: lowers blood sugar and helps control your appetite
Nutrition information sources used: Nature's Healers, Chatelaine; 11 Benefits of Almond Milk, Lifehacker
Of course, you don't have to just make healthy Nutella recipes. As 19th Century American writer Ernestine Ulmer once said, "Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first."
Here are some divine desserts and sweets that can be made with Nutella:
- Homemade Nutella Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
Nutella truly is a versatile dessert ingredient! No wonder his chocolate-hazelnut spread is a top-selling grocery item all around the world!
How do you pronounce Nutella? (There's no right or wrong answer.)
Nutella Ice Cream Cake
Nutella Fun Facts
- February 5 is World Nutella Day.
- A jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds around the world.
- All of the Nutella sold each year around the world could be spread across 1,000 soccer fields.
- Nutella's Facebook page has over 25 million 'Likes.'
- Nutella is as old as Napoleon Bonaparte! During the Napoleonic Wars, when a continental blockade caused a chocolate shortage, inventive Italian chocolatiers started adding chopped hazelnuts to chocolate in order to make their supplies last as long as possible. This chocolate-hazelnut paste was called gianduia.
- Nutella became a commercial product in 1946 when an Italian pastry maker named Pietro Ferrero turned to the mighty hazelnut to extend chocolate supplies after World War II.
Source: 8 Things You May Not Know About Nutella, www.mentalfloss.com
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Which of the Nutella recipes featured in this article would you like to try?
© 2014 Sadie Holloway