World Nutella Day- Homemade Nutella

  Did you know today is World Nutella Day? I'm not sure who coins these days, or if it's even legit but, I thought it fitting to post a homemade Nutella recipe for all those hazelnut spread lovers out there! My daughter loves Nutella and used to spread at least 5-6 spoonfuls on a big fat piece of challah every other morning.  I paid little to no attention to it until I wised up and learned about the actual crazy sugar content. At the point,  I felt I needed to try to find a healthier alternative. It’s funny, my knee-jerk … [Read more...]

Slow Cooked Nutella Swirl Pound Cake

  Cake in a slow cooker?  Sounds a bit strange right?  I mean, my adventures with my new slow cooker have only featured stews and soups and chillis.  It's hard to imagine "slow cooking" a cake.  Now, imagine slow cooking a pound cake!  I can count on one hand the number of times I've eaten pound cake in my lifetime (I mean, we call it Pound Cake for a reason). And, I'm certain most of those cakes were of the pre-packaged variety: But, when I came across this recipe over at The Naptime Chef, I just had to try it! It's first … [Read more...]

Demystifying the term “homemade”

Last week in my "Natural with Nutella" post, I was so giddy.  I made three different homemade dairy-free versions of Nutella!  I was convinced, even before embarking on the project, that no matter what, my version would be healthier than the purchased jar.  Why?  Well, because I was making it in my home.  Isn't that automatically healthier? Don't laugh.  For someone like me, who's still very much fumbling around the kitchen like Frankenstein, knowing some of the ingredients in a recipe has been enough to claim something … [Read more...]

Going Natural with Homemade Nutella

Last Spring we took a family trip to Paris.  Besides falling in love with the splendor and beauty that often defines the city of lights, my daughter also fell in love with Nutella.  Wherever we went, she’d seek out a creperie or a crepe cart on the street to order up a hot crepe, overflowing with Nutella – sometimes bananas and strawberries were mixed in too. Although Nutella tastes very chocolate-y and looks like chocolate, it’s not chocolate!  It’s actually a hazelnut spread.  I couldn’t wait to support her seemingly healthy Nutella habit … [Read more...]