Did you know – today is “World Nutella Day″ (the ninth instalment!)? Created by Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso World Nutella Day is a day to celebrate, get creative with, and most importantly, eat Nutella.
This is my sixth year participating in World Nutella Day – in 2010 I made a Nutella cheesecake, in 2011 I made Nutella lamingtons, in 2012 I went French with Nutella macarons craquelés, in 2013, I made Nutella truffle pops. and last year, I made a flourless hazelnut-chocolate Nutella-inspired cake.
This year, I’m bringing you a simple smoothie. No it doesn’t contain Nutella (that would be way too simple!) but it is chocolatey and hazelnutty and it’s been a bit of a savior over the past few weeks as I have not had much appetite through my neverending sinus infection and rounds of antibiotics. It’s definitely Nutella-like and the bonus is that it makes a GREAT afternoon/ after school snack.
Ever since I was a schoolgirl, “after school” time (between 3pm and 6pm) has been the time when I feel the hungriest. If left to my own devices, I might be tempted to eat cookies, cake or, you know, Nutella out of the jar, because, quite frankly, that’s what I feel like after school. Sadly, those are not the best choices so these days, it’s more likely to be a piece of fruit and a yoghurt (which are also delicious, just not quite the same!). A little bit of protein around that time will keep me going until dinner.
Every now and then, though, I’ll still treat myself to a hot chocolate or a smoothie – this one works a treat for keeping me full and satisfies my sweet tooth at the same time. I’ve had this a number of times after school over the past few weeks and it’s been great – the sweetness of the cocoa powder is just enough and the protein in the hazelnut meal keeps me satisfied. It’s a perfect treat to whip up in a single serve blender too.
- 1 cup milk of your choice (I use skim but feel free to use a dairy-free alternatives)
- 10g (2 tablespoons) sweetened cocoa powder
- 15g (4 tablespoons) hazelnut meal (ground hazelnuts)
- Optional: cacao nibs and whole hazelnuts for topping
- Blend milk, cocoa powder and hazelnut meal until well-combined.
- Top with a sprinkle of cacao nibs and 3-4 hazelnuts if desired.