We should all know by now that Nutella, the insanely addictive chocolate hazelnut spread, is not a healthy food item -- despite what Nutella's famous commercial may lead you to believe. You can certainly spread it on wholesome ingredients, such as whole-wheat bread and fresh fruit, but that doesn't change the fact that it's full of fat and sugar.
The problem is that Nutella tastes so good, it's hard to stay away from it. The best solution is to make it at home, where you can control -- or at least be completely aware -- of what it is you're downing by the spoonful. Click through the slideshow below to find five better-than-Nutella recipes.
With A Bit Of Almond
Why should hazelnuts get all the fun in this chocolate spread? This recipe incorporates almonds too, and it makes a great addition. This twist on Nutella is healthier than you'd expect, using skim milk and hazelnut oil in place of the heavier ingredients. <a href="http://www.aliyaleekong.com/my-homemade-nutella/" target="_hplink">Get the recipe from Aliya Leekong</a> <em>Photo from <a href="http://www.aliyaleekong.com/about/" target="_hplink">Aliya Leekong</a>.</em>
Nutella With A Twist
Nutella is pretty good as it is, but with a few tweaks it can be even better. This recipe, an adaptation of <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/homemade-chocolate-hazelnut-spread-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">Giada's</a>, adds a little bit of cinnamon and honey to add more complexity. <a href="http://www.cookingbymoonlight.com/2012/03/homemade-nutella.html" target="_hplink">Get the recipe Cooking By Moonlight</a> <em>Photo from <a href="http://www.cookingbymoonlight.com/p/about-me.html" target="_hplink">Liz Houck</a>.</em>
If you have a lactose allergy, you've most likely had to miss out on the wonderful world of Nutella. But if you make your own, and use coconut milk in place of dairy, Nutella enjoyment can be yours. <a href="http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2011/07/chocolate-hazelnut-spread-homemade.html" target="_hplink">Get the recipe from The Spunky Coconut</a> <em>Photo from <a href="http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/p/about-kelly-v-brozyna.html" target="_hplink">Kelly V. Brozyna</a>.</em>
Sweetened With Condensed Milk
With just four ingredients you can get a better than store-bought Nutella: milk, chocolate, hazelnuts and condensed milk. But really, what isn't better with condensed milk? <a href="http://theeccentriccook.blogspot.com/2011/07/homemade-nutella.html" target="_hplink">Get the recipe from The Eccentric Cook</a> <em>Photo from <a href="http://theeccentriccook.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html" target="_hplink">Csilla Varadi</a>.</em>
Doubly Chocolatey Nutella
Leite's Culinaria pointed us in the direction of this amazing concoction. Homemade Nutella made with a touch of sugar, a hint of vanilla and a mixture of chocolate and cocoa powder. And it makes a perfect ingredient for a decadent cake frosting. <a href="http://leitesculinaria.com/78672/recipes-homemade-nutella.html" target="_hplink">Get the Nutella recipe from Leite's Culinaria</a> <em>Photo by Alex Farnum. The photo is an image of the homemade Nutella made into a frosting.</em>
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