Embracing a Healthy Family: My Nutella MommyParties Fun

My Nutella MommyParties Fun

I had never heard of Nutella® (pronounced "new-tell-uh") until a few year's ago and never really tried it in spite of it being available in the US since the 1980's.  I never took the time to look into the ingredients but figured it was something gross.  At some point, I think during travels to Europe, I discovered hazelnuts and chocolate.  I was in love ... the birds were chirping, the sun was shining ..okay, well not quite but it is heavenly.  Then about six month's ago, I finally tried my first Nutella and I was again in love.  Nutella hazelnut spread is simply delicious and it's amazing how good it tastes and it's a great way to kick off breakfast.  My personal favorite is spreading some Nutella on some whole wheat toasts so I get some flavorful treat and something really good for me.

Nutella has a great taste and is a blend of hazelnuts, sugar, skim milk, and a hint of cocoa which is the right recipe for wonderful.  Each 13 ounce jar contains more than 50 hazelnuts.

Nutella does not contain any hydrogenated oil or trans fat and is also low in sodium compared to other nut butters.  It also does not contain any ingredient derived from gluten containing cereal:  wheat, barley, rye, oats or triticale.  It is a kosher product.  People with peanut allergies can enjoy this tasty alternative as well.  

Nutella isn't just for toast:

  1. English muffins
  2. Toaster waffles
  3. Mini-bagels
  4. Crackers
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Nutella can be part of a wholesome, healthy breakfast when consumed in the right menu.  Nutella on two pieces of whole wheat toast, skim milk and a serving of fruit is a good, tasty and right way to start the morning for yourself or your kids.  My kids love the taste as do I.

My party consisted of 10 of my neighbors and friends and we learned about Nutella and what it has to offer.  Surprisingly, only three others had heard of Nutella and tried it.   It was a fun learning event and everyone loved the flavor.

We tried a couple of recipes I found on the net but this was our favorite:

Nutella Granola
*(compliments of http://lunchfitforakid.blogspot.com/2011/01/recipe-nutella-granola.html)
4 c rolled oats
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c dry milk
1/4 c ground flax seeds

1/2 c Nutella
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c vegetable oil

1 1/2 c dried fruit (I used raisins)

Combine dry first four ingredients in a bowl.

Heat the nutella, brown sugar, and oil in a bowl in the microwave until they can be easily stirred together (about 30 seconds).

Pour nutella mixture into dry ingredients and combine well.

Spread into large baking pans and cook at 250 F for about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  If you don't stir it, it could burn, and there is little more tragic in the kitchen than burnt granola.  Consider yourself warned.

Once the granola is well toasted, let cool and stir in dried fruit.

Transfer to an air tight container and enjoy!

*Disclosure:  I received a complimentary MommyParties Nutella kit for the purposes of my party and this post.

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