Coconut Nutella Mocha with Homemade Nutella

What could be better than homemade Nutella mixed into a frothy coconut milk mocha? Almost nothing. This rich and decadent warm beverage could easily be an after-dinner dessert! Or just an afternoon treat to help keep warm during increasingly chilly days.

Along with the delicious flavor, this also offers a little nutritional boost! Coconut oil contains antimicrobial lauric acid, which helps increase HDL (good) cholesterol. Coconut milk offers a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins E and C, which support a healthy immune system. Hazelnuts (also known as filberts) contain flavonoids that support brain health and improve circulation. Finally, cacao is a great source of antioxidants and even contains important vitamins and minerals like magnesium and iron. With all of these nutrient-dense ingredients, this is a warm winter drink you won’t want to miss!


Homemade Nutella

Recipe developed by Amari Thomsen MS, RD, LDN

Ingredients
½ cup hazelnuts
3 tablespoons honey
1 ½ tablespoons cacao powder
¾ cup full-fat canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoon vanilla
¼ tsp salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Roast hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 15 minutes or until the skins have become dark and crisp. 
  2. Put the roasted nuts inside a damp kitchen towel and rub them together until all of the skins fall off.
  3. Place hazelnuts in a food processor and process until creamy (about 5-10 minutes) scraping down the sides of the container periodically.
  4. Add the honey, cacao powder, coconut milk, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Process until smooth, adding more milk if needed.

Nutrition Information: 83 calories, 6g carbohydrate, 6g fat, 1g protein, 53g sodium, 5g sugar


Now mix up the magic …


Coconut Nutella Mocha

Recipe developed by Amari Thomsen MS, RD, LDN

Ingredients
1 tablespoon homemade Nutella
1 cup light coconut milk
½ cup strong coffee (or one shot of espresso)
pinch of cayenne
pinch of cacao powder

Directions

  1. Whisk together Nutella and coconut milk in a large coffee mug until frothy.
  2. Slowly add the coffee.
  3. Top with a pinch of cayenne and cacao powder.

Nutrition information: 251 calories, 14g carbohydrate, 20g fat, 1g protein, 25g sugar, 11g sodium


Enjoy, smile, and stay warm!

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Amari Thomsen, MS, RD, LDN, is a freelance food and nutrition writer, recipe developer and author of "Idiot’s Guides: Autoimmune Cookbook." She is a recognized nutrition communications expert with FoodMinds and a health influencer herself as owner of a Chicago-based private practice, Eat Chic Chicago.