cricket801

Q:

With all the hype about the hazelnut/cocoa spread Nutella, I was wondering if it can be used as a substitute for peanut butter in recipes? I bought a jar, and only use it on toast. Do you have any other suggestions for this spread?

Amy Campbell

A:

Nutella is a delicious hazelnut and cocoa spread that has been used in Europe for quite some time, and has recently become popular in the United States. Nutella can be used in place of peanut butter in recipes, although the texture of the product may be somewhat different than what you’d expect, so you’ll need to experiment a bit. It has about 100 calories per tablespoon like peanut butter, but it’s higher in carbohydrate: 11 grams per tablespoon vs. 3 grams per tablespoon of peanut butter, so keep an eye on the portion size. Other than using Nutella on bread, crackers and fruit, most recipes using this spread are for cookies, brownies and other sweets (which aren’t especially low in calories, carbs or fat!). I’d suggest that you do an Internet search for recipes for Nutella and you’ll likely find some that are a bit more healthful.