If you’re a DIYer, these pins are for you. Once I saw this healthy homemade Nutella recipe, I was inspired to go on a Pinterest search for the most mouthwatering sweet spreads and came up with the three goodies below. Give them a try and pin your creation to your Pinterest boards—and don’t forget to leave a comment on @shapemagazine so we can see what you’ve been up to in the kitchen!
1. Homemade Nutella
Sure, Nutella contains no artificial colors or preservatives and, most importantly, tastes great, but like Julievr of the family kitchen, I’m not in love with the first two ingredients on the list: sugar and palm oil. That’s why I do love Julievr’s homemade recipe. Just a tablespoon of honey and some milk chocolate provide all the sweetness you need. One word of warning: spoon licking will ensue!
2. Pumpkin Butter
Man this stuff is so good, and easy to make. Pumpkin butter is great spread on toast or as a healthy topping for your ice cream or pudding, but my favorite way to use it is stirred into my morning oatmeal. All I do is nuke old-fashioned oats with water for a few minutes—no milk needed thanks to the creamy pumpkin butter—and then stir in the butter. Sometimes I go the healthy route and add protein-rich nuts such as almonds or walnuts, but sometimes decadence wins out and I add a sprinkling of chocolate chips. Such a cozy way to start—or end—a fall day!
3. Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce
Now that I’m thinking about ice cream toppings, I can’t get my mind off this homemade caramel sauce recipe. This one is a little trickier because you have to be very careful not to burn the ingredients, but I’d like to bet you have almost everything you need on hand: sugar, heavy cream, vanilla bean, salt, vanilla extract, and done!
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.