Cocoa cashew creme (aka “Notella”)

This delicious recipe comes from my good friend, Jed. Not only does it taste better than Nutella, it’s 30% lower in calories, 25% higher in protein, and has only a fraction of the sugar. If it’s not quite sweet enough for you, add a bit more sweetener or decrease the cocoa powder slightly. If you like a little heat, add a pinch of ground ginger or cayenne pepper. For a mocha variation, add 1/2 teaspoon of espresso granules.


  • 1/2 cup cashew butter, unsalted
  • 1/2  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir with wooden spoon until well mixed and creamy. Store in the fridge. Makes about 1 cup.

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2 thoughts on “Cocoa cashew creme (aka “Notella”)

    1. Personally, I think peanut butter might be too strong a flavor. But almond butter should work. Or, for something even closer to the original, hazelnut butter.

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