Years ago, I found out that I was allergic to MSG. I read books and did my research. I learned about 28 different names they use for msg. I read the hardest read of my life (thank you Dr. Russell Blaylock). I keep a laminated card in my wallet, in case I get into trouble and I need emergency help.
I removed, what I thought was everything from the “mr. yuck” list. Every once in a while, I would still have huge welts and my tongue would swell. What the heck? I just couldn’t figure it out.
I figured it out last week.
When we lived in Germany, I was introduced to and fell in love with Nutella. Oh my stars. An amazing little product of smashed Hazelnuts (my grandparents had a Hazelnut farm and I want my own nut farm, long story) and chocolate swirled together into a lovely concoction of pure joy. I stopped eating this amazing mixture about two years ago. Sadly, as I said goodbye to sugar and dairy, I had to say a fond farewell to this treat .
I found out last week, one of the ingredients they call vanillin, is code for MSG. Geesh, no wonder, I did not know that. That was a new name for me.
Enter amazing life changing recipe: I was so grateful a friend pointed out this recipe to me. I could almost hear the angels singing a heavenly tune.
If my chair was a bit higher, I would be swinging my legs, giggling while I typed. As it was, I got to lick the spatula clean. Oh my goodness, rich, thick, nutty goodness. Then I licked my fingers. Yes, rather unladylike, so delightful.
I am sure you can find the recipe on the amazing computer in front of you, however, I will write it quick so you can have a go at making this wonderful little extra in life.
First, soak 1 cup of raw hazelnuts for 10-12 hours. Drain and rinse. Put into the food processor or Blendtec. Blend until smooth, scraping down as needed. This may take 10-15 minutes as you are looking for a buttery consistency. Then add 1/4 cup raw agave, 1 teaspoon natural vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 2-4 Tablespoons almond milk. Blend until smooth and then slowly add the milk.
I put it into a squat little jar and tied a chocolate-brown ribbon around the top. I wanted it in a jar, so I could “sneak” some now and then just like I used to.
We are in this together. Here’s to delicious health and wellness!