Love it, Like it, Hate it: Nutella & Chocolate Nut Butter Swap-Outs

Nutella has recently experienced a surge in popularity, with many even using the chocolate treat as a healthy breakfast option.  Unfortunately, Nutella is really more sugar than anything else, and is far from a healthy option – for breakfast or anytime. But there are a few better-for-you Nutella swap-outs, so today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the best and worst of chocolate-nutty spreads.


Nutella settled class action lawsuit last year for $3 million for health claims/implying via TV ads and labeling that Nutella is a healthy option, and have curbed their health-related marketing messaging, but still launched  a nationwide ‘Breakfast Tour’ last year, promoting Nutella as a breakfast food.

The following nutrition facts are for two tablespoon servings:


Better’n Peanut Butter Chocolate Peanut Butter

100 calories – 2 grams fat – 190 mg sodium – 13 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 2 grams sugar – 4 gram protein

Ingredients: Peanuts (including defatted peanut flour), water, tapioca syrup, rice syrup, dehydrated cane juice, cocoa, chocolate…

  • 50% fewer calories and 90% less sugar than Nutella, with twice the protein.



Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dreams

170 calories – 13 grams fat – 35 mg sodium – 12 grams carbs – 2 grams fiber – 7 grams sugar – 6 grams protein

Ingredients: Peanuts, evaporated cane juice, cocoa, cocoa butter, palm fruit oil, vanilla, salt

Jif Whips Whipped Peanut Butter & Chocolate

150 calories – 11 grams fat – 60 mg sodium – 11 grams carbs – 1 gram fiber – 8 grams sugar – 3 grams protein


Jif Hazelnut Mocha Cappuccino

230 calories – 14 grams fat – 40 mg sodium – 21 grams carbs – <1 gram fiber, 21 grams sugar, 2 grams protein

Ingredients: Sugar, vegetable oils, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, whey powder…

Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

200 calories – 12 grams fat – 15 mg sodium – 21 grams carb – 1 gram fiber – 21 grams sugar – 2 grams protein

Ingredients: Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, whey…

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