It seems that some of the world believed it. A class action suit was filed against Nutella for its health claims, and reportedly, a $3.05 million settlement was reached. Wow. That is a lot of unhealthiness.
I am not someone who believes that any foods should be off limits. (Well, except Fluff...yuck.) I seriously do believe that a healthy diet is about moderation and balance. Nutella is a delicious treat that can be balanced with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy. Balance. Moderation. And, not believing everything you see in a TV commercial. That is what is healthy.
So...if I grill some fresh pineapple to char some of the sugars and release warm, flavorful sweetness, then top it with a drizzle of melted Nutella and a sprinkle of toasted hazelnuts, is that healthy? Compared to a huge slab of chocolate cake, maybe. It is fruit. Nuts are loaded with essential fats. Nutella is used moderately.
I won't make any healthy claims. Class action suits aren't really my thing. I will just tell you that Grilled Pineapple with Nutella is delicious way that I try to find balance and moderation.
1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
3-4 tablespoons Nutella
1-2 tablespoons whipping cream
2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted
Heat grill. (Gas, charcoal, or just an indoor grill pan...your choice.)
While grill is heating, toast the hazelnuts in a hot, dry pan. Watch carefully and remove from pan immediately (they will continue to toast to a crisp if left in contact with the heated surface).
Grill the pineapples slices over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes per side, just to heat through and create grill marks. (Some recommend brushing the grill with oil, butter, or Pam before grilling the fruit. I don't, and have had good success.)
Meanwhile, combine Nutella with whipping cream and heat in a saucepan or in microwave until smooth. (Don't overheat, as the oils in the nut spread will separate.)
Arrange the pineapple on a platter.
Drizzle with Nutella mixture.
Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.
Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired, but I think it is good just as is. (Serves 4)