Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)

June 6, 2016

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)


I know it’s a terrible idea to post a recipe for homemade Nutella right now. It’s June. You’re getting in a bikini/swim trunks in a couple of weeks and I know for a fact that all you’re focusing on is getting beach-ready.
You’re probably all about salads, smoothies, and juices. Yet here I am, presenting you with a luscious Chocolate Hazelnut Spread.
But you see this Chocolate Hazelnut Spread is made with only good-for-you ingredients and it’s so delicious it will make you feel better instantly.
And since it’s a known fact (or at least I like to believe it so) that happiness is one of the biggest factors in feeling and looking great you can understand why it totally makes sense to post a recipe for homemade Nutella right now.
Not to mention that it’s not like you have to eat more than a spoonful. It’s possible — though difficult — to exercise some self-control around chocolate and hazelnuts. Trust me.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)


There are many recipes for homemade Nutella. Some begin with caramel, some use honey, others rely on sweetened condensed milk; but one in particular caught my eye in which ground nuts are mixed with just cocoa, milk, sugar, and oil — more or less the ingredient list of jarred-trademark-protected Nutella.
Basically you roast the hazelnuts and then liquify them in a food processor. Yes liquefy, I’m not using this word randomly. If you keep grinding hazelnuts beyond the buttery paste they’ll dissolve and become liquid — splashing up the sides of your food processor.
All you have to do is add cocoa, sugar, salt, and some coconut oil to smooth it out and voilĂ : homemade Nutella.

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)


Needless to say it, you can add more sugar if you want it sweeter, sub the coconut oil with another fat (such as peanut oil) if you’re not fond of that coconut aftertaste (that I personally find to-die-for), add some toasted almonds in the mix for a more grown-up version. Do play around, you won’t regret it!

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)                                                                 Print this recipe!
Adapted from my very own recipe

Ingredients
Makes about 2 cups

2 cups raw hazelnuts
½ cup cocoa powder (I used Healthworks)
3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 cup milk of your choice (I used almond)
½ cup granulated sweetener of your choice (I used coconut sugar)
¼ teaspoon fine grain salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Spread hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
Remove from the oven and let cool for a couple of minutes.
Pour them in a clean kitchen towel, close into a bundle and give an energetic massage, this will (partially) skin the hazelnuts.
Transfer hazelnuts to a food processor and process for about 5 to 6 minutes. First they’ll become a paste and then they’ll liquefy. Scrape down the sides as needed.
Add all other ingredients and process until nice and smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Stop the food processor a couple of times and scrape the side with a spatula. It is also a good idea to give your food processor a break every now and then.
Taste for sweetness and adjust to your liking.
Transfer to a mason glass jar (or other airtight container) and keep in the fridge.

Nutrition facts

1 tablespoon yields 76 calories, 7 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein.

13 comments:

  1. This looks ridiculously amazing! Downright dangerous. I can't wait to try it!!

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  2. I've been meaning to make my own nutella forever! And I love that this version is vegan :) Yum!

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  3. Hi Mike, making your version this week-end, looks amazing!!!!!

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  4. I try not to keep nutella at home because as you mentioned, it's quite hard to limit yourself with one spoon at once:) So if you ever send me some beautiful homemade nutella, that should be a little jar, ok Mike?:)

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    1. No Ben, you can have a huge jar of this Nutella, it's guilt-free!

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  5. OMG, Mike! Just marry me already!

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  6. I love Nutella and I'm going to make this in my new Vitamix.

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  7. This might spell trouble for me... not sharing. :)

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  8. I make this then put half of it into a sealed jar, the other half I leave in the food processor then add four previously frozen banana pieces to it and blend again, and voila , Nutella ice cream ! Add some chopped hazelnuts and even some homemade chocolate sauce and it's an amazing and healthier desert!

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