Healthy Hazelnut Spread

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t love Nutella – the rich, chocolate, hazelnut spread was delectable on toast or alone on a teaspoon actually.

Now you’re grown up, Nutella is still delicious, but you’ve probably learnt that those ads proclaiming the health benefits of this breakfast treat is not all truth.

Nut butters are all the rage at the moment because they’re easy to make and incredibly delicious, not to mention versatile. You can use that shit on anything! It literally takes a whir of the food processor, and in about 10 minutes, you’ve got a tasty condiment ready for all your dipping, spreading or spooning needs. Nuts are also full of good fats, and if you’re making nut butter yourself, you can be sure that all those other added nasties aren’t involved in the process.

This homemade hazelnut spread is my version of Nutella. Rich tasting chocolate goodness with a hint of sweetness can’t really go wrong, plus you can have a larger serving, because it’s all good for you!

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Healthy Hazelnut Spread
Makes 1 ½ cups

2 cups raw hazelnuts
1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tsp brown sugar or honey, regular sugar, artificial sweetener
1 tbsp chocolate soymilk
1 tbsp coconut oil

Preheat oven to 180°C. Spread hazelnuts out on a baking paper-lined tray and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Allow nuts to cool and then using a tea towel, or just your hands, rub off the skins. If you can’t get them all off, it’s no problem at all.
In a food processor or high-powered blender, blend hazelnuts until they form a paste. This should take approximately 10 minutes or so, and the nuts will become a crumble initially, however, persist! Soon it will become the consistency you desire. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste, brown sugar, chocolate soy milk and coconut oil and blend to combine. Sometimes a completely smooth consistency can only be achieved with a high-powered blender, just a heads up.
Transfer into a jar and store in the fridge. The nutella will keep for up to two weeks!

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Use this spread on toast, as a dip for fruits or just spoon feed yourself.

 

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