Nutella - proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Unfortunately I'm one of those people that a) smells nutella and seems to get fat and b) may or may not have portion control issues with the world's favourite choc-hazelnut spread. And I really can't reconcile the amount of sugar and oil in nutella with my own healthy eating philosphies, so I've spent the greater part of the last few years living a nutella-free existance. Not anymore! Healthy homemade nutella - it's a thing, people! And it's here to make your life better.
I tried to make healthy nutella once before and lets just say it didn't quite go according to plan...instead of some glorious, smooth, creamy spread I ended up with what was essentially nutella flavoured play-dough. Not quite what I was going for...I mean I still ate the whole batch in the space of a few days, but it wasn't quite right.
The answer was in the form of more liquid - coconut cream to be precise. Using coconut cream instead of more coconut oil meant the resulting spread was thick and creamy and unctuous (I've always wanted to use that word) and not too oily. It does have a slight coconuty flavour to it but I think that makes it even more delicious.
I have since used the homemade nutella for spreading on toast, dolloping on oats, a gorgeous frosting for an upcoming blog post (stay tuned folks!) and *maybe* just for eating straight out of the jar...#sorrynotsorry
If you are in need of more nutella in your life - and I'm pretty sure that's everyone - healthy homemade nutella is here to make you happy.
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(makes approx 2 cups)
2 cups hazelnuts, roasted
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/2 cup coconut cream
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
1) Blend the hazelnuts in a food processor until they have become a smooth nut butter.
2) Add remaining ingredients and process until completely combined, scraping down the sides as necessary.
3) Eat - on things, in things, straight from the jar...
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