I could eat a whole jar of nutella, and I totally have. It was a bad idea, obviously, and I felt bad about it for awhile. This nutella however, does way less damage if you decide to eat all of it with crackers, toast, or a spoon. It tastes just like real nutella (maybe even a little better), but it has a thicker consistency, which is A-ok with me. It makes things way easier when spreading it onto waffles and I don't drip all over and make(as much of) a big gooey, chocolatey mess. Before making this, I had never roasted hazelnuts before, and I'm sure I'm way behind on knowing this, but hazelnuts roasting in the oven is ONE OF THE BEST SMELLS EVER! So far I have put this nut butta' on toast, waffles, pretzels, french fries (yup), pretty much everything unhealthy, and just eaten it with a spoon. I’m always trying to think of anything else it would be delicious on. Cookies, strawberries, and apples all sound amazing and, welp, now I'm hungry bye. Just kidding. Also, you kind of do need a food processor to make this, unless you have an amazing blender, but that route stresses me out honestly. Trying to make my vitamix do things it’s uncomfortable with makes me want to curl up in a fetal position, so I stopped doing that and got this food processor. He's a total champion and life is so much easier now. Phew. Anyway, I hope you like this hazelnut butter!
A yummy hazelnut butter that tastes similar to Nutella, but with a slightly thicker texture.
- 2 cups hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2.5 TB cocoa powder
- 1-3 tsp coconut oil ((melted))
- 1 pinch sea salt
- small handful vegan dark chocolate chips ((optional))
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay hazelnuts out on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, making sure they don’t burn.
- Use a clean kitchen towel to roll the hazelnuts in, to loosen the skins. Rub them together between your palms to get off any extra. It’s okay if there’s still a few with skin.
- Blend hazelnuts in a food processor until they turn into a butter; should happen within a few minutes. Add all ingredients and blend, making sure to stop and scrape the sides and bottom.