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Once you try this healthy Nutella chocolate spread, you’ll never want to put your spoon down. Never ever.
Unless, of course, you don’t like Nutella… Is that even possible? Is there a person in this world who can resist that velvety chocolate butter? If it’s true, please send me your spoon. I’ll happily eat your portion of this healthy homemade nutella.
• 2 cups raw hazelnuts (240g)
• 1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup cocoa powder
• 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, xylitol, or unrefined sugar
• Pinch stevia, or 1 tbsp additional sugar
• 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
• Optional: 2 tsp oil for extra smoothness
• 1/2 cup milk of choice
Roast hazelnuts for 6-8 minutes at 400 F. Rub them together in a paper towel to get the skins off. (It’s ok if a few stubborn skins won’t come off.) In a Vita-mix or food processor, blend the nuts until they’ve turned to butter, then add all other ingredients and blend a long time until it’s smooth like Nutella! (I think I blended off-and-on for a full two minutes. It’s extra-creamy in a Vita-mix, but a Cuisinart food processor works as well).
The nutritional info includes the sugar/agave. For a sugar-free healthy Nutella, you can replace all of the sugar with an equal amount of xylitol. Or, you can sweeten with stevia instead. (I haven’t personally tried this recipe using just stevia, so I can’t vouch for the resulting taste if you go that route).
Total Time: 10m Yield: 2 cups
This version is much lower in sugar (or it can even be sugar free!), is suitable for vegans or those with dairy allergies, and it’s high in Vitamin E, B vitamins, and healthy fats! My homemade healthy Nutella also has just half the calories of store-bought Nutella, although I didn’t specifically set out to make a low-calorie homemade Nutella recipe.
It’s just turned out that way!