What? Yeah, you read that right. I said healthy Nutella. It’s no secret that Nutella was sent by God himself for us to enjoy here on Earth. I mean how could it not be? Chocolate, sugar and hazelnuts all combined together in a creamy spreadable mixture.
One thing that makes Nutella so good is the 21 grams of sugar that’s in it. Ouch, I’m sorry if I just broke your heart. Don’t you worry your pretty little mind, I have a solution for you.
Enter this version of healthy, homemade Nutella. It is vegan, gluten-free, dairy free and refined sugar-free. The hazelnuts are oh so roasty and toasty. The addition of honey adds a subtle sweetness without making it too dessert-y. Roasting the hazelnuts in the oven before blending really makes for a creamy, rich and spreadable nut butter. And it is healthy enough to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or straight out of the jar.
2 cups roasted Hazelnuts
2 tbsp cacao powder
1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roast hazelnuts on a baking sheet for 8-10 min to get the natural oils heated and make it easier to blend.
Peel off most of the hazelnut skins, which will make a creamier Nutella.
Add hazelnuts to a food processor or blender.
Blend until a creamy butter is formed. This may take 8-10 minutes depending on how powerful your blender is.
Add in cacao powder, vanilla extract, honey and salt and blend until combined.
You may need to add more sweetener (honey or maple syrup) depending on how sweet you like it.
Pour into a jar and enjoy on toast, oatmeal, cookies… straight off a spoon?