Friday, December 14, 2012

Homemade Nutella

Nutella seems to be all the rage these days. But despite the nutritional claims on the commercials that Nutella is HEALTHY (I'm sorry, excuse me while I roll my eyes out of my socket), if anyone bothered to read the facts on the back they would see that it's no better than spreadable candy. Hazelnut chocolate spread sounds amazing to me, but I want a version that isn't chock full of sugar, oil and artificial vanilla. My version is simple: hazelnuts, cocoa powder, a little coconut oil and maple syrup sweetened to taste. All you need is a food processor or high powered blender and you've got yourself a treat to spread on whatever you want!

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Homemade Nutella
2 cups roasted hazelnuts
3 tbl cocoa powder
2 tbl coconut oil
2-4 tbl maple syrup

Blend the hazelnuts in a food processor for 5 minutes until the nuts have come together to a paste. Add the cocoa powder and oil and blend 3 minutes more. From here, add maple syrup to your preferred level of sweetness and blend to combine. I added 2 tbl and it is a little more bitter than sweet, but that is the way I like!

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