My mom seldom bought Nutella; it was (and still is) quite expensive and not very healthy (beside what they claim in their ads). We only had it when in was on sale and it was a real treat! When I started living by myself and buying what I wanted I often bought a jar; I loved it on my bagels…But soon I found that eating that often made me grumpy and weird…Too much sugar and fat intake, so I stopped buying it and said goodbye to chocolate spread, until I was at my mom and stumble upon a TV show about dessert. Here’s the recipe the guy proposed:
What you need:
- 2 cups of Hazelnuts*
- ½ cup of icing sugar
- ½ cup of cocoa
- 2 table spoon of hazelnut oil (sunflower, canola, even olive oil could work)
- 1 table spoon of vanilla extract
What you do:
- On a cookie sheet, evenly spread hazelnuts and put them in the oven to roast at 400F for about 8 min. Check them often it roast fast!
- Let them cool and take out the shells by scrubbing them together.
- Place them in a robot and crush them for 5 min, until it start to look like butter.
- Add the rest of the ingredient and mix them for as long as it takes for you to like the texture. Some like it more crunchy, some like it more smooth.
- Slice a piece of bread and spread your newly made butter on it.
There are variation of this recipe that contains milk or dried powder milk products to make it more like the store-bought thing but I tend to make the recipe more simple. We tend to use organic ingredients.
* I had a friend make it by replacing the hazelnut by almond for her allergic daughter and they found it very good as well. I guess any kind of nuts would work.
I suggest keeping it in your fridge since they’re no preservative. I usually double the recipe and it last us about a week.
It is SO good on toast, untoasted bread, fruits. It relatively takes no time to make and is so easy to offer in a pretty jar. The kids can help measuring and dumping the ingredients in the robot and will lick the spoon afterwards.