Healthy homemade Nutella
Healthy homemade nutella! Everyone who has been following me for a while knows that this is my absolute number 1 guilty pleasure, or actually, addiction. Nutella should actually be one of my basic needs, I need it to lead a happy life. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a bit, but it is just so incredibly delicious! Big thanks to the inventor of Nutella. I always have a big jar of it in my cupboard, but I keep that one for my cheat day (at least I try).
Fortunately, I finally found a healthy replacement that I can eat guilt-free! I have to admit, it is still a bit high in calories, but counting calories is not what we want, right? ;) It's full of healthy nutrients and that is what really counts for your body.
This is what you need:
- 1 1/3 cups hazelnuts
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Preheat oven to 374 °F. Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast them until they are fragrant en dark. This takes about 12 to 15 minutes. Stir the nuts halfway through the roasting process. Beware that you don't over-bake the nuts; they must not turn black!
- If you haven't removed the skin from the hazelnuts, remove it after roasting them. Let the nuts cool to room temperature first. Put them in a bowl and put another bowl on top of it. Shake it well so the skins come off.
- Put the hazelnuts without the skin in a food processor and pulse for about 5 minutes until you get a smooth paste. Stir the paste every minute so the nuts can release their oils and become a buttery paste.
- Add the cacao, almond milk, vanilla extract, salt and honey and mix it well until it becomes smooth again. The paste has to become soft and shiny. This will take about 2 minutes.
- The quantities in this recipe are enough for a small jar of 'nutella' of roughly 1/2 a cup. If you keep it in the refrigerator it remains good for a week, for sure!