Thursday, January 31, 2013

Homemade Nutella

I remember eating Nutella as a little girl in Holland! (Yes, Dutch people even eat chocolate for breakfast). Now my husband sneaks it into our shopping cart whenever we go to Costco. A friend recently shared this homemade version with me, and my family loves it. I also like that it is made with natural sweetener and can be made with milk alernatives.If you like it sweeter, you can use sugar as the sweetener.

2 cups raw hazelnuts
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 cup milk, rice milk, almond milk or coconut milk

Roast hazelnuts for 10 to 14 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Cool slightly and rub them between your fingers to get the skins off. Process in food processor until butter consistency and no longer grainy. Add remaining ingredients and continue to process until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally. Pour into mason jar and keep refrigerated. Serve on toast or as a dip.

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