Who doesn’t love chocolate and nuts? There are not many out there that don’t have at least some fondness in their being for this perfect marriage of ingredients.
I have been wanting to create an allergy friendly Nutella for sometime….it is SO delicious on SO many things. All my digging around the Internet hit up on the same ingredients over and over again. So why mess with a good thing? All these ingredients are easy to come by, although hazelnuts can get pricey. I found mine at Trader Joe’s, 1 pound for $5.99. I know my kids will be clobbering for more of this divine spread…..the only hard part is showing some restraint! Everyone I have shared this with goes nuts for it ( no pun intended!)…a perfect gift!
NOTE: I attempted to be lazy and decided to forgo the removal of the papery skins on the hazelnuts one time: DON’T DO THIS!! The flavor is still great, but the texture is all wrong…gritty and thick!
Makes about a cup (generous)
- 2 cups hazelnuts
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder (or more if you like intense chocolate flavor and less sweetness)
- ½ cup powdered sugar (Whole Foods and Safeway O Organic brands are corn free), powdered palm sugar or xylitol should work too:whir them in a coffee grinder or high powered blender to achieve a powdery consistency!
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil (or other oil) (depending on the consistency you prefer) The coconut oil will firm up the spread as it cools, other oils will not.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Scatter hazelnuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
- Roast the nuts for about 10 minutes until you can smell them and they are golden brown.
- Place nuts on a dishtowel, fold it over, and rub vigorously to remove the papery skins. Be patient, this can be a pain. If a few skins are left, no biggy, it will still taste delicious!
- Place nuts in a food processor and process for several minutes until the hazelnuts turn creamy.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and blend well, scraping down sides if necessary. I like to run mine through my high powered blender for an extra creamy texture.
- Spoon into an airtight container and store in the fridge to preserve freshness!
- You could also place into small canning jars for a decadent handmade gift!!
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