Thursday, 21 November 2013

Clean Nutella! Hazelnut and Chocolate Spread

I have just been pondering whether or not I am allowed to use the Nutella brand name in my title, but what the heck… I'm sure it means you all know what I'm talking about, and I doubt the people who make Nutella won't exactly be knocking down my door demanding their brand rights be adhered too!

I was looking in the pantry yesterday and found a bag of hazelnuts which were probably about due to be used. Never one to waste awesome ingredients, I thought of many different ways that I could use them, but settled on making some good old fashioned Nutella! I have never given the girls Nutella, partly because I prefer them to have savory spreads on their toast, and partly because the real thing is full of all sorts of rubbish, loaded with sugar and also has dairy which reacts badly to all of us.

 Gorgeous Roasted Hazelnuts

Smooth, creamy, chocolatey, nutty - yummy!!

Clean Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, free of refined sugar

1 cup whole raw hazelnuts
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp coconut milk

1. Preheat oven to 150C.
2. On a lined baking tray, roast hazelnuts for about 10 minutes until lightly golden
3. Pour hazelnuts into a blender or food processor and blend until it starts to combine and become buttery in texture. Add the cocoa powder, sweetener, coconut oil and coconut milk and blend until a creamy buttery texture is achieved. You may have to stop a few times and scrape the sides of the blender.