Hi folks. Hope all is well. All is well with me anyway, because………….I got a new blender! Woooooooo!! The excitement dial of my life just turned up one degree 🙂

Haha but no seriously I could not wait to start getting a bit more elaborate in the kitchen. One of the first things I decided to make was chocolate spread! AKA Nutella! AKA heaven in a jar! Except that I saw this image of the actual ingredients of Nutella layered in the actual Nutella jar in the proportions that they would be in, and it’s quite horrifying:


Mingin don’t you think?






Thank God I stopped eating dairy a long time ago which meant I had to abstain from Nutella. But I did a bit of investigating recently and stumbled upon The Blender Girl. It’s a delightfully simple and straightforward recipe for vegan nutella. I changed the recipe around very slightly so I’ll put my own recipe down below and hers is linked just above.

My housemate —who is a normal Nutella fiend— tried my homemade Nutella and said that “It actually tastes like real nutella!! (maybe a wee bit more bitter…)”

Hah! Result! It is supposed to be more bitter because there is no dairy or sugar in it, but it’s a healthy bitter, definitely not as bitter as dark chocolate though. It’s perfectly balanced. If I do say so myself 😉IMG_9331-001

Prep/Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: The amount in the jar pictured! (sorry I don’t have weighing scales)

You will need: 

  • 1 cup of hazelnut (like a tea-cup not a mug)
  • 3.5 tbsp cocoa powder (raw cacao powder could be used here I’m sure…)
  • 4 tbsp date syrup (or maple syrup if that’s what you have)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • Some waterIMG_9250-001


IMG_9254-001 IMG_9255-001 IMG_9256-001 IMG_9265-001Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit
  2. Roast nuts in the oven for about 8-10 minutes until they start to darken and become fragrant. Try not to burn them! Allow them to cool.
  3. Using a tea-towel, roll the nuts in the towel so the skins fall off.
  4. Put the nuts in the blender or food processor and blend until they are ground down.
  5. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it gets to the desired consistency.
  6. You will probably need to add in water if it’s too dry. Just add in a tbsp at a time in through the hole at the top of the blender. You will be able to see the consistency changing and judge how wet you want it. I only added in a bit of water and my end result was quite thick.
  7. But it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And spreads delightfully on toast!

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PS. I enjoyed my vegan nutella with vegan and gluten free crepes. They were fabulous and I hope to have a recipe up soon. When I do I will share it far and wide and edit this post to link to it. 🙂

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Folks I hope yous enjoy this recipe! It’s absolutely delicious and so healthy compared to the shop bought crap. Let me know how you get on making it 🙂


Amy xx


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