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 😉
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 water
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit
- 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.
- Using a tea-towel, roll the nuts in the towel so the skins fall off.
- Put the nuts in the blender or food processor and blend until they are ground down.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it gets to the desired consistency.
- 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.
- But it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And spreads delightfully on toast!
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. 🙂
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 🙂