Healthy Nutella (Hazelnut Chocolate Spread)

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Nutella has always been my great love. I used to get a bottle and just eat straight out of it and won’t stop until I finish the entire thing. Erm, bad idea! I was just so out of control like that. It’s been a while since I really enjoyed anything so rich and sweet, and this is one of the greatest things I have invited, so that I would feel much happier eating this, knowing it’s not unhealthy (unless I eat too much).

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I will say that date paste is probably better than dates for this, especially if you’re only making a small batch. Sometimes, dates don’t fully get blended and they kind of split all over the place, leaving bits and pieces everywhere, and the whole thing isn’t nearly as sweet as it should be. That’s why I made some date paste first, which is really easy – all you do is blend a big lot of medjool dates!

Anyway, the most important thing here is that you don’t add the almond milk until the very end, because it seems like almond milk interferes the hazelnuts from properly dissolving. If you grind the nuts without almond milk, they release a little more oil, and dissolve much better than if you just add everything together. So be sure that you follow the exact instructions!

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Healthy Nutella (Hazelnut Chocolate Spread)

1 cup roasted unsalted hazelnuts
1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon date paste (grind pitted medjool dates until it becomes a paste)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
A sprinkle of Himalayan/Sea Salt
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Note: You can either grind up a packet of medjool dates until it forms a paste and add the amount or try for about 4 medjool dates and see how you like the sweetness. Though the problem with using dates is sometimes it doesn’t get blended, so you get chunks that are sweeter than others)

It’s very important that you follow the exact order of events, otherwise the nutella won’t taste as good.

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Add the hazelnuts, cacao powder, olive oil, date paste (or dates), pure vanilla extract and salt in the blender. Do not add the almond milk yet! Blend on full speed. At first, you will see that it’s crumbly, but if you continue blending, it will be sticky and clump together. At this point, the longer you blend, the better it is. Once you see that the mixture is very sticky and smooth, add two tablespoons of almond milk at a time and blend until it’s completely smooth.

You may like to add more/less date paste, depending on the level of sweetness you want. Try experimenting. For me, a tablespoon was enough.

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Healthy Nutella (Hazelnut Chocolate Spread)
Serves: 10
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon date paste (grind pitted medjool dates until it becomes a paste)
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • A sprinkle of Himalayan/Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions
  1. Note: You can either grind up a packet of medjool dates until it forms a paste and add the amount or try for about 4 medjool dates and see how you like the sweetness. Though the problem with using dates is sometimes it doesn’t get blended, so you get chunks that are sweeter than others)
  2. It’s very important that you follow the exact order of events, otherwise the nutella won’t taste as good.
  3. Add the hazelnuts, cacao powder, olive oil, date paste (or dates), pure vanilla extract and salt in the blender. Do not add the almond milk yet! Blend on full speed. At first, you will see that it’s crumbly, but if you continue blending, it will be sticky and clump together. At this point, the longer you blend, the better it is. Once you see that the mixture is very sticky and smooth, add two tablespoons of almond milk at a time and blend until it’s completely smooth.
  4. You may like to add more/less date paste, depending on the level of sweetness you want. Try experimenting. For me, a tablespoon was enough.

 

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