I decided to make a quick dessert/snack that doesn’t require heat to prepare and it’s still oh so satisfying. I do LOVE Nutella and that is why I don’t buy it. I would eat the whole jar by myself, not to mention that it has a lot of sugar, some dairy and vegetable oil which doesn’t sound so great. I buy my hazelnuts from Trader Joe’s already roasted so I don’t have to roast and peel them which gets a bit messy and tiresome. This spread is delicious with pretzels as a quick snack, spread on fruit, or just eaten from the spoon (guilty!)
Homemade “Nutella” (makes 16 oz)
- 1 lb roasted and unsalted hazelnuts
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 oz milk chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave safe bowl and heat on 40 seconds. Remove from micro and stir gently until all chocolate is melted and smooth.
In a food processor place the hazelnuts and pulse in 10 second intervals until they are finely chopped, about 10 times. Scrape sides of food processor bowl with spatula and process hazelnuts on high for about 5 minutes or until the mixture starts clumping together and oils from hazelnuts help it incorporate.
Turn processor to low and gently start pouring in the chocolate mixture. Process mixture of night again for about a minute longer until spread is mostly smooth and chocolatey.
Using a spatula pour mixture into jars and close lids. You can either place jars in the fridge, or you can leave them in the cupboard. If you decide to place it in the fridge the spread will harden some, if you leave in cupboard it will remain softer. I’ve had mine in the cupboard for over 2 weeks and it’s still perfect.