HASTY TASTY HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE SPREAD

I love Nutella®, but it has refined sugar, a no-no for me.  So I searched both books and online sources for a homemade version of chocolate hazelnut spread. None suited me, but one came close: Skinny Ms. “Skinny Nutella Spread – The Healthier Version.” I experimented with that recipe but soon went my own way.

This is my version of Hazelnut Chocolate Spread. My recipe uses the Vitamix. If you don’t have a Vitamix, you will need both a blender and a food processor. Read all the directions before you try making it. It looks complicated, but it really isn’t. Complicated recipes don’t qualify as “Hasty Tasty” meals. 😉  

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Ingredients

RECIPE

Hasty Tasty Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Makes 2 cups

©2014 Cheryl Norman

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound hazelnuts, roasted and skinned*
  • ½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa Powder (I used Special Dark because I prefer bittersweet chocolate)
  • ¼ cup raw honey (select a light, mild tasting honey)
  • 1 packet pure Stevia extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk will work)
  • ¼ tsp. Kosher or other pure salt

Directions:

  1. *Spread hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet (Hint: I roast one pound then freeze half for later) and place in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 minutes.
  2. While hazelnuts roast, combine cocoa, honey, almond milk, salt, and stevia in the container of the Vitamix (or your blender). Blend until thoroughly mixed. Pour cocoa mixture into a microwave safe bowl or pitcher and cover with a wet paper towel.
  3. Microwave the cocoa mixture in one minute increments, stirring after each minute, until mixture is hot (This takes about two minutes in a 1000 watt oven).100_1059
  4. *Remove roasted hazelnuts from the oven and allow to cool. Place them on a clean kitchen towel, fold it over onto the hazelnuts, and rub to remove the skins. They should slip off easily.
  5. Take one cup (1/2 pound) of the cooled hazelnuts and place in the container of your Vitamix (or food processor). Turn it on Variable Speed 1, gradually increasing to 10 then High Speed. Process for thirty seconds to one minute or until the nuts become butter (You may need to stop once and use a spatula to scrape the nut mixture from the sides). Note: This step takes about 5 minutes in a food processor.
  6. Carefully pour the heated cocoa mixture into the Vitamix container with the hazelnut butter. Process on Variable Speed 5 for about five seconds or until well blended.
  7. Pour into glass jars

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To be on the safe side, store your spread in the refrigerator. My recipe contains no additives to make it shelf-stable. Once you make this, you can add your own touches. If it’s not sweet enough, try adding additional stevia extract or sweeteners of your choice.

One final word: Don’t make  hazelnut chocolate spread to save money. Homemade is better, but quality ingredients carry a higher price tag. I ordered organic hazelnuts and shopped for local honey. I doubt I saved a penny over Nutella® from the supermarket, but I love having total control over my ingredients. Enjoy!

8 Comments

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8 responses to “HASTY TASTY HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE SPREAD

  1. I’m not keen on chocolate spreads, but it’s nice to know there’s a healthy alternative.

  2. You say to roast 1/2 pound of nuts, then to use 1 cup. Are they the same amount, or are you “stuck” with leftover roasted hazelnuts? I LOVE hazelnuts, so not a problem for me.

    • I roast twice as much as I need for one recipe then keep them in the refrigerator for the next batch. That way, I roast only every other batch. It’s not necessary that you roast a half pound–just easier (to me).

    • I thought I said roast a pound, then use half a pound and save the other half. Let me review and revise if necessary. Sorry to confuse you! It’s just if I’m going to light the oven, I make a double batch.

  3. Yes, you did in the notes. I buy 5 pounds at a time, freeze them raw in 1 pound packs, and roast them in my toaster oven. Just plain roasted hazelnuts are one of my favorite snacks.

    • Mine, too. When I was a little girl, my dad would crack them for me and we ate them raw. He called them filberts. I’ll eat them raw, roasted, with chocolate, without. Just love them!

  4. Reblogged this on HASTY TASTY MEALS KITCHEN and commented:

    By request, here is the recipe for my hazelnut chocolate spread (AKA Nutella Knock-off)

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