All you need is a good food processor, hazelnuts, chocolate, maple syrup and few other ingredients to be able to say “I make my own healthy Nutella!!!”
Well I don’t know here in Ireland, but in Italy Nutella has always been a big presence in a child’s life (and lately also in adult’s).
Collecting Nutella’s glasses with Disney (or not) characters printed on was very common.
I think it is very hard to find an Italian family with kids that doesn’t have one of those themed glasses that used to contain the delicious spreadable cream!
I remember me and my friends saying that no imitation was good enough…well the homemade vegan Nutella recipe that I am going to give you is well worth to be called a great substitute!
Actually it is better!!!
The amazing thing is that you know what’s inside and you know that is good stuff.
My kids love it and that is such a great thing because with our new diet there are inevitably things that they miss and that they ask for, and Nutella was one of them.
I have been making it since January when I got a very powerful food processor as a present from my sister.
The recipe originally is called Veghella con Bimby and comes from an Italian blog meant for Thermomix Kitchen machine.
I have re-adapted it for food processors and replaced sugar with maple syrup.
- 110g shelled hazelnuts
- 45 g maple syrup
- 17 g cacao
- 30 g dark chocolate min 75 % cacao
- 70 g water
- 10 g oil (you should know by now that mine is extra virgin olive oil: the first time I was a bit worried that the flavour could result too strong but you can’t detect it!)
Heat the oven at 170°.
Place the hazelnuts in a baking tin and when the oven is warm roast them for 8 minutes.
At this point if you don’t like the skin you can place the nuts in a clean and possibly odorless (no softener smell!!!) cloth and rub them a bit to easily remove it. Otherwise leave the skin on!
Place them in a food processor with the oil and reduce them into a paste.
Depending on the food processor this step will take longer or shorter time. If you see that after 5 minutes they are not ready let the machine rest so that the motor can cool down and then start again.
Do this until you reach the right consistency and you will have achieved your own hazelnut butter!
Add cacao, water and maple syrup and process them together.
Melt 30g dark chocolate in the microwave for 2 mins and then stir it with a teaspoon until totally melted or in a pot placed on top of another pot with boiling water (Bain Marie).
Add the chocolate to the rest of the ingredients and mix them together again with the food processor.
Place it in a jar.
Enjoy this smooth spreadable cream on fresh bread or rice cakes or, I shouldn’t say it, as it is!!!
I usually double the dose because it doesn’t last much it’s too good!
I keep it in the fridge!0