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  • Liz Hoobchaak

Hazelnut 'Nutella' Spread



Nutella was a staple in my household growing up and I even enjoyed it into my adult life. Hello peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches for breakfast! Yum!


Nutella commercials focus on advertising the spread as a quick and healthy option for breakfast, especially for children. Unfortunately, due to its very high sugar content, added emulsifiers and synthetic vanilla flavor, it is not the best way to start your day.


Here is a much healthier version made with all natural ingredients and sweetened only with dates and honey. It is great as a breakfast spread in crepes, on toast, as a dipping sauce for fruit or even drizzled over ice cream.


Ingredients

1 cup hazelnuts

3 dates

4 oz cocoa butter

1/2 cup hazelnut milk (or nut milk of choice)

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1tbsp cocoa powder* (see note below)

Directions:

  1. Place hazelnuts and dates in a glass bowl. Cover them with boiling water and let soak for 15 minutes.

  2. Melt cocoa butter on the stove on the lowest heat until it is becomes completely liquified.

  3. Drain the hazelnuts and dates and place in a high speed blender with the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. You may add additional nut milk while blending to reach desired consistency.


For those following the SCD diet, cocoa powder is not allowed, so I only use cocoa butter in this recipe. Cocoa butter is the pure fat extracted from the cocoa plant. The dates help to make it a more chocolaty brown color. For those not following this diet, you may add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder for additional chocolate taste and color.

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