Wednesday, September 5, 2012 / 37 Comments / back-to-school , Chocolate , Gluten Free , snacks
Homemade "Nutella" Recipe
Irresistible, healthier, homemade nutella recipe that's easy to make dairy-free, vegan, or low-sugar.
Nutella and other brands of chocolate hazelnut spread are traditionally made with, or course, hazelnuts. If the nutella craving strikes and I don't happen to have a bag of hazelnuts on hand, I'll use almonds or other nuts. Although chocolate-hazelnut is my favorite, chocolate-almond butter is delicious too.
My chocolate nut butter progression:
- spends a lot of time in Italy eating Nutella = gains 5 pounds
- goes off Nutella except for special occasion desserts *sad face*
- discovers healthier alternatives, like Justin's Nut Butters *happy face*
- remembers making homemade peanut butter as a kid = light bulb flashes
- throws some almonds and melted chocolate chips in a food processor = delicious!
The kids' favorite way to eat homemade chocolate almond butter: in a triple layer apple sandwich! Just thinly slice an apple crosswise and spread with chocolate almond butter.
My favorite way? Slathered on toasted baguette. What can I say... I love my carbs sometimes. Homemade nutella is also amazing on strawberries, bananas, waffles, or pancakes.
Chocolate Almond Butter recipe
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Easy homemade "Nutella" made healthier. This chocolate almond butter is easy to make vegan, and refined sugar free.
- 1/2 cup semisweet or dark (60% cocoa) chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life for Dairy Free, or Lily's Sweets for vegan and stevia sweetened!)
- 2 1/2 cups whole roasted hazelnuts or almonds
- 1 tablespoon melted virgin coconut oil (optional)
- Place chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between intervals, until chocolate is almost completely smooth and melted. Stopping before chocolate is completely melted ensures chocolate will not burn. Stir chocolate until completely smooth. Set aside.
- Add almonds to the bowl of a food processor. Process until nuts are finely ground. Continue processing until the ground almonds come together and turn into a peanut butter-like consistency, or the nuts clump together in a ball in the processor, about 5 minutes. If the nuts are still powdery, keep processing. Pour melted chocolate over ground almonds and pulse until combined. If the chocolate almond butter is too dry, add the coconut oil and process to combine.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Tags: healthy treats, vegan, homemade nutella, nuts, almond butter