Healthy Gourmet Nutella

Healthy Nutella – Gourmet Chocolate Spread with Roasted Hazelnuts

I love Nutella. Except that I don’t.

Super confusing. The thing is I think whoever got the idea of combining hazelnuts and chocolate was a genius. A prodigy. The Einstein of Food. Those two flavours complete each other like strawberries & chocolate, balsamic & tomatoes, caramel & sea salt and goat cheese & honey.

So when people talk about Nutella truffles, Nutella muffins and Nutella grilled toast I am all like “ooh, YES PLEASE let’s make that RIGHT NOW!” But then I remember – I don’t like Nutella. At least not Nutella-Nutella.

Healthy Gourmet Nutella

“Why?” I ask myself. It’s simply too sweet. I know I sound like a health fanatic, but that’s the truth. The sugar taste overrule the hazelnut and most importantly the chocolate flavour. So I always make mine myself. It’s easy, even more delicious, and you can eat it by the spoon.

Healthy Gourmet Nutella

Healthy Nutella - Gourmet Chocolate Spread with Roasted Hazelnuts
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (120g. / 180mL) hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup (60mL) almonds

  • 2 tbsp. light sesame oil (or other taste neutral oil*)

  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder

  • 1 medjool date (or two small very soft dates)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200°C / 390ªF
  • Place the hazelnuts and almonds on a baking sheet with baking paper and roast them in the oven for approx. 5 minutes or until they start to smell nice.
  • Rub off the skin from the hazelnuts (I recommend doing this between two paper towels.
  • Place the nuts in a food processor and blend until hey turn into butter. If you – like me – have a weak food processor this can take up to ten minutes.
  • Once smooth add in the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine.
  • Store in a mason jar in the fridge.

Notes

* It is important you use light sesame oil here, since dark has a very distinctive sesame flavour. Use oils such as sunflower seed oil, peanut oil or melted coconut oil. Or olive oil if you like the taste of olive oil and chocolate, which can indeed be an excellent combination.
Healthy Gourmet Nutella

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