Nutella has got to be one of the most popular chocolate spreads to date. They claim to be 'good' with pure ingredients. Unfortunately, that is honestly far from the truth. Nutella's first ingredient is very bad for yourself and children; sugar! Sugar unrefined is the number one cause of children being obese; always use pure ingredients, like coconut sugar, raw agave or raw honey (always organic). Second ingredient makes me laugh super hard...vegetable oil is soy bean oil, they just call it vegetable oil to make you think 'oh it has vegetables'. A great alternative to vegetable oil is always coconut oil; unless you are allergic then avocado oil is my secondary go to. The list of ingredients just gets work; Skim Milk Powder, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin) and Flavoring (Vanillin), these ingredients could not be further from 'natural' or healthy for you. But, with my homemade Nutella, you not only get pure organic ingredients, but this spread is actually good for you. Cacao powder has antioxidants and also contains an abundance amount of magnesium and iron (hello! why would you not use this instead of Hersey's?!) I could go on forever about the benefits of making your own Nutella, but I will just let you make it, and be blown away; you will never go back to store bought.
2 Cups Organic Raw Hazelnuts
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Cacao powder
4 tbsp Organic Raw Agave
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 - 1 Cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted
Roast hazelnuts on 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes; this loosens the skins to shake off
Place the hazelnuts into a container that can close, shake them until the skins start to fall off
Some skins may not come off completely, that is fine... honestly! Add to your blender or food processor (I have mine in my Vitamix!)
After 2 minutes...
6 minutes, you can see it begin to look like "dough"
Add in cocoa powder
Agave, oil, vanilla, and salt (salt is up too you!) blend until smooth! Remember, the more sweetener you add the thicker the butter will be (so you may need more oil). The oil will settle on top, that is fine. Just close in mason jar and put in cool place upside down.
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