Nutella is so satisfyingly simple to make at home and it doesn’t take long – 20 minutes or so. After you’ve made it once you’ll wonder why you ever bought it! Plus, it tastes so much better when you made it yourself.
I just love getting as close as possible to the earth when I cook. Just peeling my own hazelnuts feels great. We often are so disconnected from our food. The chocolate I used grew in cocoa pods in Ghana, someone picked them, dried the beans, roasted them, using specialized machinery turned them into chocolate and then it was shipped to the UK. If we haven’t grown the food ourselves just take a moment to think about where it came from and who/what worked hard to get it on the supermarket shelves. I use bee pollen on my breakfast every day (its a superfood) and one day I realised that it takes a bee an entire lifetime to collect the amount of pollen I’m sprinkling on my porridge! Mindful eating is important, it makes us grateful and less wasteful.
This can be made vegan by using a vegan dark chocolate and you can add your own little twists … how about chilli nutella, coffee nutella or raspberry nutella?? I’m going to add Malted Barley next time for a Malteaser type taste.
It’s also not that unhealthy depending on the type of chocolate you add. Yes it is fatty and sweet but at least those fats are unsaturated and you have a big dose of magnesium, calcium and vitamins A and E. If you’re looking for a sweet snack this packs in some protein too keeping you fuller for longer.
- 3 Cups Hazelnuts
- 50g Dark Chocolate (or a little more to taste)
- (Optional – 1/2 Cup Coconut Cream)
- Place the hazelnuts on a tray in the oven at 180 C
- Bake for 5-10 minutes until dark brown and the skins are cracking
- Remove from the oven and while they are still warm use a tea towel to rub them to remove their skins, you’ll need to use your fingers too to make sure most of the bitter skin is removed
- Place straight into a blender with the chocolate and blend until smooth, you’ll need to scrape the nuts off the sides and if it’s still not silky enough try adding a tiny bit of coconut oil
- Add the coconut cream (if you fancy it!) and blend once more, it gives it a creamy flavour and a slightly lighter texture
- Voila! Nutella! You may like it a little sweeter (try maple syrup or icing sugar), chocolatey or coconutty so just add what you like!