This creamy chocolate hazelnut butter may not be Nutella, but it’s so addictive you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful.
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Did you know that chocolate is cheaper than therapy? Yep, I’m still looking for a problem that can’t be solved with chocolate. I’ve saved myself thousands of dollars by indulging in chocolate.
When I lived in Europe, I became addicted to chocolate hazelnut butter (aka Nutella). It seemed on every corner I could get this delicious spread…the bakery shops had pastries filled with chocolate hazelnut butter, crepes were smothered in Nutella, and it was also used like peanut butter slathered on bread.
When I moved back home, I was hard-pressed to find Nutella unless it was in very expensive and then as the years passed, it slowly became a novelty in stores–expensive mind you!
Nutella has milk in it–not good for those who are allergic to milk or vegan. I found out I am severely lactose intolerant and so I needed to find another dairy-free alternative to indulge in this creamy and smooth delicatessan.
Hence, this deliciously smooth and creamy chocolate hazelnut butter without dairy. If it’s not sugar-laden enough, you can add more syrup.
This delicious combination of hazelnuts and chocolate is so addictive you’ll want to eat it by the spoonful! It will solve all of your problems.
- 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons almond milk (or other plant-based milk)
- You can purchase toasted hazelnuts, but if you don't, no worries. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread out hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 5 minutes. Remove and cool. Remove skins by vigorously rubbing between the palms of your hands.
- Add all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender (i.e., Vitamix or Blendtec). Puree until smooth and creamy, You may need to blend several times to get the consistency you desire.
- Spread on your favorite crackers or bread or crepes. So delicious.
Adapted from connoisseurusveg.com