Nutella is this dangerous, delicious jar of love that taunts me. I luckily didn’t discover this until high school, but quickly began to put it on absolutely everything, bananas, toast, pancakes, strawberries, or just by the spoonful. Then, before you know it, you ate
half the whole jar. It is just so so good. Just avoid the label, when you realize how bad it is for you. Just even one tablespoon is your whole days calorie intake. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the gist.
I wanted something that could be sweet and easy to have around without the extra added sugars. After a lot of time googling, we found a bunch of recipes that made it seem super easy to make your own Nutella. Some added sugar or vanilla, while others added maple syrup and others dates. My brother and I tried all combinations, usually without measuring making it hard to figure out what we did to repeat it.
We have very little appliance or space for new appliances in our kitchen. We use a Ninja blender to make our Nutella. It is most important for chopping the hazelnuts. The nuts tend to stick to the outside of the container and not touch the blade. I recommend using the smallest container you have to prevent you from scrapping the sides down every few seconds. Regardless, you will have to stop and scrape down the sides. The more time you spend making the hazelnuts small the smoother your spread will be.
1 cup hazelnuts
12 cup dates (pitted)
2 tablespoons cocco powder
Chop the hazelnuts first- using a blender or food processor. Then, add the dates and cocco powder! That’s it! Sometimes I add a splash of almond milk to make it a touch smoother!
Hazelnuts can be hard to find. I usually buy them in bulk from Whole Foods. It is the easiest place for me to find them consistently. Also, dates are extremely sweet and calorically dense. Just because they are food for you, doesn’t mean that this recipe is one hundred percent benign. It is different because the sugars are from fruit compared to processed sugars, but everything is important in moderation!
Let me know what you think!