My son loves Nutella, being in a household with an Italian mom with an Italian upbringing doesnt help! We didn't have it daily but it was our special treat!!
The truth however is that it is not that good for you... look at the ingredient: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor.
And since I try to limit as much sugar intake and packaged food as much as possible. This was the obvious answer! When I started making this... I never dreamed it was going to be this easy! There is one very important thing to say here though.... you absolutely cannot make this unless you have a food processor! I have tried with different machines, this is the only one that has worked for me! I personally use Robot Magimix 5200XL. I love it, it does not mean that you have to buy that one, its just a good one that after a long time searching, I find I am very happy with and highly recommend it!
I tried a few different recipes, there are some that tell you to add oil, some add milk, (I want dairy free) some add other sugars, I don't know... this one is easy fast and had 4 ingredients... what more can you ask for, and you can make it in the morning while you are getting read to get kids to school its so easy!
- 150 grams of hazelnuts (very fresh)
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (I use canadian, its yummy and makes my hubby proud!)
- 2 heaping tbsp of pure real cacao powder
In your mixer place your nuts and start mixing till it turns into a paste. I know, you start and it turns into a flour, then with patience you keep letting it run, it turns into a ball of dough... keep going, don't give up now, it is about to release all its oils and become a delicious hazelnut butter!
By the way, if you want to stop here and put this on your toast or crackers or just eat it... i totally understand, but trust me, its worth the wait!
While it is running, add the vanilla, then the cocoa, and then add the maple syrup... blend it all in, add a little syrup if you need it sweeter, and as soon as it mixes together turn the mixer off!
I hope you like this recipe, make a bunch, put it in your refrigerator, and you can have a spoonful, once in a while, when you need that energy burst!!! Or at 3pm when you need something sweet! You can also share it with your friends, they will love you for it!
Try it and let me know what you think below...