Cacao & Hazelnut Spread

Nutella, being chocolate and hazelnut i.e. my two most favourite flavours ever, is one of my weaknesses. I dream about the stuff. Unfortunately, despite marketing itself as a healthy and nutritious breakfast toast topping of choice for children, it really isn’t. I’ve been wanting to make my own ‘healthier’ chocolate and hazelnut spread for a while and when I got my hands on Deliciously Ella’s cookbook, I was excited to see the recipe in there. I’d seen the recipe on her blog before but never got around to making it. Having some time off of work though, meant I finally did get around to making it. Oh wow. It is delicious; it is hard to believe that this is the healthy nutritious version, it is to die for. It’s vegan friendly and gluten free too.

Nutella

On the subject of nutritious and delicious, if you’re looking for a cookbook of ridiculously tasty food that will make your body feel great, look no further; Ella has you covered. Ella uses raw cacao in this recipe, an ingredient I’m using more and more. It is jam packed with minerals and antioxidants, Ella has written a whole post on it, if you’d like some more information. I used raw cacao in my last batch of brownies, its a change you’ll never regret. It might seem slightly pricey but actually it works out much better as you use far less (half the quantity of normal cocoa if substituting). You can find raw cacao in most whole food stores and online.

Ingredients: (Makes 1 large jar)

  • 375 g of hazelnuts
  • 150 ml of maple syrup
  • 150 ml of water
  • 3 tbsp of raw cacao powder

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the hazelnuts on a baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
  4. In a food processor (a blender won’t do it in this case unfortunately), blitz the roasted nuts for about 10 minutes, until they’ve completely broken down to a butter like consistency.
  5. Add the maple syrup and cacao and blend some more, until absolutely and evenly mixed through.
  6. Gently pour in the water, whilst blending, until it is well combined.
  7. Scoop into a jar and try not to eat the whole lot in one go.
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