This chocolate hazelnut spread is a great alternative to the oil and processed sugar filled store bought version. Made with unrefined sugar, you can treat yourself without all the unhealthy additions. It’s great spread on fruit, bread, or even in your oatmeal or smoothie.
This Valentine’s Day I decided to give some love to my awesome sister who is always my biggest supporter. Last week she asked me to create a healthy version of her favorite cheat treat, “Nutella.” To start my journey I looked up the actual ingredients in Nutella only to find that although some healthier things are in this spread, the bulk of it is sugar and oil. In fact, doing some backwards math lead me to figure out that 70.9% of the Nutella you buy is comprised of that sugar and oil…yuck. I knew then that I had to make something to take it’s place.
Obviously my homemade version was not going to last months on a grocery store shelf, but I hoped that I could come up with something that would satisfy that chocolate hazelnut craving. After some trial and error, I think I came up with a great option! Using only 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and only unrefined sugar, I love this version and the lack of unhealthy ingredients. It was tested by my mom and great friend Rachel, and both gave it a thumbs up. Because I used no additives or preservatives, it isn’t as smooth as the store bought brand, but its definitely much healthier and your body will love you that much more if you choose this version! Not to mention, I feel way better giving this to my kids, who by the way loved it. Some lucky preschool teachers will be getting a jar in their box of Valentine’s Day goodies!
- Put all ingredients in a food processor, blender or high speed blender and puree until smooth.
- If using a high speed blender this will only take a few minutes. Traditional food processors or blenders will take longer, but eventually the mixture will come out nice and smooth. If you want a thinner mixture, then you can always add more milk.
- You can omit the oil if you aren’t eating oil however the consistency may change.
- I soaked the nuts to make it easier to blend but it isn’t necessary, especially if you have a high speed blender.
- You can also use more dates and omit the sugar or use more sugar and omit the dates. I liked the taste of the combination of the two.
- If you prefer your spread sweeter, you can also add more dates and/or sugar. Also, depending on the type of cocoa you buy the taste may vary.
- Some cocoa is more bitter than others so make sure to taste as you blend and add more sweetener if need be.
More Ways I “Spread the Love” this Valentine’s Day
As an addition to the Valentine’s Day box we gave to the boy’s preschool teachers, I made a version of my Chocolate Turtle Bites but filed the chocolate with walnuts. I also used these adorable heart shaped candy molds for the occasion. They turned out great and made a great addition to the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread!
For our class party, I chose to make a healthier sweet treat. I found these gluten free pretzel hearts and dipped the top half of them in vegan chocolate. Then sprinkled them with Sprinkelz brand sprinkles, which are all naturally colored and sweetened and a great alternative to the normal decorations out there. The kids loved them!