Today is a great day because I have a Healthy Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut “Nutella” Spread recipe for you to enjoy.
Believe me…I’ve eaten my share of Nutella back in the day. And everyone else’s share as well!
Once I started paying attention to food labels and ingredients, I realized it was basically nothing but refined sugar and palm oil with soy lecithin and empty calories with no nutrition at all, so I decided I needed to make a clean version.
Here’s the ingredient list for the original Nutella Hazelnut Spread:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Nutella Hazelnut Spread Ingredients:
Ingredients: Sugar, Palm Oil, Hazelnuts, Cocoa, Skim Milk, Reduced Minerals Whey (Milk) Lecithin as Emulsifier (Soy), Vanillin: An Artificial Flavor
The first ingredient listed is sugar and the second is palm oil, which means it is 70% saturated fat and 55% processed sugar by weight. And it’s not vegan.
This healthier version is made with clean ingredients and is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Pomegranate and Dried Blueberry Chocolate Bark, Vanilla Maple Cashew Butter or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Hazelnuts:
- one cup contains 86% RDA of vitamin E
- rich in heart healthy unsaturated fats
- super high in B vitamins (B1, B3, B5, B6 and B9)
- one ounce has 2.7 g of dietary fiber
- one serving has 90% RDA of manganese and 65% RDA of copper
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in anti-oxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- improves metabolism and prevents fatigue
- improves cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 tablespoon contains 2 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: Make sure you process the mixture long enough for it to become very smooth and creamy. It will still taste good if it’s a little “grainy”, but will have a texture more like Nutella if you process it long enough to get smooth.
Tip #2: You can use between 1 and 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, depending on how sweet you’d like it. I find that using 1 cup gives it a mild sweetness and using 1 1/2 cups make it more sweet and more similar to the real Nutella (which in my opinion is a little too sweet).
Healthy Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut "Nutella" Spread
Yield 2 cups
Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Paleo-Friendly / No Refined Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add the hazelnuts to a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12-15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them so they don't over cook (they will burn if you leave them in too long).
- Remove from oven and allow the hazelnuts to completely cool.
- Using your fingers, peel off as much of the skins of the hazelnuts as you can (you don't have to get them all perfect).
- Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and process until they turn into hazelnut butter. This will take approximately 5-7 minutes as the hazelnuts turn from nuts, to nut flour and then to nut butter. Stop and scrape the side every couple of minutes to help it along.
- While the hazelnuts are in the food processor, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a small sauce pan and melt them on low heat, stirring the entire time so it doesn't burn. Set aside until the hazelnuts are ready.
- Once the hazelnut butter is smooth and creamy, add the melted chocolate chips, vanilla bean powder and Himalayan pink salt. Continue to process until everything is well blended and the mixture is smooth and creamy (not grainy).
- Store in an air tight BPA-free container.
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