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Nutella tastes amazing, everyone knows it. Chocolate and hazelnuts are a perfect match, there's no denying. But Nutella is also made with a lot of palm oil (one of the major driver of deforestation of lots of the most biodiverse forests in the world) and that's why I decided to create a healthier but equally delicious homemade nutella that's 100% palm oil-free! To make it you'll need half an hour of time, 6 ingredients and a powerful blender. Let's make it!
All you need are 6 ingredients: hazelnuts, dark chocolate, coconut oil, cacao powder and salt.
For this recipe you need to use dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. This will make the nutella extra chocolaty and delish! You can go higher with the cacao percentage if you want to, just bare in mind: The higher the cacao percentage the less sweet the nutella will turn out.
Refined Coconut Oil
There are two major reasons why we use refined coconut oil in this recipe. The first one is that refined coconut oil doesn't taste nor smell like coconut. So it won't change the flavor of the nutella. The second one is that coconut oil stabilizes the chocolate spread making it super creamy and silky.
Powdered sugar is the sweetener you need for this recipe and it's not replaceable with granulated sugar. That's because granulated sugar doesn't melt perfectly and will result in a grainy nutella (been there, done that). Other sweeteners will change either the consistency or the flavor so... just stick to sugar for this one. It really pays off.
To make the nutella you'll need a powerful high-speed blender. If you don't have one, use hazelnut butter instead of hazelnuts and skip the coconut oil. This won't affect the taste of your chocolate spread, trust me!
Roasting the hazelnuts makes them taste heavenly, improves the flavor, it's intensity and aroma. So don't skip this step or you'll miss the typical hazelnut-taste of the traditional nutella.
Peeling the hazelnuts is necessary because the skin is bitter. To do so, you just need to toast the nuts in the oven for 10 minutes, then you wrap the nuts in a clean kitchen cloth and rub them against each other. The hazelnuts should come out more or less peeled (they don't have to be perfectly peeled, just try to get rid of as much skin as possible).
This is how they should look like once peeled:
Hazelnut butter is crucial for the texture of the nutella. To make it, we blend the hazelnuts into a high-speed blender until creamy. Then we add the melted coconut oil and blend until the hazelnut butter is perfectly smooth. If the butter is smooth and creamy so will be the nutella. So take your time and let the butter blend until no tiny pieces of hazelnuts are visible. Once the butter looks shiny, creamy and smooth (like the one in the image below) you know you are ready to go to the next step.
Once the hazelnut butter is smooth, we can add the rest of the ingredients and blend. That's it foodies, once all the ingredients are combined the homemade nutella is ready! Get your croissants ready and enjoy it!
How To Store The Homemade Nutella
This homemade Nutella can be stored for up to 3-4 weeks at room temperature in an airtight jar with the lid tightly closed. Do not put it in the fridge or it will firm up.
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If You Try This Recipe...
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