Nom Nom Nutella Recipe You Will Not Resist (Vegan, Healthy, Gluten Free)

If you’ve been here for a while, you’ll know that along with all other stuff that’s bad for my body, for the environment, and for other living beings, I gave up refined sugar as well.

One of the main reasons I did it was the fact that I was addicted to it. Literally.

And I mean ‘having a meltdown if I don’t eat chocolate NOW’ addicted.

Bad stuff, I know….

And to be honest, a lot of good has come out of this, because I’ve discovered the beauty, deliciousness and amazingly healthy qualities of homemade sugar free vegan desserts! As all sugar and sweet addicts, I had a few things that I was absolutely crazy about, and you won’t be surprised one of them was Nutella!

While Nutella provides very little in the way of good nutrition (not much protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals – the nutrients we are lacking) this homemade sugar-free version is not just vegan, it’s ridiculously healthy, too, as it’s made of real hazlenuts!

The hazelnut is a popular delicacy since ancient times. Greeks and Romans ate them because of their incredible flavor. Even then, the kernel, the bark and leaves were used to treat various diseases.

The use of hazelnuts has been testified by Chinese manuscripts from ancient times. Back then the Chinese have regarded these nuts as a valuable crop. People believed that these nuts bring not only health, but also protect from lightning, evil eye, evil spirits, snakes and mice. The hazelnut was seen as a symbol of peace and health and a source of wealth and power.

The hazelnut is the fruit of the tree hazel. Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid, and essential fatty acids – linoleic acid, which helps to lower bad cholesterol levels and thus favoring the increase of good cholesterol.

Hazelnuts are abundant in fiber, vitamins, such as vitamin E and minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. This makes them incredibly healthy, as they reinforce the immune system during the season of colds and viruses. They also have a positive impact on blood lipids, thereby protecting against cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer.

So, here is the (slightly adjusted) recipe, accompanied by step-by-step instructions for a healthy guilt-free “Nutella” indulgence!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Yields about 1,1 lb (500 g) of delicious homemade Nutella.

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).

2. Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.

3. Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for about 12 minutes, until they get slightly  brown and the skins are blistered a little.

Healthy Homemade Nutella (sugarless and vegan)

4. Wrap them in a kitchen towel and rub vigorously to remove as much loose skin as possible. Some skin will cling to the nuts but that is ok. Let cool completely and put in a food processor.

Healthy Homemade Nutella (sugarless and vegan)

5. Blend the hazelnuts until they form nut butter.

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6. Now add all the other ingredients and only half of the required milk.

Healthy Homemade Nutella (sugarless and vegan)

7. Blend again. If you like the consistency, leave it like that, if not just pour the rest of the milk.

Healthy Homemade Nutella (sugarless and vegan)

And voilà! You have a rich nutty, chocolatey treat that is also healthy!

Healthy Homemade Nutella (sugarless and vegan)

Does this taste like real Nutella to you? Tell me in the comments below, because I think it’s actually MUCH better!

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