Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe - Naturally Gluten Free

I absolutely adore this fantastic Nutella recipe.  The idea was given to me by two of my Australian friends - Haylee Dennis and Natalie Kate.  They are both (esp Haylee!) absolutely nuts about Nutella (sorry for the poor pun) and they indicated this great recipe to me.  This is a fully vegan recipe and is only 35 calories per tablespoon.  Bonus!


I was dubious at first, because I could not imagine how I would manage a smooth consistency, and also I couldn't imagine how all the ingredients would just magically turn into a paste in my food processor, but they certainly did!

Hazelnuts are unusually high in folate, which is a fantastic B complex vitamin which is great for the bloodstream and brain, and is important for expectant mothers to stock up on, because it prevents neural tube defects in unborn babies.

Of course, like almonds, hazelnuts are gluten free, so for celiacs and people with wheat allegies, this recipe stands tall.  Of course I wanted to keep this recipe dairy free too, so as to make it available for my vegan friends, hence the almond milk instead of regular milk.

Here is the video I made of the recipe:-




Ingredients
One cup of skinless hazelnuts (equivalent to just over 100g), half a cup of cacao or cocoa powder, half a cup of almond milk, one quarter cup of sweetener or maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.


Method
Firstly bake the hazelnuts for 10 minutes in an oven at 180 degrees. This gives them a lovely roasted flavour.  Place them in a food processor.  Add all the other ingredients, and process until the mixture is completely smooth. This could take up to 10 minutes, depending on your food processor.

However, I decided to leave my ingredients in the processor for less time so as to have a bumpier, nuttier and crunchier texture, just to try it out.  I actually prefer the recipe this way and I am BIG on food textures at the moment.  It is just so delicious to have to crunch down on this chocolate spread, but that is just my own opinion.

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