I thought since its the school holidays here I would make a bit of a treat for the boys breakfasts this morning. They are big Peanut Butter fans so I thought I would try something a bit different…Hazelnut Butter!
This is more of a Method rather than a Recipe as there is only 1 ingredient!
Firstly you need to Roast your Hazelnuts to get the oils going, put 1 Cup of Hazelnuts into a roasting dish and pop in the oven for 10 minutes at 160°c – give them a couple of shakes to ensure they don’t burn.
After 10 minutes out of the oven they come, pop them onto a clean tea towel and rub to remove the Hazelnut Skins – they should just crumble away easily. Next tip them into a mini chopper or food processor and blitz! At this point it will look as though all you have made is Hazelnut Meal but persevere. If you keep blitzing you will start to see that the oils have been released and its starting to meld together. Now you will know you’re on the right track, keep going until it looks like a Nut Butter and its as smooth or crunchy as you like. Pour into a sterilised jar unless it gets devoured first! This went down a treat with Mr 7!
Now if you want to go to the next level and make a spread similar to Nutella, all you will need is
Sugar, Modified Palm Oil, Hazelnuts, Cocoa, Skim Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Lecithin, Vanillin.
1 Cup Hazelnuts
1 Tbsp Cacao or Dark Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp Local Organic Honey
1 Tbsp Milk, either a nut milk – Hazelnut or Almond would work well here or Cows Milk (I use Raw Cows Milk)
1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Bean Paste (optional)
Simply make your Hazelnut Butter using the method above. Once it has become a Nut Butter add the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.
I actually forgot to add the Vanilla and I think its great without it so I won’t bother adding it to my next batch either. It tastes awesome and has only 4 ingredients! Success!
As long as you use a Nut Milk, this Choc Hazelnut Spread is Dairy Free and Refined Sugar Free.
It may interest you to know that in a 37g (2Tbsp) serving of Store Bought Nutella, 21g of that is Sugar.