Vegan Sugar-Free Hazelnut Spread

“Give your child a touch of joy at the breakfast table”.  This was Nutella’s catch phrase.
“Made with 56 roasted hazelnuts”.  Not to mention, enough sugar in one serving to get your child wired in seconds!

I never understood who was actually being fooled by these commercials, convinced that they are feeding their families a nutritional breakfast when slabbing this sugar spread onto a piece of white bread.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my share of Nutella in the past, but their whole healthy breakfast pitch is ridiculous.  I read a ‘fun fact’ on their website today, that 30,000,000,000g of Nutella was sold in Canada over the last decade.  If you lined up the jars end to end, that would almost stretch from coast to coast in Canada.  Crazy!

I also did the math, one serving (one tablespoon) of Nutella, contains 11 grams of sugar.  That translates to THREE teaspoons of sugar in one tablespoon of Nutella!  I wish labeling was clearer, not many people take (or have) the time to figure this out…

Anyway, on to my very satisfying, much healthier, sugar-free version.  I can’t stop licking the spoon.

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Vegan Sugar-Free Hazelnut Recipe

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic hazelnuts, roasted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons organic cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I used homemade)
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
  • a pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Lay out hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and pop in the over for ten minutes.  Watch them carefully, oven temperatures vary and these can go from perfectly fine to burnt quickly.

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  • Remove hazelnuts from oven.  Using your fingers or a paper towel, remove skins from hazelnuts.  They will come off easily.  It doesn’t need to be perfect.

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  • Place hazelnuts in a food processor.  Process at high speed for 2-3 minutes until you have a paste.

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  • Add coconut oil and process for another minute, until it looks smooth.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, process for another 2-3 minutes until you have a creamy texture.

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  • At this point it will be quite thin and liquidy.  Place into a jar (I use mason jars) and refrigerate for one hour hour.

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  • Remove from fridge.  It is now a spreadable texture.

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  • You will store this in the fridge, and it keeps fresh for about 2 weeks.  Bring it to room temperature to soften when you want to spread it, as it will harden slightly in the fridge.  I also suggest making it in small batches so it stays fresh.
  • Spread onto your favourite baked goods, fresh fruit (like apple slices) or on sprouted grain bread.

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  • Be wary of small hands snatching hazelnuts from photoshoot.

Vegan Sugar-Free Hazelnut Spread

Comments

  1. Amazing!!

  2. Fantastic!! I do love nutella and this healthier version sounds perfect.

  3. Wow..this is amazing and more amazing was the use of home made almond milk 🙂

  4. You rock! This is just awesome.. I WANT! This recipe has to be featured somewhere prominent. Gosh, I’m just thrilled to bits with this! 😀

  5. you had me at nutella! I might try this recipe – I don’t allow myself to buy the original one anymore (yes because it’s not healthy, but more because I have no self-control!)

  6. This sounds absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  7. Cannot wait to try this out!

  8. I have to try this, it looks fantastic! My partner spoons nutella or euro cream every night lol He needs a healthier alternative.

  9. Michmich says:

    Just made this. Words don’t did it justice…it is SO good. Self-control is out the window!

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Ha! I totally understand. Self-control is difficult with this spread! Luckily, it’s not the worst thing in the world for you. 😉
      Sophia

  10. Robin says:

    This turned out wonderful! I love the balance of chocolate to sweetener. I searched for ages to find a recipe that didn’t call for powdered sugar, white sugar, or melted chocolate and this one looked perfect. This recipe worked out so well and it’s completely delicious! Thank you so much 🙂

  11. That looks amazing! Being a huge fan of Nutella, I will have to try this sometime!

  12. Sharon says:

    The pantry? Even though there’s almond milk?

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      No, that was definitely an error – store in the fridge! Thanks for noticing!

    • Definitely store in the fridge! I stored mine in the pantry and it went moldy very quickly. ;( I did have a small container in the fridge which lasted a little longer but went moldy as well. I’ll just make a smaller batch next time.

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