Hazelnuts are very high in protein - they contain almost 15% of protein. They are also a great source of healthy fats.
They are very high in fiber, manganese, calcium...and lots of other vitamins and minerals.
Hazelnuts are very rich in folate: 100 g Hazelnut carry 113 µg, which represents about 28% recommended the daily intake of this vitamin.
Hazelnut butter can be so expensive in the Health Store! And some of them contain added oils, added sugars, salt...
This recipe is quite simple and only contains one single ingredient : Hazelnuts.
Place the hazelnuts in a blender and process them for 2 minutes on medium to high speed
Then stop the blender and scrape the sides and bottom with a spatula
Repeat the above steps for 20-30 minutes or until the hazelnut starts to release their natural oils. Only run your blender for 2 minutes at a time so that it doesn't overeat. Give it a little break before blending it again.
Don't be tempt to add oils, sugars or even water. Just continue to blend the nuts without anything else.
Once the mixture start to be shiny, pour the hazelnut butter into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
You can replace the hazelnuts by almonds, cashews or any other nuts.
You can roast the hazelnuts in the oven, 180°C for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown before processing them. This step is optional but this will reduce the time you need to process them as the oils will be released faster. This will also allow you to remove the skin and therefore the hazelnut butter will be less bitter.
Where can I use Hazelnut butter?
You can use hazelnut butter with bread, apple slices, smoothies, yoghurt, or even use it as a base for making healthy Nutella (this is what I have done!).