Who loves Nutella? Well I must admit I do love it but unfortunately it is not healthy.
If you look at the label, Nutella contains : sugar, vegetable oil, hazelnuts (13%), cocoa powder (7.4%), non-fat milk solids, emulsifier (soy lecithin), flavour (vanillin). So Hazelnuts is not even the first ingredient in the list!! This means that Nutella contains more sugar and oils that hazelnuts!!
I made a healthier version with hazelnuts, cacao powder, milk and raw honey. The recipe is quite simple : just blend hazelnuts until very smooth then add cacao powder, milk and honey and process again.
2 tsp cacao powder (30g)
100 to 180ml milk
2 tbsp raw honey or rice malt syrup (30g)
Start by making your own homemade hazelnut butter.
You can follow the below steps or read my recipe here.
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, add the cacao powder and the honey.
Heat the milk in a saucepan
Pour milk in the hazelnut spread until desirable consistency.
Pour the hazelnut spread into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
You can add more honey / rice malt if it is not enough sweet.
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.