Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Vegan Nutella

Hey there!

Something that I thought would be time-consuming and difficult to make ended up being ridiculously easy. 5 ingredients. 10 minutes to make, including clean-up. How awesome is that?

May I present to you...vegan Nutella!

As we all probably know, Nutella is a delicious chocolate-hazelnut spread that makes eating toast for breakfast taste like dessert. Chocolate for breakfast?? Unfortunately, it is very non-vegan, including not only skimmed milk but whey. Why whey, I say?! Anyway (note the triple rhyme), I found a recipe for Nutella the other day (I can't stop!) and I decided I needed to have it. The ingredients looked a lot better than the original, with the main ingredient being actual hazelnuts as opposed to oil. And sure, a hefty amount of sugar goes in, but that's what makes it a treat, right?

There were two problems with the original recipe (found here):
1. I didn't want to go through all the trouble of roasting and then skinning the hazelnuts
2. I couldn't actually find hazelnuts anywhere

What I did to resolve this was to buy a jar of pure hazelnut butter. By doing so, I skipped a bunch of steps and it still tastes awesome! Also, pretty much everything in this recipe is 'to taste' so if you want it sweeter or darker, add more sugar/cocoa! Here's the recipe:

Vegan Nutella
1 jar hazelnut butter (250g, maybe a cup or so)
3/4 c powdered sugar (or to taste)
3 - 4 tbsp cocoa powder (to taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla
vegetable or nut oil

Empty the hazelnut butter into a food processor and process for about 15 seconds, until it's smooth and emulsified. Stick the empty jar in the sink and fill it with hot water and a little soap - you'll need to reuse it! Add the sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla to the hazelnut butter and process. Slowly drizzle in vegetable oil until you reach a nice spreadable consistency. I used about 2 tbsp oil, a little flax and some olive.

Clean out your jar and scoop the Nutella into it. It should just barely fit, assuming you've had a spoonful (or two) already, and cleaned the remnants in the food processor with your finger. If it doesn't all fit, well darn, I guess you're just going to have to eat some with toast (or a banana) right away. ;)

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