Saturday, August 22, 2009

Homemade Nutella

Hi! My name is Diana Bauman from A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa. I am so happy to be guest blogging for Miranda. Thanks so much Miranda, for thinking of me :) When Miranda asked me to be a guest blogger, I wanted to share a recipe that captures the heart and essence of mother and children. CHOCOLATE... NUTELLA!!!! I remember reading not so long ago that Miranda had recently bought her first jar of Nutella... gasp... I know!! I was shocked and excited for her all at the same time. The wonderful creamy, silky, chocolatey, hazelnut spread that is adored by chocolate lovers throughout the world! Me being me, I had to try my hand at making it at home! If it can be packaged, it can be made at home... much healthier. I altered this recipe a bit from Steph Chows blog. I added coconut oil to make it a bit silkier and to add a bit of nutritional punch!
Did you know -- Coconut oil improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, and protects against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
(You can tell in the image that it's a little bit chunkier than I had wanted. My blender burned out a couple weeks ago making homemade gyro's :( I used my mini food processor which did the best it possibly could.. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can... LOL!)

  • 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 3 tbs real maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  1. Roast hazelnuts in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

  2. Remove the skins by rubbing them with your hands.

  3. Blend the hazelnuts in a food processor or blender until they form into a thick butter.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth.
  5. Put into a jar and refrigerate.
That's it! So easy!! Once you try your hand at homemade Nutella, you can use it to make Miranda's Nutella Brownies :)

Buen Provecho!!