…A.k.a the way healthier, sexier and yummier sister of Nutella! 🙂

So here’s another delicious spread that eases my sweet-tooth cravings… with the added bonus of being good for you (yes, healthy chocolate spreads really do exist)!

I first made this some 2 years ago and have since tweaked and improved it to become a more creamy flavour-packed spread. The cacoa powder I use is raw and brimming with antioxidants and so much magnesium and iron. The main ingredient; hazelnuts, well they too are so good for you being rich in minerals, dietary fiber and numerous vitamins- primarily vitamin E. Except for the 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, all the other ingredient work in harmony to produce this purely clean, wholesome and delectable spread (which my boyfriend says reminds him of Ferrero Rocher!) 🙂

Tip: You will need a powerful blender to turn these beautiful nuts into a paste ( I used a coffee grinder to break down the nuts a little..and then transferred everything to my Nutribullet).

Oh yeah and it’s vegan!

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Ingredients for the Chocolate Hazelnut Spread:

Makes approx 2 small jars (like the one in my photos)

2 cups roasted hazelnuts

1 tspn vanilla extract

1/4 cup raw cacoa powder

1/2 cup Stevia

4 tbspns maple syrup

pinch of sea salt

3 tbspn olive oil

1/3 cup dairy-free milk *

*Slowly add the milk according to how thick you’d like the consistency to be. Oh and I used Koko dairy-free coconut milk.

Method:

Chuck the hazelnuts into your blender and pulse away! Remember that you need a little  bit of patience here and may have to (like me) stop and start the blender a couple times and bang the blender capsule a little to move the nuts back down to the blade (I bet the makers of Nutribullet would cringe at the sight of me bashing their glorious blender haha)! The hazelnuts will get crumbly, slowly start to get warm and then form a paste (this part always amazes me every time I do it! )

Now add all the other ingredients and blend them well together till you’ve reached a dark, smooth consistency. You may of course add more or less sweetener and milk according to what you prefer 🙂

Store it in the fridge.

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Try this spread on toast, fruit such as strawberries and bananas and it’s also so good dolloped on top of your breakfast granola bowl…or porridge!

I hope you’ll fall in love with it like I have, and please do leave any comments or questions below- I’d like nothing more than to hear from my dear readers 🙂

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