Yum, yum, yum, yum, and…YUM. What tastes like Nutella, spreads like Nutella, is totally mouth-watering and addicting like Nutella, but is cheaper and better for you? Homemade chocolate-hazelnut butter, and yes, you can make it yourself without much trouble.
All you need is a food processor (or a really good blender) and a big ol’ spoon, because trust us, you’ll be eating this out of the processor itself.
How to make homemade chocolate-hazelnut butter
The most hands-on part of this process is roasting the hazelnuts and removing the skins, but even that is easier than it sounds. If you can get your hands on some pre-roasted, skins-removed hazelnuts (the bulk bins at Whole Foods, perhaps?), that’s great, but if you have the raw variety, all you have to do is spread two cups on a baking tray and roast at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, shaking the tray once or twice to move the nuts around.
Once the nuts are roasted, transfer them to a clean dish towel. Bundle up the towel and rub vigorously–this friction causes the skins to fall off of the hazelnuts. Pluck out the skinned nuts (it’s okay if some of them still have their skin on) and place in the food processor. Discard the skins.
Ready to make some homemade Nutella? Process the hazelnuts for 5-10 minutes–eventually, they will turn into a delicious, creamy nut butter. (Feel free to sample right now !) Add 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 6 tablespoons sugar, a few shakes of salt, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Pulse until blended and silky-smooth.
Transfer into clean containers (little Mason jars look adorable).
Makes about two cups of chocolate-hazelnut butter. Store in the fridge, and eat often.
(These jars of homemade nutella make amazing gifts, too!)
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