Paleo Nutella

It's no secret that Nutella is among one of the many "stars" of today's store bought dips and spreads. It's freaking delicious. I used to keep a jar of it in my bedside drawer with a spoon when I was young...not sure if my mom and dad ever knew that...but they do now. It was awesome...until I became a chubster and had a constant tummy ache. But the taste. Oh the taste made it so hard to stop. 

Nutella markets itself as a "chocolate hazelnut spread." While this is partially true, it forgets to include the garbage that also goes into its production. But for any company to market its product as something "made with chocolate, hazelnuts, and leftovers from the local dump" would be suicidal. SO, it recently struck me to make my own Nutella using ONLY the simple ingredients for which it's known - hazelnuts and chocolate. Well, ok, there is some honey and coconut milk in there too, but that's neither here nor there. You get the principle of what I'm saying. 

Guess what...this concoction is also freaking delicious. And because it's comprised of REAL ingredients, it doesn't hurt my tummy and it doesn't make me chubby. Well...it probably would make me chubby if I ate it all at once...but that's where self control comes in, people. Two spoonfuls of this delight, and I'm all set. If I had two spoonfuls of Nutella right about now, my behind would jiggle for a week...not cute. If this crack butter - I mean paleo Nutella - didn't have to be refrigerated, I would also keep it in my bedside drawer with a spoon. Commence forth my Nutella spoon-licking friends!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blanched hazelnuts
  • 1 heaping tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp raw honey or pure maple syrup

Method

  1. In a high speed blender (I use a Ninja) or food processor, add the hazelnuts. Blend until the hazelnuts become nut butter. Be patient here...at first it seems like they will never turn into a hazelnut butter, but after about 8 minutes of blending, the oils will release and a delicious hazelnut butter you shall have! You'll have to stop every now and then to scrape down the sides. 
  2. Add the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil (this will really help with the consistency), milk and honey/syrup. Blend.
  3. Taste test! If you like it sweeter, add more honey. If you like it more chocolate-y, add more cocoa powder (1/2 tsp at a time).
  4. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge.