This Homemade Chocolate Spread recipe is so finger-licking delicious you will never look at Nutella the same. It’s not just super yum, but also made with five simple ingredients. It’s hard not to eat it by the spoonful. On a toast or drizzle over pancakes, you will love it!
As a health advocate, I’m always looking for better ways to eat. After reading Nutella’s ingredients, I was not very happy about it. Eating it by the spoonful didn’t feel right. So, I decided to make my own, homemade chocolate spread! Made with only four ingredients, you probably have them in your pantry right now.
Benefits of homemeade chocolate stread!
As we live in a pretty toxic world already, avoiding unnecessary ingredients is the least we can do for our well-being. That doesn’t mean we have to say no to Nutella. We just have to make it better!!
Now, why is store-bought Nutella not very good for us to eat. Well, a quick google search will give you a lot of info on that. But here are a few reasons. It’s made with mostly sugar as the first ingredient on the list and fat (Palm oil) as the second. Oh, and then just a little bit of hazelnuts and cocoa, plus soy and artificial flavors. Whyyyyy?
I get it, it’s supposed to be sweet and indulging. But how about making it better! How about having hazelnuts the first ingredient on the list (isn’t that the main ingredient Nutella is advertising their product for?) and excluding artificial flavors and soy!
I don’t like fake flavors, I like real food!
Hazelnuts have plenty of natural fat, so I don’t need to add any other fats or oils to make it smoother or last longer. I’ve had my homemade chocolate spread for months in the pantry and never go bad.
Those are the things that I pay attention to and care about, avoiding ingredients that are just not necessary! Plus, homemade is so much better and satisfying. I have made this recipe so many times, it’s super easy to make and I know exactly what ingredients went into it. I always have a big jar in my pantry. It’s not only perfect on a slice of fresh sourdough, but I also use it in my baking. It’s simply delicious!
As I mentioned, it’s super easy to make. All you need is a food processor and:
Hazelnuts. Cacao/cocoa powder. Sugar. Vanilla. Salt.
I usually buy already roasted hazelnuts, but you can definitely use raw and just roast them yourself at 350F for about 10min. Roasting the nuts will give that extra nutty flavor.
How to make this chocolate spread?
Some people prefer to take the skin of the hazelnuts as much as possible. I don’t stress about it. I do rub them between a towel to get some of the skin off, but honestly most of the time I don’t even bother doing that.
Once you add the hazelnuts to the food processor, blend them till they look like a coarse flour. Then you add the rest of the ingredients and the blending begins.
It will take about 20 min to get to that creamy smooth consistency. But make sure to stop every few minutes and scrape the sides so everything blends evenly.
Also depending on the food processor you have, blending something for so long will heat up the motor and you might want to stop midway and let it cool off.
You don’t want to overheat the machine and possibly break it!
What I usually do is every 5 to 10 minutes I put my hands around the food processor and if it’s too hot to the touch, I stop blending and let it rest for 5 min.
Once you get to that smooth liquid consistency your Homemade Chocolate Spread is ready! All you have to do is transfer to a jar, but make sure it’s cooled off before you put the lid on top. You don’t want to create condensation. I keep mine in the pantry, I never had it in the fridge, so I’m not sure if it will change texture when cold. But you can try and see how it performs, although I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know if you try.
Note! The longer you blend it the more liquidy it will get, so if you’d like, you can stop blending earlier and leave it a bit thicker.
More Chocolate recipes!
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THE BEST EASY CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD RECIPE – This Chocolate Banana Bread recipe is not only delicious but also very easy and quick to make. Can never go wrong with Banana bread!
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- 3 cups Roasted hazelnuts
- 1 cup cacao/cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar 125g
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- In a food processor add hazelnuts. Blend till it looks like a coarse flour. About a minute.
- Add cacao powder, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Blend for about 20 min. stopping every 5 min to scrape the sides, so everything gets incorporated. Depending on your machine, make sure to check if it's not overheating by touching around the motor of your processor. If it's hot to the touch, stop blending and let it cool off a bit.
- When it's ready, transfer to a jar but don't close it, till its completely cooled. Store in your pantry.