18 June, 2014
Homemade Nutella with activated hazelnuts
A few weeks ago, I got a bag of raw hazelnuts from Trader Joe’s. The first recipe that comes to mind is homemade Nutella. Interestingly, I have never bought Nutella from the store, but I do love Ferrero Rocher chocolates. Most people say that the flavor of the nuts is so much better in the homemade version of Nutella, and it can be made healthy! When Frankie’s feast posted her beautiful Nutella recipe, it motivated me to take out my hazelnuts from the fridge and work on it.
Ever since I learned about the benefits of soaking nuts, I have been doing it religiously, with all nuts that I have in my pantry. These are the reasons:
Soaking makes nuts and seeds more easily digestible (removes enzyme inhibitors and phytates) and hence makes nutrients more available.
Recipe adapted from chocolate covered katie
Method to activate and roast the nuts: Soak 6-8 hours or overnight in water, drain and let it dry in a colander for a few hours. During this time, discard bad hazelnuts. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 8-9 minutes, stirring a couple of times in between (I used a Pyrex glass dish). Cool on a dry cloth towel and rub to remove any remaining skin.
roasted hazelnuts- 1 3/4 cup
unsweetened cocoa powder- 1/4 cup
pure maple syrup- 1/2 cup
vanilla extract- 1 1/2 tbsp.
salt- 1/4 tsp.
1. Blend hazelnuts till it turns into nut meal. A Vitamix works best to get a smooth consistency
2. Add the other ingredients and blend as smooth as possible.
3. Store in the fridge! (Store-bought Nutella is so processed and loaded with sugar that it can be stored outside, but this will go bad in 3 days if stored outside).
26 thoughts on : Homemade Nutella with activated hazelnuts
This looks delicious! And great idea soaking the nuts!!
thank you, Frankie. Your post really inspired me. 🙂
Soaking the nuts,….I totally need to start doing that! Love Nutella by the way! 🙂
I can notice the difference after soaking, and I hope you do too! 🙂
I will definitely try it!
Wow homemade Nutella?? Awesome..
It is, although I am not able to compare with the original, I have never tasted store-bought Nutella. 🙂
When you have handy homemade recipe why to go for store bought:) wil try soon
Homemade that’s awesome…I have never thought soaking nuts and using it is much better, that’s a great piece of information 🙂
thanks, Malar. 🙂
Homemade Nutella, so yummy 🙂
I’m happy you like it! 🙂
wow! I’m here after a very long time…. and am thoroughly enjoying it with your homemade nutella…. this is making me go nuts…
ha ha, like your pun!
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Apsara,this is simply awesome! My kids love nutella and now I can make it homemade for them. i am surely going to try this! thanks!
you’re welcome, Indu. Making this was easier than I thought. Except for removing the rancid nuts, I hope you find good hazelnuts to try this out.
ok. thanks for your directions on how to remove rancid nuts!
Yum yum yummm! I love soaking my nuts too for home-made nut & seeds milks! Ooh yes! Your home-made nutella is better then the real thing, so much healthier too! x
thank you, Sophie. xx
Wonderful – will try this.
Love the recipe, Apsara! I am all in for home-made spreads.
me too. I need to try your recipe for peanut butter soon!
in the left picture there are some more dark aura’s too… that is not rancidity?
On the left are the ones that tasted good. They are distinctly different from the ones on the right