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NOT-TELLA CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD
This is an easy, no-nonsense, vegan chocolate hazelnut spread. It is nutty, chocolaty, and not (full of crud – pardon the language) like the famed chocolate hazelnut spread that many people buy at the grocery store. It’s okay if that’s YOU – Blender Babe Tarashaun LOVES Nutella but after looking closely at the ingredients – she asked me to help make a healthy alternative. Just take a look at the ingredients below (ugh!) and the FIRST, and therefore most by weight, is sugar.
NUTELLA INGREDIENTS: Sugar, vegetable oil, hazelnuts (13%), cocoa powder (7.4%), non-fat milk solids, emulsifier (soy lecithin), flavour (vanillin)
This healthy NOT-TELLA chocolate hazelnut spread contains only two all-natural ingredients – hazelnuts and chocolate! It is MUCH better for you! Best of all, you can vary the recipe by adding YOUR favorite dark chocolate, I used Green & Black’s organic 62% dark cocoa. When I first made this, I gave some to a friend who loved Nutella. Her reaction was, “It’s not Nutella…but it’s delicious!” Since then, I have tried the famed spread only to learn that I like my Not-tella better. This heart-healthy recipe, made in a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec will have your mouth watering over simple morning toast.
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Not-tella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
- 4 cups of hazelnuts
- 8 to 9 ounces of dark chocolate I used 62% dark cacoa
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF (176ºC).
- Place the hazelnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and smell toasty. Don’t go for a deeper brown, else your spread will taste burnt.
- Remove from the oven and cool. If your hazelnuts came with the skins on them, rub them lightly with your fingertips to shuck off the skins.
- For Vitamix: Place the cooled hazelnuts in the blender container, secure the top on the container. Using your manual speed, start on speed 1, and quickly increase to speed 10, using your tamper to push the nuts down into the blades as needed until the mixture is creamy and liquid - approximately 1.5 minutes.
- Remove the lid plug and add the chocolate in three portions, running the machine for 10 seconds between each addition to combine the material.
- For Blendtec: Using the TWISTER Jar - you will need to blend in two portions. Place half the nuts and chocolate in the jar and use your highest SPEED, turning the lid/tines counterclockwise as it blends to combine - about 1 -2 minutes. Repeat with remaining half.
- For Blendtec: Using the FOURSIDE or WILDSIDE Jar - first add the hazelnuts to your jar and use SPEED 9. If blade spins freely stop the machine, scrape ingredients towards the blade and repeat process until creamy - about 4-6 minutes. Add the chocolate half at a time and repeat process above until combined.
- You will then have an ultra-smooth “Not-tella” spread!
- Pour out the spread into a ceramic or glass storage container and cover. Don’t worry that it is pourable at this stage of the game; it will thicken up as it cools.
- Cool for at least 3 hours and enjoy!
- All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAZELNUTS
Hazelnuts are heart healthy! Hazelnuts contain thiamin, a B-vitamin which helps regulate your nervous system and overall cardiovascular health. With almost 13 grams of monounsaturated fat per serving (1oz.), hazelnuts work to reduce bad cholesterol and maintain healthy arteries. On the other hand, beware of most store bought brands, such as Nutella, they actually do more harm than good. Though they may contain hazelnuts, dont let that fool you, these spreads are full of Refined sugars and Palm oil, which has a large amount of saturated fat and high number of calories, and has been linked to chronic heart disease. save a trip to the grocery store, and the hospital for that matter, and make your own healthy Not-tella spread!
14 thoughts on “Not-tella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread”
I made this the other day and it turned out great! So rich and nutty. Just came back to print the recipe as I will definitely be making this again, I can’t imagine it will last long in my house! Thank you.
You are so welcome Emily! So glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 Happy Blending!
I’d like to know how long can I keep this once it’s refrigerated?
I made the batch, now my husband and I can’t decide how to store it. How do you store this? Fridge or pantry?
It’s always safer to refrigerate freshly-made nut butters, as they do not have the preservatives (CHEMICALS!) one finds in most supermarket brands. They will keep longer, and taste better, if you store them in a glass container in the fridge.
Great tips to note, Deb! Thanks XOXO HAPPY BLENDING!
Great recipe. Just made a batch using the exact same ingredients but only 3 cups hazelnuts and 6 oz chocolate. Came out delicious and ultra smooth. I used a vitamix. I used to buy once in a while nocciolata (the organic version of nutella) for making cakes for my kids’s birthdays. Even though this is great ,it seems a bit heavy but my kids like it. I still prefer the nocciolata (never had nutella). Thank you.
You’re welcome Ann! Yes Nutella is not actually healthy AT ALL, the ingredients are scary when you look at them. This Not-tella recipe is simple and delicious, glad the kiddos liked it! 🙂
Should this be done in small batches? I have a very powerful blender and it overheated although I poured the chocolate in too early. I thought the liquid would make it easier to blend but it made it harder. I think I should have processed the nuts in small batched first.
That’s a good question Tina, which blender do you have? Deb who created this recipe uses a Vitamix (and the helpful tamper!). If it’s not a vitamix or a blendtec (using the twister jar) I think processing the nuts in batches first is a great idea. Many times with these thick mixes you need a tamper or something similar to press the ingredients into the blade. Without it small batches will probably work best. Thanks Tina!
Can’t wait to try this. Where would I find hazelnuts at? Thanks
Hi Tammy! We found them at Trader Joe’s. Otherwise you can probably fine them online at Amazon. HAPPY BLENDING!
YUMM!!! Have to try that!! 🙂 A little at a time for extra creaminess. 🙂
You know what else is great in your own choc hazle spread? Coconut milk~ Nom!