There’s nothing like a little bit of chocolate to brighten your day, especially when it’s blended with rich, roasted hazelnuts. Although this delicious spread definitely qualifies as a once-in-a-while treat, I feel a little better about this homemade version compared to store-bought Nutella. Instead of palm oil, this version here relies on simply hazelnuts and dark chocolate for fat. To minimize the sugar load a bit, I’ve used 85% dark chocolate, and just a smidge of maple syrup for sweetness. Honestly, I love the taste of super-dark chocolate (the less sweet the better!), so I often leave out the maple syrup when I make this for my own household.
This spread (dip? anything goes!) is the perfect simple, homemade food gift. Just be sure to double the recipe to have enough for yourself, too!
This quick, easy recipe requires just a few simple ingredients:
- dark chocolate
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup
After the initial step of roasting the hazelnuts, you’ll dump them in your food processer and blend to a butter consistency.
It’s really up to you how to enjoy this decadent spread. It’s great on fruit, on these gluten-free waffles, swirled into plain Greek yogurt, or enjoyed just straight-up on a spoon! To be honest, I’m a big fan of the straight-up spoonful.