Healthy, Homemade Chocolate-Hazelnut Almond Butter {Vegan, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly}

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You guys know how much I love you right?

And I know how, much you love, love, love your Nutella. I saw all the pics you shared of those custom made, personalized jars of sweet, nutty, chocolaty deliciousness that you were lucky enough to get for Christmas.

Seeing all those pics gave me a serious craving for Nutella and a deliciously fun idea . . .

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How about we make ourselves an all natural, quick and easy healthy homemade version Nutella ?

And yes, that really is my idea of fun and I think you’ll agree that – chocolate and nut butter is always a good idea right?!

Right!

Say hello to my latest obsession – healthy, homemade chocolate-hazelnut almond butter

You guys are going to love, love, love this;

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This right here . . . is the stuff that dreams are made of!

Not only is it insanely delicious but it’s super quick and easy to prepare made with just a handful of ingredients that I bet you have on hand already.

It also happens to be all natural made with no refined flours or sugars so it’s naturally vegan, dairy free, gluten free and Paleo friendly ♥♥♥

It’s thick and creamy, decadent, rich, subtly sweet, seriously chocolaty and it could not be easier to make.

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Almonds and hazelnuts are oven roasted then combined with a splash of vanilla and a touch cacao before being blended into a creamy, dreamy, velvety smooth, intensely chocolaty, vanilla infused, buttery oblivion.

And all that happens in less than 20 minutes!

I mean what’s not to love?!

Enough with the chit chat, let’s just make it already shall we?

Here’s how we do it –

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Start off by giving our golden, delicious almonds and hazelnuts a quick little roast in the oven – toasting our nuts before we blend our butter helps to give it a more decadent and rich depth of flavor – please don’t skip this step. Yes it’s an extra 5-10 minutes but, trust me – it’s absolutely, 100% worth it!

Now, once our nuts are toasted, and your house smells like heaven, all you have to do is toss them into your food processor or blender and you’re pretty much done!

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Initially your nuts will get all chunky, then after a minute or two they will break down into a fine looking flour, then the real magic happens, the heat and friction from all that blending will extract the natural oils from our almonds and hazelnuts and in a matter of minutes,

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you will witness one of the most beautiful transformations of all time as your almonds and hazelnuts are whipped into a creamy, dreamy golden, delicious nut butter right before your pretty little eyes . . .

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Once that’s done we simply add our vanilla, cacao and a cheeky pinch of salt – give it one final whiz and boomshaklocka – done!

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Decadent, rich, delicious creamy, seriously chocolaty and simply divine!!

I love that you can really taste all the layers in each and every delicious spoonful –  the subtly sweet hazelnuts, the buttery roasted almonds, the sweet hum of vanilla and the decadent richness of cacao.

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I should warn you, with no added sugars our healthy, homemade chocolate-hazelnut almond butter is nowhere near as sweet as your store bought Nutella. Give it a taste and if you want to sweeten things up a little add some stevia or maple syrup to taste but, I personally love the more subtle sweetness of our homemade version. Do what you feel though, make it your own.

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Then go ahead and use it as you would, business as usual – dive head first into the jar and eat your way out . . . or you be a little more refined and get yourself a spoon, do what you feel, no judgement here just do yourself a favor and make it, asap!

All natural, quick and easy, decadent, rich, subtly sweet, seriously chocolaty healthy, homemade, chocolate-hazelnut almond butter  . . .

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You know you want in on this ↑

Make it. Eat it. Love, love, love it.

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Healthy, Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Almond Butter {Vegan, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly}
Makes approx 2 cups of All natural, quick and easy, decadent, rich, subtly sweet, seriously chocolaty healthy, homemade, chocolate-hazelnut almond butter

Ingredients –

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of raw skinless hazelnuts

1 Tablespoon of vanilla bean extract

1 Tablespoon of cacao

1/2 teaspoon of salt flakes

Method –

1 – Preheat your oven to 175’C (350’F)

2 – Line a large baking sheet with baking/parchment paper (or a non stick silpat mat) and pour your almonds and hazelnuts on, making sure they are spread evenly – aka not crowded.

3 – Roast your nuts for 10 mins, until lightly roasted and slightly golden.

If you are unable to get skinless hazelnuts simply roast them on a separate tray and once they are roasted, place on a clean dry hand towel and fold it in half. Rub it gently between your hands and the skins should come loose. Once the hazelnuts have shed their skins, discard the skins and proceed with the recipe as normal.

4 – Pour your roasted almonds and hazelnuts into the bowl of your food processor or blender and process until smooth and creamy (or your desired consistency). Initially the almonds would grind down into a powder, give it a minute or two and the oils will extract and it will become deliciously, thick, rich and creamy. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.

5 – Once you have blended to your desired consistency, add your salt, cacao and vanilla then process until combined.

6 – Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly – add a little extra salt or more vanilla/cacao or even a touch of stevia or some maple syrup  if you feel the need and if you prefer a thinner consistency feel free to add a drizzle of coconut oil to thin it out.

7 – Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It should keep well for up to 2 weeks – if it lasts that long! (← seriously, good luck with that 😉 )

Enjoy xoxo

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Question of the day –

Are you a fellow nut butter addict? What’s your fave flavor? Or brand? Or recipe? And your fave way to eat it?! Straight up by the spoonful, with fruit, on toast, on chocolate?! Tell me . . . details please

Feel free to share recipes, or links to your fave recipes in the comments below or on the Facebook page and please for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make these bliss bites (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to 🙂

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4 Comments on Healthy, Homemade Chocolate-Hazelnut Almond Butter {Vegan, Dairy Free & Paleo Friendly}

  1. jaime
    January 12, 2016 at 2:20 pm (1 year ago)

    I can not find “skinless” hazelnuts… what would I be able to do? Use the raw hazelnuts with the skin on or try to soak skin off and then roast? Any ideas, tips? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Emma
      January 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Jamie,

      If you are unable to get skinless hazelnuts simply roast them on a separate tray and once they are roasted, place on a clean dry hand towel and fold it in half. Rub it gently between your hands and the skins should come loose. Once the hazelnuts have shed their skins, discard the skins and proceed with the recipe as normal 🙂

      Reply
  2. Sarah
    May 16, 2016 at 2:41 am (1 year ago)

    I was just writing my grocery list and realized I need PB…. Then this recipe popped into my mind- I’m totally making it this fortnight, as well as the PB!! Can’t wait to try it out!! 🤗😀😁

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    • Emma
      May 16, 2016 at 4:23 am (1 year ago)

      Ah yay, it’s so good Sarah! Which reminds me, I need to make more as well!

      Yum 🙂

      Let me know what you think once you get a chance to make it 🙂 xo

      Reply

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