I know this blog is about low/no sugar, whole wheat cooking...and if you've been reading a lot lately, I'm sure you've noticed there are a lot of "sweet" recipes on here...well I may have lost my ability to eat sweets but not my sweet tooth! That need inspired this recipe!
My sister loves Nutella but has decided to cut back on her sugar intake and thus can no longer eat the real stuff...I saw this recipe and couldn't believe 1. that I could make this and 2. that it could be as delicious as the real stuff...and oh, it was!
Since I can't claim this one, I'll let the photos and recipe do the talking...enjoy!
Homemade Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)
2 cups of hazelnuts (raw, without skins)
1 1/2 c 1% milk
3/4 c powdered milk
1 Tbsp honey
pinch of salt
2 c or 10oz dark chocolate chips (at least 60% coca)
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 10 minutes or until fragrant and lightly toasted. While warm, transfer to the bowl of a large food processor and blend until they become finely ground and start forming a paste (like peanut butter).
Meanwhile, warm the milk, powdered milk, honey and salt in a small sauce pan until it starts to boil. Then remove the pan from the heat. In a seperate bowl, melt the chocolate (either over a double boiler or in the microwave: melt for 30 second increments and stir in between).
Add melted chocolate to the ground nuts and continue to process the mixture. Add the warm milk and process until well blended (mixture will be very liquidy). Pour into a container and let it set in the refridgerator until set (about 4 hours). Enjoy!