I know I am a bit late (ok very late) in wishing you guys but I sure did remember you all during the holiday season! J So here’s wishing you all a very beautiful new year from the Creative on the Menu team.

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I think I can somehow compensate for all the delay with the recipe I am going to post. I am pretty sure all of you are Nutella lovers out there! So recently I saw this post, which was showing that 75% of Nutella was sugar and the rest was hazelnut and chocolate. I don’t know how far it is true! Well that made me looking out for a good Nutella recipe. I mean why have all that sugar?

Found this recipe on Pinterest, which is a “healthy” take on Nutella. Guess what! It just takes 4 ingredients to make it!

Source : Minimalistbaker

Ingredients

Hazelnuts – 100gms

Dark chocolate – 1/3 – ½ cup broken to pieces

Salt – a pinch

Vanilla essence/extract – ½ tsp

Method

Preheat the oven to 175C/375F. If using raw hazelnuts, like I did, dry roast them for around 15 minutes [ this step is necessary to just get the oils of the nut out which will help form the nut butter]. If using already roasted hazelnuts just roast them for around 10 minutes. Take them out of the oven and let it cool. Once it is cool to touch put in a blender/food processor and blend till you can see the hazelnuts blending to a smooth butter consistency. Meanwhile in a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Put the melted chocolate along with salt and vanilla essence into the hazelnut butter. Pulse till its completely combined. Voila your hazelnut chocolate spread is ready! Transfer to a mason jar and enjoy!

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I found the chocolate hazelnut spread sweet enough so didn’t find the need to add anything to it. But it again depends on the chocolate you are using. You can easily add a tbsp. of honey or maple syrup if you wish, but according to the recipe I followed this could firm up the end result.

Note: If using hazelnuts with skin, once they are roasted just let it cool slightly put in a kitchen towel and roll with your hands. Try to get off as much skin as possible because the lesser the amount of  skin, the creamier your Nutella will be.!