Our Chocolate Hazelnut Spread is the perfect addition to your kitchen pantry! This luscious spread is the ideal topping for almost anything you desire–just layer it on toast, waffles, or pancakes for an indulgent breakfast, or add it to your yogurt, cottage cheese or smoothies for an added creamy consistency and chocolatey flavor. This Chocolate Hazelnut Spread also makes for a thoughtful, homemade gift for your loved ones. Package this spread in a Mason Jar and tie a card around it for a personalized touch!
Thanks to the chocolate, this recipe provides a healthy dose of flavanols. Research has shown that flavanols can potentially improve vascular health (i.e. lowering blood pressure, and improving blood flow to the brain and heart) and help make blood platelets less likely to clot. Buying good quality chocolate is important, not only for taste, but nutrition too! We like to use Pascha Chocolate because it is allergen free, vegan, organic and more. By using only ingredients that nature provides, Pascha chocolate’s ingredient list is short and simple — just how we like it!
In addition to the chocolate, we have added hemp hearts to this spread, which will increase its overall nutrition content. Hemp hearts are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and contain 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30-gram serving (3 tablespoons). They also provide a slightly nutty flavor that compliments the hazelnuts in this recipe. For more information on hemp hearts, visit the Manitoba Harvest website.
Our Chocolate Hazelnut Spread tastes great with so many our your go-to treats!
Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Add hazelnuts to a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 12-15 minutes.
Remove hazelnuts from oven and cool slightly. Transfer to a large kitchen towel and use your hands to roll the nuts around and remove most of the skins. Add the skinless hazelnuts to a high-speed blender. Blend on low until a butter is formed - about 8-10 minutes total - scraping down sides as needed.
Heat the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in about 30-second increments until melted. Set aside.
Add the melted chocolate to the hazelnut spread along with hemp seeds, sea salt, coconut oil, and vanilla. Blend until mixed together. Transfer to an airtight preferably glass container and store at room temperature for about 2-4 weeks.
*If using hazelnuts already roasted, and the skins are still on them then roast for 8-10 minutes to remove the skins.
Serving size: 2 tablespoons Calories: 160 calories, Fat: 14 grams, Saturated fat: 4 grams, Carbohydrates: 7 grams, Sugar: 4 grams, Fiber: 2 grams, Sodium: 20 milligrams, Protein: 4 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Disclaimer: Triad to Wellness has provided nutrition communication services to Manitoba Harvest and the Sorghum Checkoff. However, we were not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.