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Thursday, December 22, 2011

homemade dairy free hazelnut spread


it's a hectic time. it is the holidays after all. but these darker, colder, longer nights call for a slower pace, time to savor the moments with loved ones. my days are spent in the bustle of life, i would rather spend my evenings cozy, going about my home living calmly.

over dinner last night, dw & i got to talking. we talked about the time he & i spend together. as sweet as always, he said that tho he would rather spend all the minutes in a day with me, he is glad for the 8 hours we have to spend at work, for the remainder of the 16 hours with me would be all the more blessed.


in celebration of the holiday cheer, whatever holiday you celebrate, i present you homemade, dairy free hazelnut spread, aka Nutella. it's a lovely treat, easily spreadable on warm toast to be enjoyed with tea in the morning light, or with some fruit & a glass of almond milk while you enjoy a flick on the television. a whimsical dream to whip up, it's also a great gift to give to someone who loves chocolate, who can't consume the dairy variety, or a gift to yourself, because you're finally slowing down, returning to your heart during this season.

happy christmas.


homemade hazelnut spread ~ dairy free

1/2 lb organic raw hazelnuts, preferably without skins
5 TBL good quality cocoa powder, more or less to taste
1 TBL grapeseed oil (or whatever neutral oil)
8 TBL powdered sugar, more or less to taste
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla

roast hazelnuts in 350F oven for about 15 minutes, keep an eye on them. you don't want to burn them, you just want the oils to gets all nice & warm & do it's thing. if the nuts have skin on them, dump them in towel and rub on them, the skins should flake off.

in a food processor, pulse the nuts until smooth. think peanut butter consistency. add in the cocoa powder and sugar, pulse thru. to loosen the mixture add in the oil.

this recipe is super easy, and all dependent on your taste. if you want it to be sweet, add more powdered sugar, by 1/8 cup first. same with the cocoa powder.

if you're expecting the consistency to be like nutella, it's not. store in the fridge and i usually zap it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to loosen up before spreading. so far it has lasted about 3 weeks in the fridge.


  1. love hazelnut spread :) i'm gonna email this recipe to my diary intolerant friends ~

  2. Merry Christmas, Lan! That's such a sweet story--you got a good one.

    I'm happy 2011 brought our connection!

  3. Aaaaaaah, I wish I lived closer to you so I can order a pot of this :P It looks heavenly and I don't think it would've lasted 3 weeks in my fridge unless the fridge had a lock and a goblin swallowed the key ;)

  4. What a sweet post -- and I agree: While I could probably spend every hour every day with my husband, I find that the hours we spend apart make me miss and appreciate him more. I love breathlessly telling him all my news at the end of the day because I haven't seen him since morning!

    Meanwhile, mmmm, choco-hazelnut spread... falls right in line with my New Year's resolution to live more sweetly.

  5. Mmm... chocolate and hazelnuts...

  6. I love home made recipes, there's nothing better than having a fresh made nuetella and no dairy! ha just great

  7. daisy, it's a great alternative to the milky concoction nutella is.

    joanna, thank you, i hope you had a great holiday season too.

    beetlebuggy, you can totally make this yourself. it is quick and easy to whip up. i promise.

    meister, we also share our entire day together, during dinner. and seriously, even when it's mundane, it's great to share! /sappiness!

    elisabeth, it's a great combo. :)

    betty, best way to have a treat without the worry of repercussions. :)

  8. Love it! I'll be making some of this pronto :)

  9. I will make this for my brother...a healthier nutella