Homemade Nutella

Oh, my friends…I’m sorry I haven’t been back here in a while.  I’ve been busy, though!  I have some things to share that I’m really excited about.  I also have a new project in the works!

I’ll confess: I had a cleanse all planned out to ease the sugar before bombarding you with holiday sweets.

You know what?  It’s just not time for a cleanse, yet.  We’ll take care of that in January.  Right now, let’s work on Christmas gifts.

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Nutella!!

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(Sorry…chocolate hazelnut spread).

Let’s have a sidenote really quickly here: I want you to meet my baby brother.

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He is no longer a baby and he has a job lined up for after graduation….in Seattle. He’s brilliant and I’m very proud of him but I mean seriously…that’s the other side of the country!!  I’m gonna miss that guy.

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(Awful) iPhone photo of our high school senior pictures hanging in the hallway of my parent’s house. *sniff*  Lauren’s a senior.

My siblings (that’s us^) have had an understanding for years that we exchange favorite candies on Christmas.  I love it.  We get our favorite candy, we don’t have to spend a lot of money and everyone is happy.  This year, because brother bear is moving far far away, I’m stepping up my game.

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He looooovvvessss Nutella…so he gets a giant homemade jar.

This. Is. So.  Simple.

Hazelnuts. (Ground)

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Chocolate.

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(Melted) With powdered sugar and vanilla.  Cocoa powder is involved for extra chocolatey awesomeness.  There’s a little bit of oil (I’m not sure why).  I think it would be awesome to add some coffee flavor but that wouldn’t be true Nutella.  Let’s stick to the classic for now.

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This is literally a grind and stir situation.  In no time at all you could have a homemade nutella+peanut butter sandwich.

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Easy, awesome gift for any Nutella lovers in your life. Or chocolate lovers.  Or just delicious lovers because for real…this is hard to hate.  Pour it in a cute jar, stick a bow on top and attach a recipe card…or just a spoon.

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Get ready for the best Nutella cookies of my life.

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

Homemade Nutella

Recipe adapted from The Splendid Table

1 cup toasted, unsalted hazelnuts
12 ounces (or less, to taste) milk chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon canola (I really want to try this with coconut oil!) ((I’m also not entirely sure the oil is necessary but I haven’t tried to go without so I can’t say what would happen)
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 (or 2!) tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.  Place 12 ounces milk chocolate in a double boiler and stir until melted in smooth, or place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 15 second increments until melted.  Stir in the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla and oil.  Let cool completely.
2.  Place 1 cup of toasted hazelnuts in a food processor with the blade attachment and chop until it forms a paste.
3. Add the chocolate mixture to the hazelnut paste and stir to combine.  Adjust to taste.  It will be thin at first but it thickens as it cools!
4.  Pour in a jar and decorate!  It should keep on the counter for about two weeks…if you have that kind of self control.

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Homemade Nutella

  1. Very very cool post!
    Cheers!

  2. Pingback: Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies | Ellen in the Kitchen

  3. Lauren Estes

    Oh no! This is way, way, WAY too easy!

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