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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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Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

So uh…do you still have cranberry sauce laying around or am I completely missing the boat on this?

It’s ok if you don’t.  It’s even ok if you hate cranberries and wish I’d just shut up about them.  Any jam-like concoction will do!  If you do have some spare sauce, though, definitely make some muffins.

((I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m obsessed with leftover cranberry sauce.  It’s just that every recipe makes a TON and no one eats that much of it…at least at my family Thanksgiving.))

These muffins are actually muffins..know what I mean?  They aren’t cupcakes masquerading as muffins.  They’re slightly sweet, moist but not cakey, and not so outrageously unhealthy that they stop being a valid breakfast option.

They’re also delicious.  Did I mention delicious?  Hint of spice and everything nice?

Great with:

  1. A schmear of STILL leftover sauce
  2. Butter
  3. A drizzle of honey
  4. Both
  5. Nothing at all

Back with a post-Thanksgiving cleanse soon!

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

P.S.  I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Now smile!  You’ve got a jamwich =)

Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Recipe adapted from The Hazel Bloom

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup + 3 tablespoons rolled oats (reserve the 3 tablespoons for the tops)
0 – 1/2 cup brown sugar  (to taste…it really depends on how sweet you made your cranberry sauce)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups leftover cranberry sauce
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup pumpkin
1 egg

OPTIONAL: 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (it DOES give some coconut flavor…it also makes it extra moist.  You don’t need it.  I happened to enjoy the combination…I’m not offended if you think it’s gross)

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare a 12-cup standard-size muffin tin (grease and flour or add liners).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce, buttermilk, pumpkin and egg.  (Optional oil goes here!)
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.  Once everything is wet…stop stirring.  Seriously.
  5. Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups – about 3/4 to all the way full.
  6. Sprinkle with the three tablespoons oats.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops spring back when you touch them and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry.
  8. Let cool for about five minutes, schmear and enjoy!

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Secret Ingredient Chocolate-Peanut Butter Fix

That title is how I got around sending out an e-mail with the title “Date Balls.”

That’s a ticket straight to the spam folder if I ever saw one.  So…hey, inbox.  Nice to see you (I hope).

Ok, I know you’re thinking this is weird.

It’s not weird.  At all.  I promise. It’s good.  Reeeaaally good.

I’ve seen these things everywhere with every different flavor and add-in you can imagine…

..except this one.

Turns out I’m happiest with just 3 ingredients:

1.  Dates.

2. Chocolate.

3. Peanut Butter. (Also peanuts for some crunch..same thing)

Might as well be a peanut butter brownie.

And I might as well be in heaven.

And also slightly ball-shaped from eating WAYYYYY too many of these.  Good thing they’re nutritious?  Or something?

Whatever.

Enjoy!

❤ Ellen

P.S. Don’t be afraid of the dates!  They just add sweetness and let the whole mess stick together.  They seriously taste like a super fudgy peanut butter brownie.  Delicious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Date Balls

Recipe inspired by basically every blog out there…but the “recipe” is all my own.

10 pitted mejdool dates
3 tablespoons peanut butter, maybe a tablespoon chopped peanuts if you want some crunch
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (plus extra for rolling)

1. Place the pitted dates in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.  Pulse until the dates have been reduced to roughly pea sized pieces.

2. Add cocoa powder and peanut butter.  Pulse until combined.  ((If you want to add the peanuts throw them in at the very end and pulse just once or twice)) The mixture will look crumbly but it is ready when you can press it into ball shapes that hold together.

3. Press the mixture into whatever size ball you want.  This recipe made eight 1-inch balls.

4.  Roll in cocoa powder (or topping of your choice…crushed peanuts?)  to prevent sticking.

**These are delicious at room temperature but if you want to freeze them (which I recommend!) spread them out on a wax-paper lined baking sheet and freeze for about an hour. Once they are partially frozen you can throw them all in a bag or even individually wrap them. They’re an awesome grab and go snack or delicious sweet bite for dessert.  Feel free to experiment with flavors!

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