It is DAY 25 of "I LOVE Vitamix" month and we are into our last week of the Vitamix 5200 giveway.
Today I am posting one of my favourite guilty pleasures - home made vegan chocolate hazelnut spread. I was reminded of this naughty little recipe when my friend, Mika, texted me yesterday requesting an alternative to peanut butter for her son, Kai, who refuses to put anything else on his toast! I gave them a Vitamix for Christmas, and suggested they make their own flavoured nut butters in their blender, and then move onto fruit spreads and then healthier vegetable spreads like the pineapple ginger spread.
Even though this spread contains a lot of sugar, I decided it would be a great fun start to get Kai excited about making his own spreads. He really enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with smoothies, so I think this will work! I almost didn't post this recipe because it is so simple and easy. But then, I remembered., "that is the point of this recipe site!" Besides, the combination of chocolate and hazelnut never gets old!
So here it is! Vitamix Recipe #25: Home Made Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Spread. You can make this in 15 minutes (including roasting the hazelnuts) in your Vitamix or food processor. **Note: you cannot make this in a regular blender.
This recipe is very simple: just use hazelnuts, cacao powder, vanilla, water or oil, a pinch of salt, and your choice of sweetener. Play around and find what works for your taste preference. But here is the blend I like the best.
This recipe makes about 1 cup and will keep in the fridge for up to a week. But it never lasts that long.