A Nutty Experiment

001 I love Nutella. I mean, really love Nutella. So much so that I refuse to buy it.  If I did, it would take over my every waking second just thinking about it sitting in the cupboard, waiting patiently for me to unscrew its lid and spread its insane yumminess onto anything edible within arms reach.  Radishes with Nutella?  Sure, why not? Nutella on top of toasty, warm bread right out of the oven is utterly divine.  Sliced apples dipped into a cup of Nutella…it’s a healthy snack, right?  A big dollop of it scooped right out of the jar with a spoon or better yet, my index finger and straight onto my tongue as I’m hiding from my kids in my parents’ pantry…happens every time we go home.  Nutella, oh how I love thee. So, when I followed a friend’s post on Facebook for how to make your own Nutella, I knew for sure that I would have to give it a try.005

Nutella is such a winner because it is the delicious combination of chocolate and hazelnuts.  The recipe that I followed stayed true to this blend of flavors, but unfortunately I did not have any hazelnuts or hazelnut oil in my kitchen.  What I did have was a huge bag of cashews and a big jar of coconut oil.  OK, so it might not be true to the original design, but I like to improvise and you get where I’m going with this.  I followed the recipe’s measurements exactly, but I substituted the nuts and oils…um, big mistake. It tasted NOTHING like Nutella. It was too chalky and lumpy and not at all spreadable.  Now, that does not mean that it didn’t taste good, it just tasted nothing like the Nutella of my dreams.

Here is the recipe from www.browneyedbaker.com :

2 cups (8 ounces) hazelnuts
1 cup powdered sugar
⅓ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt

I roasted my cashews, which in hindsight I probably should not have done, because…duh, they were already roasted and this second roasting just dried them out even more, which means they didn’t release any natural oil.  I needed that oil, because I had to add even more coconut oil to the mixture in order for it to stick together.  I must have thought I had raw cashews on hand…who knows?  Anyways, I am going to give this recipe another shot and I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m not only doing it  for myself, you know…I do have kids I must think about. Just think of the ways I could bribe them to eat their vegetables with homemade Nutella on them!

  One thought on “A Nutty Experiment

  1. Heidi Voskuil
    July 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm


  2. Katie
    July 25, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Maybe try soaking the nuts for a few hours first, like the raw foodists do when they make cashew “cheese.”

    • daraweyna
      July 25, 2013 at 3:55 am

      Excellent idea! I make this awesome vegan “cheese” spread…although it tastes absolutely nothing like cheese. It has roasted red peppers and soaked cashews as the base. I think I was a little too over exuberant about this recipe and I just dove in like a maniac without thinking it through!

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