I love butters of all sorts: peanut butter, almond butter, cocoa butter, cashew butter, sesame butter (okay tahini), coconut butter, apple butter, vegan butter (aka margarine), even shea butter. But nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to how strongly I feel about chocolate hazelnut butter. To me, all other butters of any kind pale in comparison.
The omni world knows this stuff as Nutella… vegans and other folks may be more familiar with Justin’s brand. But me, well, I’m too cheap and too much of a purist for my own darn good, so I prefer homemade.
Luckily, whipping up a jar full of this stuff is ridiculously easy…
Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
What you need:
a food processor, or pretty decent blender that can chop up nuts with no worries
about 3 cups roasted hazelnuts, pieces or whole
about 3 tbsp – 1/4 cup (or more) cocoa powder, start with just a little, and add until flavor/consistency is reached
a few tablespoons agave, or other liquid sweetener
1/2 tsp salt
a jar to store it in
a lid for the jar
What you do:
Place nuts into food processor and blend until smooth. This could take several minutes. Scrape down the sides as necessary. Add in cocoa powder, agave and salt. Pulse quickly to blend. Stir well, and spoon into your storage jar. Close lid tightly. Store in fridge.
See how easy?! Now go and make some!