That's not the case with this Nutella. Hazelnuts are the main ingredient, and only a small amount of coconut oil and maple syrup are used. The additional sweetness comes from the wholesomeness of dates, and the rich flavour from unprocessed cocoa powder.
Here are the ridiculously simple 6-steps to make your own:
Step 1: spread your raw hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring once halfway.
Step 2: once removed from the oven and cooled, rub the hazelnuts firmly between your palms so the skin comes off. You can also use a clean towel if you'd prefer.
Step 3: picking up a handful at a time, toss the nuts back and forth between both hands so the skin falls from between your fingers. Place the peeled hazelnuts aside.
Step 4: blend the hazelnuts in a high speed blender or food processor for 5 minutes until a thin nut butter consistency is formed. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides.
Step 5: add the remaining ingredients and blend for another 3-5 minutes until smooth and well-incorporated.
Step 6: spoon into a jar and enjoy!
How easy is that!?
Now as for how to enjoy this:
I've already mentioned my favourite way: by the spoonful straight out of the jar
On toast or rice cakes
Rolled in a wrap with a banana to make "banana sushi" - super fun for kids!
Served with oatmeal or warm porridge
Used as a chocolate dip for fresh fruit
Used as a party dip for crackers or pretzels
Spread onto pancakes or French toast
... are you beginning to see the endless options?
Oh and the best part: remember when you used to lick the remaining cookie dough from the inside of the bowl when you were a kid? Welcome to the Mecca of leftover goodness stuck to the inside of a kitchen appliance:
Oooooh baby! I had a good time with this one. Hehe.