Move over Nutella—there’s a new healthy hazelnut spread in town and it’s hanging out in your kitchen. Our homemade hazelnut spread packs the sweet, gooey taste of storebought products, but with none of the palm oil and other added junk that’s terrible for our bodies and planet.
You can whip up this spread in about an hour and have enough to enjoy all week. Or, if you like it as much as we do, few days, tops.
The Health Benefits of Hazelnuts
The health benefits of hazelnuts abound. Since hazelnuts are replete with antioxidants, hazelnuts also reduce oxidative stress which can cause cell damage that results in accelerated aging, heart disease, and cancer.
In fact, the antioxidants that are found in the greatest abundance in hazelnuts are phenolic compounds, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and blood cholesterol. It's these compounds that may actually be the most beneficial for protecting against cancer and bolstering heart health.
So, we shouldn’t need to sweeten the pot anymore. This homemade healthy hazelnut spread tastes good and is good for you.
Let’s get to the recipe, which is from our Plant-Based Vegan Guide. But you can get dozens of other delicious and nutritious recipes just like this one in any of our nutrition guides. (Psst: They’re on sale now!)
BodyRock’s Healthy, Homemade Hazelnut Spread
Makes ~10 servings of spread. 1 tbsp = 1 serving. Calories: 150 Fat: 9g Carbs: 19 Protein: 9
- 1 MEDIUM PEAR
- 2 CUPS RAW HAZELNUTS
- ¼ CUP COCOA POWDER
- 1½ TBSP VANILLA EXTRACT (PURE)
- ½ CUP 100% MAPLE SYRUP OR XYLITOL
- 1 PINCH STEVIA
- ¼ TSP SALT
- 1 TSP COCONUT OIL
- ½ CUP ALMOND MILK
1) Preheat oven to 400 F.
2) Roast the hazelnuts for 6-8 minutes.
3) Use a paper towel to rub their skins off once they’re done.
4) Use a food processor to blend nuts into a butter.
5) Add the other ingredients and blend until smooth.
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