After 30 days on the Whole 30 Challenge and 12 days reintroducing foods back into my diet, I learned two things: sugar and dairy do not agree with me.
Do you hear that?
That’s just my world shattering around me.
Almost ALL of my favorite things have dairy and sugar in them:
Chocolate Ice Cream
And above all else….NUTELLA!!
That’s right folks, the days of enjoying Nutella without a care in the world are gone. Oh, don’t worry. I will still eat Nutella if I have to (i.e. I happen upon an open container and a spoon – shoot, who needs a spoon, I have 10 clean fingers).
So what does this girl do to remedy the situation? Learn to live without the heavenly chocolate-hazelnut spread? Oh hellllls no! She makes her Paleo Nutella.
It’s actually quite easy. You see, there is this magical plant out there that solves all of our problems – the coconut! I subbed in coconut sugar for granulated sugar and coconut milk for the milk that you would find in a bar of chocolate. The result: a creamy, chocolatey, sweet, nutty, Paleo Nutella that would make a piece of cardboard delicious.
It all starts with some hazelnuts (and a few almonds because hazelnuts are expensive!). First I toasted them, then I roughed them up a bit in a dish towel to get as much of the skins removed as possible. Then I ground them up in a food processor until I got something akin to hazelnut butter. From there I added in the cocoa powder, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and salt. I kicked the food processor back on, and drizzled in the coconut milk until its smooth and creamy. Too little milk and you will have a ball of hazelnut dough.
I wasted no time spreading this on about everything I could find. An apple, a cracker, a banana slice. Man this stuff is good. And I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t made it myself that there isn’t any sugar or milk in it at all.
Maybe there is hope for me after all!
- 3/4 cup hazelnuts
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar (or more to taste)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread hazelnuts and almonds evenly on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let nuts cool for about 10 minutes. Place nuts on a dish towel and rub until skins fall off. Place hazelnuts and almonds, without skins, in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add in cocoa, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and salt in the food processor and process on low. Slowly add in coconut milk until the mixture is smooth and creamy, no longer coarse. Add more or less coconut milk if necessary.
- You can use other sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or maple sugar. Add more or less to taste.