I am a huge fan of chocolate hazelnut spread, but was crushed when I learned years ago that the company (that shall not be named) who makes the most common brand is responsible for some major deforestation. Also, homemade is generally more delicious and better for you. The best part of this version is that you can make it as chocolate-y as you like. My version is more like bitter-sweet dark chocolate vs. milk chocolate, but you could make yours sweeter if you like.
I used it recently as a topping for challah french toast. I won’t post the recipe for the toast, since french toast recipes abound, but the chocolate hazelnut spread is really a must try (and the photo may inspire you!).
– 3 cups toasted hazelnuts
– 2/3 cups chopped dark chocolate, melted
– pinch of sea salt
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
Blend the hazelnuts until smooth, add the melted chocolate, salt and vanilla and blend until smooth. You can add a dash of maple syrup or agave if it is not sweet enough for you. This recipe would be yummy with toasted almonds, walnuts or macadamia nuts as well.