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Vegan Nutella [Sep. 30th, 2011|10:42 am]
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Hi everyone!
I am lactose intolerant (which in a lot of ways makes being vegan easier I suppose) but I still get killer chocolate cravings. In desperation the other night, I looked up some dairy-free nutella recipes.

I found this recipe and decided to give it a go.

For the link-phobic, here's how I did it:
1 cup raw hazelnuts. I roasted them in the oven at 180C for 10 minutes until the skins were almost black, then rubbed them vigorously in a tea towel to get the skins off. Don't worry if you can't get them completely skin-free.

I popped them in a food processor and blitzed them. You'll get a fine powdery nut meal at first - keep blitzing, and make sure to scrape the sides occasionally. After a few minutes, the nut meal will ball up around the blade. Keep going. Eventually, you'll see the stuff liquefy as the oils come out. That's what you're aiming for.

Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar), 1/5 cup unsweetened cocoa and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. As you blitz again, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of peanut oil (vegetable oil is also fine). You'll end up with a slightly gritty texture, unless you have a thermomix or a professional nut grinder. BUT THAT DOESN'T MATTER, because it is DELICIOUS, and way better than the stuff you get in a jar. And vegan. :D

Those quantities made me about 2/3 cup of "nutella", which is all I needed. You can double or triple the recipe accordingly. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container and stir before spreading.

[User Picture]From: rabbit_glasses
2011-09-30 01:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for this! I love Nutella, so I'll have to try this.
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[User Picture]From: vampireborg
2011-09-30 01:20 am (UTC)
OK, I need to try this with stevia powder instead of white sugar. On 30 carb a day as a treatment for epilepsy and I MISS NUTELLA.
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[User Picture]From: rikkitsune
2011-09-30 01:31 am (UTC)
Dude, DO IT. I have some stevia in my pantry, let me know how you go and I'll try it too!!!!
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[User Picture]From: vampireborg
2011-09-30 01:44 am (UTC)
OK, I will. Lucky I live about four blocks away from a Trader Joes and can get a decent stevia powder there.

May need to sub a different filler (coconut flour?) for a quarter or half of the stevia, it's much sweeter than sugar and all that. If I did 1/4 the stevia and added the same amount of coconut flour, it should work out ok, but may need extra oil.

Edited at 2011-09-30 03:57 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ohletmetelu
2011-09-30 04:04 am (UTC)
Yes!!! This is so awesome! If anyone tries it with stevia, re-post & let us know how it goes :)
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[User Picture]From: bleed_peroxide
2011-09-30 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh man, thank you so much for sharing this! ♥ I was ready to start mourning the loss of Nutella until I found that yes, I can have the same nummy spread without milk in it :D

Edited at 2011-09-30 01:20 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: hearts_of_hope
2011-09-30 04:36 pm (UTC)
There are actually quite a few vegan "nutellas" out there (not Nutella brand though). This looks lots better though, so palm oil!
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[User Picture]From: hearts_of_hope
2011-09-30 04:37 pm (UTC)
*no palm oil, that is
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