There are certain flavor combinations that just seem destined for each other. If you have ever enjoyed Nutella you probably agree that chocolate and hazelnuts are one such combination! This delicious chocolate hazelnut spread is something that can easily be made from scratch, but I set out to make a paleo version, and my creation is one of the recipes I am most proud of! This paleo chocolate hazelnut spread is amazing with bananas, strawberries, or just a spoon :) It should take you 45 minutes or less to make, but this from scratch plaeo version is absolutely worth your time! Enjoy!
1 can (13.66oz) full fat Thai Kitchen coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut crystals
2 tbl. Earth Balance soy free buttery spread
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed
4 oz (by weight) Enjoy Life dairy- soy- nut- gluten-free semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tbl. organic blue agave
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a heavy saucepan heat coconut milk and coconut crystals over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture reaches a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring often, until mixture has reduced by half, approximately 30 minutes. Stir in “butter” and vanilla, remove from heat and cool. Arrange hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven. When nuts are cool to the touch rub them between your fingers or a tea towel to remove the skins (if you can find blanched hazelnuts, which are hazelnuts that already have their skins removed, you can save yourself some time here). Place the chocolate chips in a double boiler (in a small bowl over a saucepan of simmering water) and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. In a food processor process the cooled nuts until pasty, approximately 1 minute. Add the cooled sweetened condensed coconut milk mixture, agave, and salt. Blend the mixture well, scraping down sides of food processor bowl as needed. Add the melted chocolate and pulse until combined. Transfer spread to an air tight container and store in the refrigerator.
In my cookbook, Paleo Made Easy (available here), I have several paleo icings for my baked goods, but this chocolate hazelnut spread will also make an EXCELLENT frosting for any of your paleo baked goodies! If you are loving these recipes I’ve created definitely check out Paleo Made Easy!