How to Make Vegan Nutella - A Homemade Lactose Free Treat
Who doesn't absolutely love Nutella? It is a little bit of chocolate heaven.
Unfortunately, this delicious treat contains both skim milk and whey and those milk products make this a non-vegan food. Additionally, they may cause problems for those who are lactose intolerant.
The other drawback to store-bought Nutella is the high levels of sugar in the jar. Yikes! I have a few simple options that will replace the white sugar with a much healthier alternative.
There is good news, though! It is extremely easy to make this dish at home without using milk products. Not only is this a healthier alternative, it is fun to make and just as delicious as the store bought version. Many times, I will downsize this recipe and make a small batch that will last a few days.
A few simple ingredients and less than twenty minutes is all it takes!
- 2 cups Hazelnuts
- 1 1/2 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Agave or Light Maple Syrup
- 1/2 cup Soy Milk, (or Almond Milk)
- 1/4 tsp Salt, (optional)
- 1 tsp Olive Oil, (optional)
I prefer not to use white sugar when I can avoid it. There are a lot of health concerns that may be tied to the growing use of refined white sugar and I would prefer to minimize it when feeding my family.
Look at the table below for a listing of some of the healthier alternative sweeteners that are readily available at the grocery store.
Brown Rice Syrup
Lo Han Guo
Processing with a Vitamix
If you have never used a Vitamix, I highly recommend you give it a shot. These are high quality tools that will last a lifetime. It has a very powerful motor that spins the blades significantly faster than normal food processors. In fact, if you leave it running, the friction of the blades will heat up the water to near-boiling. Now that is amazing!
- Lay the raw hazelnuts on a cookie sheet and lightly roast them at 350F for 10 minutes.
- To remove the skins, place the roasted hazelnuts in a paper towel and vigorously rub them. The skins should fall right off. Remove the skins.
- Place the nuts in your food processor and process them until they are smooth. I prefer to use a Vitamix, but any food processor will work fine.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process for another 2 - 3 minutes.
- For best results, stop periodically and scrape the sides of the container with a soft spatula.
Interesting History of Nutella
Did you know that Nutella was created in WWII? A baker in Italy used hazelnuts as a filler for a limited supply of cocoa. So, we can thank a world war and chocolate rationing for the advent of Nutella!
Once finished, I keep it in the refrigerator for use. I have also frozen excess amounts without any trouble.
Spread some on your toast and feel proud that you made this healthy version of a delicious treat!