Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 cup raw hazelnuts
1/4 cup Earths Basket Cacao Powder
1/4 cup maple syrup or agave syrup (vegan option) OR honey (non-vegan option)
1/4 cup Earths Basket Cacao Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast them for about 10 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly.
Once the hazelnuts are cooled, transfer them to a clean kitchen towel. Fold the towel over the nuts and rub them together to remove the loose skins. Some skins may remain, and that's okay.
In a food processor or blender, add the hazelnuts and process until they turn into a smooth hazelnut butter consistency. This may take a few minutes, and you may need to scrape down the sides of the processor or blender occasionally.
Add the cacao powder, maple syrup or agave syrup (or honey for the non-vegan option), melted coconut butter, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt to the hazelnut butter. Process again until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or saltiness if desired, adding more maple syrup or salt as needed.
Pour the hazelnut chocolate mixture into a clean jar or airtight container.
If you prefer a smooth texture, the hazelnut chocolate is ready to be enjoyed as is. If you prefer a smoother consistency without any hazelnut pieces, you can strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve before transferring it to the jar or container.
Place the jar or container in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until the chocolate is firm and set.
Once the homemade hazelnut chocolate is firm, it's ready to be used as a spread, drizzle, or filling in your favorite recipes.
Store the homemade hazelnut chocolate in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Remember to give it a good stir before each use, as the oils may separate slightly.
Enjoy your delicious Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate! Use it to spread on toast, dip fruit into, or even as a decadent topping for desserts. Whether you opt for the vegan or non-vegan version, this homemade chocolate is a delightful and healthier alternative to store-bought options.
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