By, Sammy Caiola
It’s rare to meet a person who does not like Nutella. The creamy hazelnut spread has a fan following that trumps peanut butter, fluff and all of the other sugary jarred sandwich accessories. So that’s probably why brand managers have declared Feb. 5 National Nutella Day.
Native Foods Café uses this image courtesy of nutelladay.com
Vegans do not get to experience the wonder-condiment because it is made with skim milk and therefore booted from the list. While some say it’s no big and opt for Justin’s organic chocolate hazelnut spread instead, others are silently sulking about the dilemma.
But never fear- with just a food processor and a little creativity, you too can be part of the Nutella craze. Lots of vegan bloggers have provided vegan Nutella recipes that involve simple ingredient like skim milk, oil, sugar, hazelnuts and cocoa powder. This one from About.com looked the easiest, so I gave it a spin and taste-tested it with a few buddies.
Needless to say, I was pleased with the results. The texture is a little chunkier than I’m used to, but you could get it smoother with a newer and sharper food processor. The taste, however, is spot on. Here’s my process
1. Get your ingredients together:
-1 ½ cups chopped hazelnuts (find them in the baking aisle)
-1/4 cup cocoa
-3/4 cups powdered sugar
-2 tbsp soy milk
-4 tbsp vegetable oil OR 3 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp coconut oil (I did the second option and I think it made it creamier).
2. Put the hazelnuts in the food processor and blend until they become a mushy paste, sticking to each other and to the walls of the processor
3. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until you reach the desired texture. It took me about five minutes with a few stops to scrape residue off processor . It looks a little gross, but it’s what you’re looking for.
3. Voila! That’s it. Stick it in a jar and save it for a rainy day
Find a creative use for it on the spot! I made vegan peanut butter cookies and used my “nutella” as a cookie sandwich filler. It was a big hit!
So if you’re feeling left out of World Nutella Day, just try celebrating it the vegan way!