Thrive Short Order | DIY Nutella {minus the health-harming ingredients}

This recipe is in honor of a friend of mine. She's a serious Nutella fan. I'm talking eating directly out of the jar with a spoon over the kitchen sink kind of enthusiast. Since I am concerned she might incur serious health issues from the poor quality oil, processed sugar and conventionally grown ingredients (which most likely contain GMOs), I decided a healthy alternative was in order. Namely, one that would not turn into an ordeal. What we needed was a lightening quick recipe with easily assessable ingredients. Not to mention it had to be convincingly delicious. I think this one fits the bill.

*As always, for ultimate flavor and nutrition, organic is best.

Ingredients . . .

2 1/2 cups hazelnut butter, either store bought or freshly made {see here}
5 1/2 tbs cacao powder {preferably raw}
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs coconut oil, melted
6 tbs Rapadura evaporated cane juice*
pinch of Celtic or Himalayan salt

Method . . .

Now, for the easy part. Add all ingredients to a food processor bowl fitted with the S-blade. Pulse until combined and smooth. Hand mixing is also an option, just more of a workout. If you chose this route, gently warming the hazelnut butter is a good idea. Store in an airtight glass jar.

*If you would like to avoid sugar altogether, you can use a few drops of stevia to taste.

"Chocolate is the first luxury. It has so many things wrapped up in it: Deliciousness in the moment, childhood memories, and that grin-inducing feeling of getting a reward for being good."
                                                                                             -Mariska Hargitay