Run out of the nutty stuff? We tried making our own

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Image: Homemade Tries: Making Nutella

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There are two ways you can make homemade Nutella. The first is the healthy-ish way and the second is the naughty way. In a fit of self-restraint, we decided to make it the virtuous way minus the refined sugars, which is a bit more bitter than your standard Nutella but still totally delicious.

 

Alternatively, you can just throw caution to the wind and stick with the naughtier ingredients for a super decadent version of the world's most wonderful spread. Buy a loaf of crusty bread, take the phone off the hook and lock the doors and windows because you're not going to want to share.

Makes 1 medium-sized jar
You'll need:

5-6 tbsp honey or agave syrup, or 110g icing sugar (not both)

150g whole hazelnuts

100g good quality milk chocolate and 100g of dark, or 200g milk chocolate

3-4 tbsp rapeseed oil

60g cocoa powder

A Nutribullet (unless it is mighty powerful, a normal food processor may not be able to handle your nuts. We do not want to be responsible for breaking your food processor.)

Plus (for the naughty ones) 2 tbsp golden syrup

 

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Step 1

Stick your hazelnuts in the oven on 150˚C / 130˚F / gas mark 2 for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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hazelnuts

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Step 2

While your nuts are roasting, melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.

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melting choc

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Step 3

Once your nuts are browned, put them in the Nutribullet and blend.

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hazelnuts

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Step 4

Still in the Nutribullet, add the oil, icing sugar or honey, cocoa powder and melted chocolate to your nuts. Blend again.

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Step 5

If your mixture hasn't totally bound together, put it in a mixing bowl and mix with a wooden spoon. Obviously unless you have eye-watering levels of self-restraint you will have tasted it by now. If it's not sweet enough add some golden syrup and keep tasting until it's as you like it.

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ends

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Step 6

All that's left to do is put it in a fancy jar or, you know, just spread it immediately onto fresh bread.

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spreading

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Sure, it's never going to be as easy as picking a jar up from the corner shop but it's fun to have a go.

 

Prepare to get fat.