If I knew how easy it were to make my own nut butter, I would have started doing so ages ago. It takes a little patience depending on the nut you are using, but it really is just a matter of food processing nuts until they are creamy. While Americans are all about the peanuts, almonds, and cashews, Turks are mostly pistachio and hazelnut-focused. So, in an attempt to make hazelnut butter, I took it a step further by adding some cacao and honey, mimicking the flavors of nutella. The mixture turned out a bit thicker than expected, but I imagine had I used more nuts, it would have remained creamy due to the oils. Nonetheless, the result was insanely delicious, and with the part that I didn’t eat out of the food processor with a spoon, I made bite-sized balls to freeze for a cool snack throughout the day.
Homemade Nutella Balls
- 1 cup roasted hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Food process 1 cup of hazelnuts until creamy, only stopping to scrape down the sides for a more thorough blend.
Add one overflowing tablespoon of honey, 3/4-1 tbsp of cacao powder, vanilla extract, and a dash of sea salt.
Food process until evenly combined. The resulting mixture will hold together but be very soft.
Form bite-sized balls and eat as is, or place them on parchment paper and pop into the freezer.