I have only been out of the United States once in my life. I visited Germany in college with my choir, and it was incredible. So many great things were gained from that visit.
- The cutest, yellow H&M top that I wear to death
- Getting the chance to sing in the Cologne Cathedral.
- Viewing all the gorgeous architecture.
- Eating all the incredible food…. except for the mysterious green sauce from Berlin. Not one person ate it, blah.
Nutella… oh Nutella… you’re not exactly healthy, but sometimes I pretend that you are so I can eat you on toast for breakfast or grilled you like I would a grilled cheese sandwich. You make the world a happier place.
I don’t know why I never thought of making it myself. But the why doesn’t matter, because it has been made! And it is delicious…. and smidge bit healthier.
I happen to run across a post on homemade Nutella on a lovely blog called Love, Julie
. After reading it, I knew I wanted to give it a shot. But the space case as I am sometimes, forgot to make it.
That is until this past weekend… oh did I have a HUGE craving for some Nutella on my multi-seed toast. BUT sometimes the husband does this fun thing where he uses all of something but continues to put it back in the cupboard so I believe there is some left…. yeah that happened.
Good thing I knew I could make it, who know what would have become of Josh. I bet Julie didn’t know she would be resolving marital spats in her post about Nutella.
How easy this spread is to make will shock you. Promise. I intentionally made my version a little less sweet and little more chocolatey.
On a completely unrelated note to homemade Nutella, actually it’s way more important, I want for us to remember those who have been deeply effected by the storms in Joplin, MO.
Growing up in Kansas, I was used to tornados every spring and early summer. You know the drill, you do it, and typically you get by unscathed. That’s the crazy part to me. Joplin is used to tornadoes. They have drills. They have shelters, and yet it still was the deadliest single tornado in the last 60 years.
There are so many place taking donations. Let us not forget our brother and sisters in need. Here are a few sites (of many) if you feel led to give.
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
recipe inspired from Love, Julie
- 1 1/2 cup whole raw hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
- 1/4 cup & 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toast you hazelnuts and almonds in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Stir half way through for equal toasting. Plus toasted nuts in the bowl of a food processor and grind for a very long time until it times into a peanut butter looking substance. You will need to scrap down the food processor bowl for it to get to this state. Mine took about 15 minutes. Add cocoa until well combined. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract until well combined. Put in a cute jar and tie a ribbon around it, because you’re done. Enjoy!