Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fun with Raw Nutella

Raw Nutella (RAWtella) with Apple Crepes, Strawberries, Chocolate Sauce and Cashew Creme
Have you noticed lately that Nutella (the hazelnut and chocolate spread) seems to be all the rage here in the states? There are all sorts of recipes using it. The first and last time I had it, I think I was sixteen and it was brought to me with my breakfast bread basket while in London. The idea excited me- chocolate for breakfast! But I have to say I was disappointed and never tried it again.
(what can I say? I was sixteen.)

So after seeing this sudden trend, I thought I'd give it a try again but with a raw twist this time. I looked up Nutella and the main ingredients are sugar, then milk, then hazelnuts with very little chocolate. When it was originally invented in Italy back in the 40's it was created to extend the shortage of chocolate created during war time with blending it with the over abundant local hazelnuts. It was half hazelnuts and half chocolate.

This sounded better to me than a sugar and milk based recipe.

So I got down to business and I can tell you I have a whole new love!

Without further adieu I give you....

Raw Nutella (RAWtella) with Strawberries

RAWtella

1 cup hazelnuts, soaked about 1 hr, strained
1/3 cup cacao (or cocoa in a pinch)
1/3 cup agave syrup
2 Tbsp coconut oil, in liquid form
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup almond milk (or water)

Grind up the hazelnuts in your food processor until finely ground
Add all but the almond milk and continue pulsing until mixed. 
It will probably ball up.
Start adding almond milk and pulse until you reach the consistency you desire.
Keep in a cover container in the fridge.

Can't tell you how long it will last because ours was gone in a flash!


What to do with RAWtella?
 Here is the fun part!

Use it for dipping any kind of fruit. 
What doesn't go well with chocolate? 
Raw Nutella with Bananas

Mix it with fruit in a parfait
RAWtella, Cashew Creme, Bananas and Raspberries
( Ps: I discovered a new version of Cashew Creme that will knock your socks off! Next post- promise!)



Because Nutella is famous for pairing with crepes....

Raw Crepes and Bananas with Raw Nutella (RAWtella)


And we had to make several crepes...

Raw Apple Crepes with Raspberries and Raw Nutella (RAWtella)

and there were still more crepes...

Raw Apple Crepes with Strawberries, Chocolate Sauce, Cashew Creme
and of course RAWtella!
(PPS : Crepes will be in the next post too along with the To Die For Cashew Creme!!)
Valentine's Day is coming you know!

It's hard to pick a favorite way to eat RAWtella. 
It was ALL SO GOOD!

We had it for breakfast, snacks, lunch even dinner one night! 
and why not, it is just nuts and fruit really.

I was feeling a little chocolate saturated but then I caught myself thinking today...

I do have more hazelnuts....maybe I'll whip up another batch!


Hmmm....Can you ever have too much chocolate?

I don't think so!
 ;-)




7 comments:

Hello my name is Marjorie said...

Jodi get out of that tub before you lapse into a chocolate coma, Lol! I love this article, will be buying hazelnuts soon as possible! Good job as usual!

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

Thanks Marjorie! I'm already going through withdrawls this last week. It was so much fun with RAWtella in the house! Hard to go back to life without it. ;-)

Maria said...

Jodi, I did the RAWtella, and wow was it delicious! I love the pinch of salt, chocolate with a little bit of salt is just so delicious. How did you make whipped cream? What did you use?

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

Jodi- Maria- check the following post. I reveal all! ;-)

Twin Goddess said...

just watched that movie and found your blog while doing a research. I want to go ahead and do a lifestyle change and one I can also get my kids to follow as well. This blog sounds like a perfect way to learn how to change my habbits and learn what to eat and cook as well. thanks so much for sharing. This nutella receipe sounds great. Its definitly something i am going to try.

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

I'm so glad you found me Twin Goddess! Raw Nutella will definitely win you some points. I think the thing to remember about kids is that simple food is easy for them. They haven't developed the complex taste in food that happens as we get older. They love simple fruit for its natural sweetness and Green Smoothies are always a winner. It's the adults that think they won't like it because of color but kids love green things! As long as it's fruity enough. Let me know if you have any questions. And have fun!

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

I'm so glad you found me Twin Goddess! Raw Nutella will definitely win you some points. I think the thing to remember about kids is that simple food is easy for them. They haven't developed the complex taste in food that happens as we get older. They love simple fruit for its natural sweetness and Green Smoothies are always a winner. It's the adults that think they won't like it because of color but kids love green things! As long as it's fruity enough. Let me know if you have any questions. And have fun!

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