Home-Made Nutella

(AD) This recipe for choc nut butter is full of healthy ingredients. No preservatives, just whole foods. It takes a couple of minutes to whip up. You’ll need a Vitamix mixer that’s powerful enough to make nut butters. Also a must-have is a blade scraper to get the butter out from underneath the machine’s blades with ease.

For this recipe you will need a Vitamix, tamper and blade scraper like in the picture.
You can change up the nut base if you like, but I prefer hazelnuts and cashews for this choc-inspired recipe.

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons of coconut oil 

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

1 cup raw hazelnuts (unsalted)

1 cup roasted cashews (unsalted)

¼ cup cacao powder

¼ teaspoon vanilla paste

Grind of sea salt

Directions:

Melt the coconut oil and place it in your Vitamix blender. Next add the maple syrup, nuts, cacao powder, paste and sea salt.

Secure the lid.

Start the blender slow and then quickly increase it to a high speed for around 45 seconds to a minute. Use a tamper to press the ingredients towards the blades.

It sounds noisy making nut butter at first as it makes a high-pitched sound. But don’t worry, the blades are made for this job! You’ll soon hear a labouring sound, and you’ll find the butter done to perfection.

Remove the lid and use a scraper to scrape out all the nut butter from under the blades and place it into an air-tight glass jar in the refrigerator. It lasts about a week – if your kids don’t eat it within days (like mine do).

The Vitamix is built to make nut butters. You can use peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, and even add in other ingredients to add more nutrients, or to change the flavours ie sunflower seeds or flax seeds can be a great addition!

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Post by Rachel Grunwell: Wellness coach, recipe creator, and author of the book Balance. Rachel is a mum of three boys who is a serious foodie. She’s created recipes for honey companies, Lewis Road Creamery and even a New World store. She creates the recipes every issue too in Good magazine, always sharing health-full recipes that are yum, but also good for you!

Double Choc Protein Bliss Balls

Watch the 90-sec vid on how to make this recipe on my Instagra. Click HERE

These are the health-inspired version of Ferrero Rocher chocolates. These are so chocolatey and mouth-watering yum. I challenge you to stop at just one. I make a double batch and put them in the freezer. They last ages – if you are not a glutton like me (and my kids)! They’re a terrific health-inspired, protein-packed snack. Better still, you know what’s in them. There are no added preservatives or weird-numbered ingredients.

Feel free to swap out any ingredients if you don’t have them. Just use something similar ie what you have in your cupboard. For example, you can use cashew nuts or a mix of nuts instead. If you don’t have coconut oil, then use melted butter.

Double Choc Protein Bliss Balls

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

¼ Cup Rice Malt Syrup (or use maple syrup if you have that)

2 Tablespoons peanut butter (I use crunchy, but any you wish)

2 Cups raw almonds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons chocolate bits

Method: Place the liquid ingredients into your blender first (I use a Vitamix blender E310 

Then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend the mixture (I use the tamper to push the mixture around and to make sure it is well blended. Then remove the lid and scrape out all the mixture into a bowl. Place a golf ball size of mixture into your palm and roll into a ball. Put the bliss balls into an air-tight container. Repeat until you’ve rolled all the mixture into balls. Place the bliss balls into the fridge (or freezer). I love putting the bliss balls out on a platter with fruit and nuts for the kids for morning tea. Or I’ll often sneak out to the kitchen and grab one (or three!) for a snack through the day with a cup of coffee. Yum!

I use the Vitamix E310 high performance blender every day – either to make smoothies, sauces, nut butters, or for baking and cooking… It can even turn oats into oat flour. Peanut butter can be whipped up in minutes… Find out more HERE. These have a 5-year warranty and are more affordable than other Vitamix machines you might have seen on social media!

Check out Rachel’s book Balance: Food, Health + Happiness, which features 30 nourishing recipes and 30 experts sharing science-backed wisdom on how to live healthier & happier. Click Here

Rachel is a wellness expert, wellness magazine columnist and recipe creator. She’s also a mum who loves health-inspired food as much as chocolate.

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