Happy Monday! Read on before you start to scowl at me for celebrating the start of the work week because I have two exciting things to share with you this morning. The first is that I’ve gotten together with some of my blogger friends to give away a $500 Amazon gift card to two of our lucky readers and the second is my recipe for delicious Homemade Nutella Milk!
To make Homemade Nutella Milk, you’ll need a high-speed blender and a nut milk bag. If you don’t have either of those, you could purchase both of those items if you win and still have enough money left to buy a pound of hazelnuts; but if you win, you can use the gift card for anything you want. That’s the beauty of Amazon! You can buy just about anything your heart desires with the click of a mouse.
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And now for the other reason you are here, the Homemade Nutella Milk recipe.
I purchased this Zimtal nut milk bag a couple of months ago because I wanted to start making my own almond milk. Making your own nut milk is incredibly easy and I’ve added it to my regular list of Sunday food prep items. Lately, I’ve been playing around with other nuts and have made pecan milk, cashew milk, and hazelnut milk. It takes a little bit of elbow grease to squeeze the milk through the bag, but it isn’t difficult or overly time-consuming and the bag washes up easily and dries quickly.
I’ve been adding my freshly made nut milks to my coffee in the morning and sipping a little before bed. Homemade nut milk has a pure nutty flavor (duh). It literally tastes like you are drinking nuts because well… you are! I didn’t realize how much sweetener and additives were added to store-bought nut milks until I tasted it in its purest and raw form.
To make this recipe, you’ll need to soak hazelnuts overnight in water. That’s really the only part you’ll need to be aware of because it takes some advanced planning. If you don’t have a nut milk bag, I’ve seen tutorials around the web that use cheesecloth to strain the milk, but in my opinion, $10.95 is a steal for a piece of equipment that is designed to do this exact job. I am not sponsored by Amazon or Zimtal, I just truly love this product and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in making their own nut milks.
I’m currently experimenting with using nut milk to make creamy popsicles and as soon as saw hazelnuts in my cupboard, I knew I had to add chocolate to them. Raise your hand if you are guilty of nearly polishing off a jar of Nutella all by yourself. Come on… I KNOW I am not the only one. Well, this Nutella milk is no different. I challenge you to let it sit in your fridge overnight. If you can do it, you are a stronger person that I because the resulting Nutella milk lasted approximately 14 and a half seconds in my house!
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts, soaked overnight in 2 cups of water
- 1 additional cup water
- 1 cup raw hazelnut milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 teaspoons agave, more if you'd like it sweeter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Soak 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts in water overnight.
- Discard the water and add soaked hazelnuts to a high-speed blender or food processor. Add 1 cup of fresh water and blend on high for 3 minutes.
- Strain through a nut milk bag. This will make 1 cup (maybe even slightly more than 1 cup) of raw hazelnut milk.
- Add 1 cup raw hazelnut milk, cocoa powder, agave, and vanilla extract to a blender.
- Blend for about 1 minute until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Add a pinch of sea salt and blend for another 10-15 seconds.
- Taste and adjust chocolate and sweetness according to your liking.