Homemade Hazelnut Butter
One of those nut butters that goes well in many desserts, adding it’s unique flavor
Since it's a harder to find nut butter, hazelnut butter is a great choice for making at home. You can make homemade hazelnut butter and enjoy it raw, add chocolate or vanilla, or tailor it to your liking by adding maybe agave, dates, or honey for more sweetness.
How to make homemade hazelnut butter
If you decide decide to make homemade hazelnut butter, you can try toasting the hazelnuts, although you can use hazelnuts in any form you choose. I like to remove the skins to make the nut butter very smooth and creamy. The skins are very fibrous make the nut butter less creamy. As with many steps in the kitchen, there is a trick to getting the skins off easier. After toasting hazelnuts, transfer them from a baking sheet into a clean dishtowel. Using the towel, wrap the nuts in a bundle. Using one hand, hold the bundle. With the other hand, brush the nuts against each other. Keep at it for a few minutes and you will have mostly skinless hazelnuts, ready to be turned into homemade hazelnut butter. You will be simply amazed as you push the nuts to the side how much skin actually came loose.
As always I like to use my Vitamix when making nut butters, as I have found I get the best end results, texture and creaminess. The other part I like is that I can also make my nut butter crunchy if that is what I am looking after. When it comes to hazelnut butter I prefer mine completely creamy and made from toasted hazelnuts, even though with peanut butter and almond butter I prefer the extra crunchy variation.
Hazelnuts have a naturally sweet taste.
Just like all other nuts butters, you can choose to use your nuts raw, salted, roasted, unsalted, with the skin, or without the skin. You can make is smooth and creamy or crunchy and add a little Cacao powder. Turning this into a delightful chocolate hazelnut spread never hurt anyone. If you are trying to achieve the flavoring of Nutella store bought chocolate hazelnut butter, then you must include a sweetener. You can use cane sugar, however, you are encouraged to experience other natural sweeteners like dates, honey, agave, or even stevia.
Even though hazelnuts tend to be a little higher in total fat—of all the nuts it has the least amount of saturated fats. It’s low in carbs and high in fiber which helps make it one of the healthier nuts out there. Hazelnut Butter also tends to be on the lower end of the scale when you are looking at calorie count. For 2 tablespoons of hazelnut butter you are looking at 180 calories, 17g fat, 1g saturated fat, 5 carbs, and 4 grams of protein. By itself you could consider it one of the healthiest nut butters (in moderation of course). And although hazelnut butter simply by itself is very tasty, many consume the chocolate hazelnut spread variation and add sweetness to this already semisweet nut butter. At that moment it begins to loose some healthy merits versus when it’s consumed in its raw form.
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Lisa Saremi is health and wellness coach for Limitless-U and blogger for eatnuts.com. Lisa received training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program on dietary theories, practical lifestyle management and innovative coaching methods with top health and wellness experts.