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Home-made Nutella......a chocolately treat

At last, the recipe!

I made this for my workshop on Nutrition for Children, just as a little treat. Something to have in the back pocket (not literally) in the midst of all the healthy eating. Plus as a way of incorporating some healthy fats from nuts and coconut oil and minerals from raw cacao into the diet.


This does have a little bit of sugar in it, which you can play around with, gradually adding less and less. Even as it is, though, it's a gazillion times better than what you buy in the supermarket....and very yummy scrummy too.


A little bit goes a very long way, so just for a treat, on wholewheat toast with a little bit of banana or sliced apple.



1 jar hazelnut butter (Meridian = 170g, bought for €3.75 in Holland & Barrett)

30g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids, Lindt, or Tesco Finest 72%)

1 tbsp coconut oil (try Cocowell from Spar or Dunnes)

1.5 tbsp raw cacao (try or good quality cocoa)

1.5 tbsp dark brown muscovado sugar, rapadura or maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt



Boil about an inch of water in a pot on the hob. When bubbling, place a glass bowl on top (try to have the base of the bowl not touching the water) and turn the heat down low. Add the dark chocolate and coconut oil to melt them. When a bit liquidy, add the cacao, vanilla and salt. Mix well & take off the heat.


Put the hazelnut butter in a blender. Add the chocolate mixture and blitz. That's it. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. Yum.


(Adapted from a recipe on

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